Essential Skills in Demand Lists

The Essential Skills In Demand Lists are the Long Term Skill Shortage List (LTSSL),the Immediate Skill Shortage List (ISSL) and the Canterbury Skill Shortage List (CSSL).

INZ uses the LTSSL for both temporary work and residence instructions. If you come to work in New Zealand based on meeting the LTSSL requirements, you may be eligible for residence through our Work to Residence (LTSSL) instructions, or the Skilled Migrant Category.

The ISSL is only used for temporary work instructions.
If you come to work in New Zealand based on meeting the ISSL requirements, there is no direct link to residence. If you meet the requirements on the list and in immigration instructions, INZ will accept that no New Zealanders are available for the position(s).

INZ uses the CSSL for temporary work visas under either the Essential Skills instructions or Work to Residence (LTSSL) instructions.
The CSSL contains occupations required during the Canterbury rebuild, following recent earthquakes in the region.

Professions listed are currently in high demand in New Zealand.
Please take into consideration seasonal effects in the construction and tourism industry.
Even if your profession is listed, please do not underestimate the effort in securing a vacant position.
Commitment and determination as well as an active and positive approach is still obligatory.

The three lists are available here: LTSSL PDFISSL PDF and CSSL PDF

What if my occupation is not on one of the lists?

If you want to apply for a temporary work visa (or recruit temporary workers from overseas), the occupation does not need to be on one of the lists.
The employer must show that they have genuinely searched for suitably qualified and trained New Zealander workers (so-called labour market test).