Long Term Skill Shortage List Work Visa

New Zealand
Cost of Living
Talent Migration


This visa offers a pathway to New Zealand residence. To apply, you’ll need to have the specified work experience, qualifications and occupational registration to work in an occupation on our Long Term Skill Shortage List, and an offer for work in that occupation. If you continue working in that occupation in New Zealand for 2 years, you can apply for a residence permit.



30 months



48 Month(s)



100 (varies)


P. Residency

24 Month(s)


Processing time

within 11 weeks




What are eligibility requirements for the Long Term Skill Shortage List Work Visa?

9 Eligibility Requirements

  • You must have valid passport.
  • You must be of good character and health.
  • You might be asked to provide acceptable language test results like IELTS (if applicable).
  • You must be of 55 years old or below.
  • You need to have one of the skillsets listed in the Long Term Skill Shortage list. Please check the link for details.
  • You must have a job offer which satisfies the requirement of the Long Term Skill Shortage.
  • Your qualification should be eligible for the job offered.
  • You must have the relevant job experience according to the job offered.
  • You may need an occupational registration (as applicable).

Which documents do I need to apply for the Long Term Skill Shortage List Work Visa?

12 Document Required

  • Passport size photos.
  • Copy of passport.
  • Copy of birth certificate.
  • Police clearance certificates.
  • Chest x-ray and medical examination results.
  • Acceptable English language test results (if applicable).
  • Employment contract.
  • Educational qualification proof relevant to the job offered. Check the link for detailed information.
  • A report from the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) confirming any qualification that isn’t on our list of recognised or exempt qualifications.
  • References, payslips, tax records or contracts that confirm your work experience.
  • Occupational registration (if applicable).
  • Additional documents may be required on case basis.

Talent Migration data for New Zealand

Talent gain & drain map of 2015-2019 data. Sourced from World Bank Digital Development Data.

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