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Work to Residence Visas

Work to Residence Visa Categories

Long Term Skill Shortage

The Long Term Skill Shortage List is a list of occupations in New Zealand recognised as having an identified and absolute (sustained and ongoing) shortage of skilled workers.

Occupations listed on the New Zealand Long Term Skill Shortage List (formerly called the POL) are considered to be in shortage on all regions of the New Zealand Immediate Skill Shortage List (formerly called the OSL).

The following professional groups are outlined in the LTSSL:

  • Professionals;
  • Health Groups;
  • Trades;
  • Information Technology (IT);
  • Creative;
  • Electronics; and
  • Services and Sales

Long Term Skill Shortage List Work Policy

The Long Term Skills Shortage List Work Policy allows New Zealand employers to offer skilled overseas workers employment if their profession is listed on the Long Term Skill Shortage List (LTSSL).

This policy provides for a temporary multiple-entry 30 months Work Visa/Permit which has the potential to lead to permanent residence as part of the New Zealand Work to Residence category.

To be eligible under this policy you must:

  • Be under 53 years of age;
  • Have an offer of employment in New Zealand in an occupation that is included on the LTSSL that meets the specifications for that occupation, including:
    • For employment in New Zealand;
    • For a period of at least 24 months;
    • For full-time employment (amounts to at least 30 hours per week);
    • Current at the time the NZIS assesses your application and at the time of issue of the visa/permit;
    • Genuine;
    • Accompanied by evidence of full or provisional registration, or eligibility for such registration, if full or provisional registration is required by law to take up the offer; and
    • Compliant with all relevant employment law in force in New Zealand.
  • Be suitably qualified by training and/or experience to undertake your offer of employment as well as meeting any specific requirements set out in the LTSSL; and
  • Have met or are able to meet any of the necessary New Zealand registration requirements if these are required to take up the offer.

Long Term Skill Shortage List Residence Policy

A permanent Resident Visa for New Zealand can be applied for under the Long Term Skills Shortage List Residence Policy after 24 months in New Zealand, providing you are able to meet all of the permanent residence requirements and are under 55 at the time of application.

To be approved for residence under this policy you must:

  • Have held a Work Visa/Permit granted under the Long Term Skill Shortage List Work Policy for at least 24 months;
  • During the currency of that visa/permit, have been employed in New Zealand in an occupation included on the Long Term Skill Shortage List for a period of at least 24 months;
  • Currently have employment (see below) with a minimum base salary of NZ$45,000 that is in either:
    • The occupation for which you were granted a work visa/permit under the Long Term Skill Shortage List Work Policy; OR
    • An occupation which is listed on the Long Term Skill Shortage List at the time your application for residence is made; AND
  • Be aged 55 years or younger;
  • Hold full or provisional registration, if full or provisional registration is required to practice in that occupation in New Zealand; and
  • Be healthy and of good character.

Talent (Arts, Culture, Sports) Long Term Skill Shortage List Work Policy

Talent (Arts, Culture, Sports) Work Visa

The Talent (Arts, Culture and Sports) Work Visa is a work to residence visa that allows you to attract and support people from overseas who have exceptional talent in a field of art, culture or sport.

The New Zealand organisation of national repute supporting the candidate’s application doesn’t have to be the same organisation:

  • that’s employing them
  • or person who’s sponsoring them.

A representative of the New Zealand organisation of national repute that’s supporting your candidate’s application, must complete section B of the ‘Talent Sponsorship Form’ as evidence of their support.

Talent (Arts, Culture, Sports) Resident Visa

This visa is for holders of Talent (Arts, Culture, Sports) Work Visas who have been actively involved in New Zealand in their declared field of exceptional talent for more than 2 years. If you are still prominent in that field and your continued presence will enhance New Zealand’s accomplishments, you may be eligible for this resident visa.

Requirements:

  • To apply for this visa, you must hold a Talent (Arts, Culture, Sports) Work Visa and have been actively involved in your declared field of talent for 2 years.
  • You must still be prominent in your declared field of talent and be able to enhance the quality of New Zealand’s accomplishments in that field.
  • You must have an acceptable sponsor and support from a New Zealand organisation of national repute  in your declared field of talent.

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