The full release of changes can be found on Immigration New Zealand’s website here. We have summarised these changes for you below.
A number of occupations have been removed from the Long Term Skills Shortage List. The occupations removed are mainly medical and science based. According to Immigration New Zealand, most of these roles have received very low numbers of visa applications over the last five years and there are other immigration options available. The removed occupations are:
There has also been a tightening of requirements for Registered Nurses (Critical Care and Emergency, Medical, and Perioperative). Now to meet the LTSSL requirements, these nurses must have five years’ post-qualification experience.
All other LTSSL occupations remain unchanged.
The Immediate Skills Shortage List has also undergone a slimming process, with most of these occupations being removed for the same reasons given as the LTSSL occupations. Occupations removed from this list are shown below:
Resident Medical Officer is being retained on the ISSL, with experience requirements being increased to two years’ post-qualification experience.
INZ received a number of submissions to add Café or Restaurant Manager to the list, but declined to do so.
What does that mean for you?
If you work in one of the occupations that have been removed, don’t worry! Appearing on a skills shortage list isn't necessary to obtain a work visa or even residence in New Zealand. You are now likely to face some additional steps in the visa application process, but rest assured it won’t be impossible. And although these occupations have been removed from the shortage lists, that doesn't mean there isn't still a high demand for them.
If you are concerned about how this might affect your immigration prospects, call our office on (03) 942 9234 or email via the contact form to book in for a consultation with one of our licensed and qualified immigration advisers. We’re always happy to help.