Immediate Skill Shortage List (ISSL)
NZ Immigration Specialist



Immediate Skill Shortage List (ISSL)

What is the Immediate Skill Shortage List?

The Immediate Skill Shortage List (ISSL) is a list of occupations which are in shortage in particular regions of New Zealand.

This list is updated everysix months.

When supporting a temporary work visa application for an occupation on the Immediate Skills Shortage List, an employer doesn’t need to provide evidence of attempting to recruit New Zealanders for the position.

Evidence of recruitment attempts is not required because Immigration New Zealand recognises that employers are unable to find enough people with these skills and qualifications in New Zealand.

A person seeking a temporary work visa for an occupation on the ISSL  must meet the exact qualification and work experience requirements as specified on the list.

If you don’t have meet the exact qualification and work experience requirements specified on the Immediate Skills Shortage List for a particular occupation, we may not consider you qualified for that occupation.

Please note that this list is not used for Skilled Migrant Category or other residence policies – it only applies to temporary work visa policy.


Comment (4)

  • Megandrin gounden - August 23, 2014

    Looking for a intermedaite life support paramedic job in new zealand.

    • Hi Gounden,

      We do not seek jobs for our clients; you can contact the local district health boards to seek a job.




  • md.hasan imam - November 30, 2014

    Hi sir I m hasan from Singapore. My position welder .how I can apply.pls email me.thsnks.

    • You need to secure a job first; go to NZ Seek, TradeMe and see job listings.