14 Occupations including dietitians, and hospital pharmacist have been removed from the Long Term Skill Shortage List (LTSSL) and Immediate Skill Shortage List (ISSL) for the purpose of hiring foreign skilled workers. The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment completed the annual review of two of the Essential Skills in Demand Lists and proposed changes effective from early March 2014.
1. Occupations Removed from LTSSL
Occupations that have sustained and ongoing shortage of skilled workers throughout New Zealand. Migrants may be granted a work visa under the LTSSL Work to Residence or Essential Skills instructions if they are offered employment in any of the occupations listed in LTTSL. Migrants may gain bonus points towards their application for residence under the Skilled Migrant Category if they have an offer of employment, work experience or qualifications in an area identified on the LTSSL.
The occupations which are being removed from the LTSSL are:
- Hospital Pharmacist
- Industrial Pharmacist
- Internal Auditor
- Medical Diagnostic Radiographer
- Occupational Therapist
- Retail Pharmacist
- Conductive Education Practitioner
- Specialist Manager not elsewhere classified
- Speech Language Therapist
- Urban and Regional Planner
2. Changes in ISSL
Immediate Skill Shortage List (ISSL) comprises of occupations that have an immediate shortage of skilled workers either throughout New Zealand or in certain regions. Migrants who wish to work in occupations on the ISSL may be granted New Zealand work visas under Essential Skills instructions if they also meet the required qualifications and/or professional experience.
One occupation being added to the ISSL:
- Registered Nurse (Mental Health)
The occupations being removed from the ISSL are:
- Dispensing Optician
- Internal Auditor
Foreign nationals seeking residence in New Zealand through immigration can check their profession online.