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The New Zealand Essential Skills Visa Occupation List

New Zealand, as most other countries do, offer special visa’s to qualified and experienced talent needed in a variety of positions deemed ‘Essential Skills’.

The New Zealand Essential Skills Visa Occupation List

Essential Skills are skills or occupations which the New Zealand Government have identified as being necessary for economic growth in the country but for which local talent is not available.

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Obtaining a New Zealand Essential Skills Visa will allow the visa holder and their immediate family to relocate to New Zealand where they my live, study and under some circumstances partners may be able to work in the country too.

How long you can stay on an Essential Skills Work Visa

The time you can spend in New Zealand on an Essential Skills Work Visa will depend on your circumstances.

You can stay in New Zealand for up to 5 years on an Essential Skills Work Visa, depending on your circumstances. Check the table for the circumstances that apply to you. The times listed in the table are the maximum you can stay on each Essential Skills Work Visa. If your employment contract is for less than the time indicated below, your visa will be granted for the length of your employment contract.

If you want to extend your stay in New Zealand, you can apply for another Essential Skills Work Visa. There's no limit to the number of Essential Skills Work Visas you can apply for, or the total time you can spend in New Zealand on Essential Skills Work Visas.

Each time you apply for a new Essential Skills Work Visa you'll need to show us you meet all the requirements for us to grant you a visa - this will include your employer re-testing the New Zealand labour market before offering you a job.

Some occupations on the Essential Skills List are:

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Accountant
Actuary
Aeronautical Engineer
Aeroplane Pilot
Agricultural Specialists
Air Traffic Controller
Analyst Programmer
Archaeologist
Architect
Various Judicial professionals
Cartographer
Chiropractor
Psychologist
Computer Network and Systems Engineer
Database Administrator
Various Farmers
Most Engineers
Most Medical and medical care professionals
Economist
Endocrinologist
Finance Professionals
General Practitioner
Geologist
Most ICT professionals
Almost all scientists
Computer Network professionals
Journalists
Some Teaching professionals
Winemaker
Some positions in the hospitality industry
Social Worker
Various trades including plumbers, cabinet makers, fitter and turners, bricklayers and motor mechanics.

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