There are three Essential Skills in Demand lists:
For many migrants these are important lists as it might be easier to get your visa approved if your occupation is on one of these lists AND you meet the exact requirements on the list.
The Canterbury Skill Shortage was reviewed and the changes made came into effect on 14 December 2015.
Immigration New Zealand completes a review of the Long Term and Immediate Skills Shortage list every year.The new and revised lists are effective from March 2016. This might seem a long way away but if your occupation is going to be removed it is better to know now. You might want to fast-track your plans as you still have a few months to lodge an application.
Long Term Skill Shortage ListSummary of changes
The following two occupations will be removed:
Add the following four occupations:
Remove the following occupations:
The following occupations are removed for the list:
The text “including at least 12 months’ relevant work experience in New Zealand” is added to the following occupations:
If you work in one of the occupations that have been removed, don’t worry! You probably will still be able to obtain enough points to apply for a resident visa. You might have to go through some additional steps in the visa application process though.
If you have a job offer in one of the occupations that have been removed or you are currently on an Essential Skills work visa and wish to renew, you might be affected. Your employer will now have to prove that he is not able to find suitable New Zealand candidates for this position before a (new) visa can be granted.
If you are on a Work to Residence (LTSSL)visa and you work in one of the occupations that have been removed from the Long Term Skill Shortage List, you no longer are able to apply for a resident visa after 2 years. You might be eligible to apply for a resident visa under the Skilled Migrant Category though.
If you just want to start your EOI process or your EOI has not been selected from the pool double check that