Changes to the Essential Skills in Demand Lists

Changes to Immigration New Zealand's Essential Skills in Demand (ESID) Lists came in effect from 11 April 2016.

The ESID Lists aim to facilitate the entry of appropriately skilled migrants to fill skill shortages and to reduce costs and time delays for employers seeking staff. However, this objective must be balanced by the need to ensure that there are no suitably skilled or qualified New Zealand citizens or resident workers available to undertake the work, and that the shortage is genuine.

These changes implement the decisions announced on 18 December 2015 to:

  • add four occupations to the Immediate Skill Shortage List
  • remove seven occupations in the oil and gas sector from the Immediate Skill Shortage List
  • remove six other occupations from the Immediate Skill Shortage List
  • remove two occupations from the Long Term Skill Shortage List.

It also updates the requirements (e.g. qualifications and experience) which migrants need to satisfy to apply for a work visa or a residence visa using the skill shortage lists. The requirements can be accessed through the Skill Shortage List Check.

The changes for the Dairy and Beef Farming occupations will take effect on 30 May 2016.

The 2016 ESID review will commence about 18 April.

Source: Immigration New Zealand