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New Zealand is a small country with genuine shortage of people. There are opportunities for everyone and if you consider moving here – this article is for you. We will tell you what’s in demand, where to look at and what visa may be suitable for you.

What is a skill shortage?

A skill shortage exists when there are not enough people with a particular skill to meet demand. Skill shortage is a catch-all term used to describe a range of situations in which an employer finds it hard to find a worker with the right skills. Skill shortages may differ in cause and nature.

What’s in demand?

Find out what jobs are currently on Immigration New Zealand’s long term, immediate and Canterbury skill shortage lists, within the following industries.


Now is a good time to look for New Zealand jobs – the market is hot! Based on our experience, you will have great chances to get residence is you work in Trades, Health and Social Services, Construction, Health, ICT and Science industries.

What visas are suitable for Skills Shortages?

Work to Residence (Long Term Skill Shortage List)

If you have a permanent or long-term job offer and meet the work, qualification, age, health and character requirements you could apply for a Work to Residence visa under the Long Term Skill Shortage List work visa. This is a temporary work visa for up to 30 months.

Residence from Work (Long Term Skill Shortage List)

If you have held a Work to Residence visa (see above) for at least 24 months and continue to meet the requirements, you can apply for resident status under the Residence from Work category.

Skilled Migrant Category

If you have enough points and meet the requirements then you may be eligible to apply for a Resident Visa under the Skilled Migrant Category. This category of visa allows you to live and work in New Zealand indefinitely and access most publicly funded services. The first step towards applying for this visa is to submit an Expression of Interest.

Essential Skills

If you meet the above requirements and have a job offer in the Canterbury region then you may be eligible to apply for an Essential Skills temporary work visa. The duration of the visa depends on the term of your job offer, your skill level and labour market conditions. Essential Skills work visas are intended to fill temporary skill gaps, so they do not lead directly to a residence application (however many of the occupations are eligible for residence under the Skilled Migrant Category).

How do I find a job?

It’s absolutely acceptable and legal to apply for jobs before you get a visa. Employers normally understand the situation, and when you get a job, will help you with your visa application or find an Immigration Adviser for you. Just remember that you cannot work before you het the visa.

Do you help with work visas?

Yes, we do. Once you have a job offer – please book a free consultation with us and we will get the visa sorted for you. Our experienced team has successfully represented hundreds of clients and we will be happy to create the right plan for you.


Until next time

Jig Patel

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