Immigration New Zealand has concluded it’s review of the Immediate Skills Shortage List (ISSL) and, due to the economic downturn and it’s consultations with various labour representatives, it has decided to remove 44 occupations from the list!
What does this mean for you?
This means that as of today if you want to claim points for having an occupation or qualifications or experience in what is regarded as an area where New Zealand is experiencing a shortage of skilled professionals, you will have to ensure that your occupations is still listed on the revised list.
If your occupation is no longer on the list, you may still be able to qualify for a temporary work permit (with the possibility of applying for a permanent visa at a later stage). But you will have to have an offer of employment from a New Zealand employer who is able to show that he/she has made a genuine effort to find individuals to fill the role from within New Zealand.
genuine attempts to recruit a suitable New Zealander, as is the process with all other occupations. If, after the labour market is tested, Immigration New Zealand is satisfied no suitable New Zealanders are available in that location then temporary work permits will still be granted.
Here is the full list of occupations which have been removed from the ISSL:
Occupations which were identified as readily trainable and those for which New Zealanders may be available were prioritised for review, to ensure opportunities for New Zealanders.
Occupations no longer on the New Zealand Immediate Skills Shortage List:
The occupations being removed from the ISSL with effect from Monday 15 June 2009 are:
- Agricultural and Horticultural Mobile Plant Operators
- Bicycle Mechanics
- Binders and Finishers (this includes Perfect Binders and Print Finishers)
- Butchers or smallgoods makers
- Cabinetmakers (marine)
- Carpenters (including builder)
- Crane, Hoist or Lift Operators
- Dental Assistants
- Earthmoving Labourers (Asphalt, concrete, chip sealing and road pavement workers only)
- Electronic equipment and electronic instrument trades workers
- Motor mechanics (automotive technician)
- Painting trades workers (painter, decorator and paper hanger)
- Paving Plant Operators (Roading)
- Pig Farmers (Farm Manager) (Pork Industry)
- Pig Farm Workers (Senior Stockperson only)
- Plasterers (fibrous and solid)
- Plastics Die Setters
- Printing machinists (including die cutter operators, die makers, flexographic printers and folder gluer operators, sheet fed offset printers, and stitcher operators).
- Product Assemblers (Aluminium Joiner)
- Reinforced Plastic and Composite Production Workersa (Fibreglass)
- Reinforced Plastic and Composite Production Workers (Marine Laminator)
- Roof Tiler and Plumbers and Supervisors of both.
- Screen Printers
- Sheep Farm Workers (Senior Shepherd/ Stock Manager)
- Sheep Farm Workers (Shepherd only)
- Sheetmetal trades workers
- Textile Dyeing and Finishing Machine Operators (Fabric Finishing Specialist/Technologist)
- Travel Consultants (Senior)
- Vehicle painters (including refinisher)
- Web-offset Printers
If you have any concers about this please feel free to contact us for a re-evaluation of your best visa options.
Alternately visit the INZ website for more information.