a small country with 4 million people
with a rapidly aging population, combined with a low birthrate, and to
make it worst it loses about 10% of its skilled labor to other countries that pay
better wages. This recipe result in a demand for
highly number of skilled workers across the country. This is one of the main problems
happening in New Zealand and also in Australia . The Demand
for workers begins in occupations requiring university qualifications and specializations,
plus technical professions and even for temporary basic jobs
such as picking grapes or kiwi on farms. The only solution to ensure
their products can go to their domestic market and abroad, is to import
people. So New Zealand has launched a program aiming to attract skilled professionals and others who can meet the demand in key
positions and thus contribute to maintaining the country's growth. Still
it went further, offering to these professionals a chance to live and work indefinitely, including the chance to
get the citizenship after a certain period.
To minimize the crisis as quickly as possible, the NZ government
decided to open two lists to get workers in demand:
the first one is called Immediate Skill Shortage List (ISSL)
In other words this is a list for professionals or people with skills and experience in a particular industry that
it is in urgent demand for professionals. These sectors are
in deficit for a certain type of workers now, but can be stabilized in a few years. The other list was named
Long Term Skill Shortage List (LTSSL), which we call chronic disabilities, where there is a steady demand and
in a short time will be impossible to stabilize. Both lists are reviewed every six months, and some professions can
stay or leave, while others can be included.
There is also another list, but this is not official
but rather a set of professions that are showing up lately
created due to rapid advances in technology worldwide, and New Zealand does not yet have many of these professionals
available. As an example, the photo at the top of the page illustrates very well one of them, and involves communication technology + computer, and even climbing. All technologies and their professional interest also to New Zealand to have them around. Below we have a summary of the main occupations in demand at the moment, and then links to the official website of immigration, where all the professions in demand are shown.
Another very important point is that the occupations listed as in demand, refer to the New Zealand market only, and so it has to be made there or get the professional recognition of the official NZQA (New Zealand Qualification Authority)). For example, it is worth entering a course in a polytechnic in NZ and studying, say, nursing. The course will last two or three years, and will cost some money, but the result is that the termination of the employment law is right, and very reasonable salary to live a good life. The cost of this investment can be paid for his work on probably a year, and you can get a job forever. It's not just nursing, many other professions can be chosen, and the most important of all, choose one that is like the heart, as any one will give their support.
The list LTSSL can be used both for work and for temporary residence. If you come to work in New Zealand, based on fulfillment of the requirements LTSSL, you may be eligible for residency through a program of work to residence (LTSSL) or the Skilled Migrant category.
Tip: If you have not entered or completed his college course, or want to start a technical course, well worth doing the course in New Zealand if your intention is to immigrate later.
note these are some
examples that may
already have changed).
Mechanics, Gas fitters, Plumbers, Welders, Carpenters
Information communications and technology
Creative technical innovation
Food and beverages,
Custom boat-building and
Secondary school teachers
Note: This is just a small
sample list because in fact the list is huge. To see the
list in full please select Immediate Skill Shortage List
(ISSL) and Long Term Skill Shortage List (LTSSL) short
term and long term.
The Canterbury Skill Shortage List (CSSL)
was created to recruit occupations needed in the reconstruction Canterbury, following the recent earthquakes in the region.
It is also important to know that many of these professions will require that the candidate
get additional courses to adapt to the curriculum and standards
to work in New Zealand. Teachers, all medical, all the professional
trades such as Electricians, Plumbers etc may require other
courses plus registration in unions to exercise their skills
. In other words, they will give the final approval word if your diploma or knowledge acquired in the country of origin will
be ok to work in NZ or you will have to get some complementary academic or practical training.
For Doctors- If you are in any area specialized medicine
The first step
to organize when planning to work in NZ is the
recognition of your diploma and/ or your work experience, and submit all your documentation to NZQA (New Zealand Qualification Authority) to
be assessed. They will analyze each document, each diploma, will see if the subjects
you have studied are the same workload in NZ, and if the grid hits with them. If there is any difference is likely
you will have to complement with courses in NZ to get your diploma / experience recognized. Your work experience must also be documented on letterhead of the firm with the date of admission,
type of work performed etc. The documents to be submitted are true copies of each,and translated
if necessary into English. Do not send your original documents.
For those who just want to go to NZ when they already have a guaranteed job, we suggest you
to have your CV in the Kiwi Style and apply to the various online job
websites. Once someone is interest in your work, get a letter
confirming a job offer from them and enter a request for Work
Visa at the Embassy or Immigration. Professionals like doctors,
nurses, architects and trades such as plumbers electricians
etc should also first contact the registration organization
in NZ to check the requirements. People from IT skills
(information technology), may just need to show the diploma and work experience, without the need to
There is a government program called "Work to immigrate" where you apply, and after two years of work can apply for permanent residence. For more info and details see the website of
John realized his qualification as a Surfer was
not a work in demand in New Zealand.