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Canterbury Reviews and Revises Skill Shortage List

February 2014, 14
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The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment has made a number of changes to the Canterbury Skill Shortage List (CSSL) and these changes take effect from 14 February 2014. As per these declared changes: four new occupations,

  1. Truck Driver (General)
  2. Welder 
  3. Fitter-Welder
  4. Metal Fabricator  

have been added to the ‘skill shortage list’; one occupation, that of ‘Urban and Regional Planner’ has been added; there have been changes in some criteria required, pertaining to work visa requirements and these criteria take away some or delete some qualifications which are outdated and insert some additional/new and relevant qualifications.

In addition, the list specifies the minimum required qualifications and this, it is expected, would be of help to applicants as well as to immigration officers. These changes in the skills list it is believed and expected will be consistent with the wordings of two other official lists in use by the ministry.

The actual need, immediacy and the rationale for bringing out this list, the ‘Canterbury Skill Shortage List (CSSL)’ is that the Canterbury region was affected by an earthquake some time ago and the region needs to rebuild itself. And so, in line with (or, in alignment with) the policy of the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment to keep the aforesaid list relevant to the changing (or, even the ever changing) needs of the region, these above indicated changes in the needs for occupations and the relevant qualifications and other such criteria have been undertaken and made.

This aforesaid policy is thus being implemented through gathering of relevant market information, cross-checking of the labour needs of the region and the markets, etc. This way, it is ensured that the labour market’s needs are met and the region has sufficient labour to meet its needs and also that the native New Zealanders are not adversely affected in regard to their employment needs.

Thus, as per this new list, a prospective migrant is eligible for employment and a job visa in New Zealand if he/she meets any of the listed occupation’s requirements and also, provided that he/she has a genuine offer letter from any company/employer in Canterbury. It is also quite easy to check if any person is eligible to obtain and work in New Zealand by visiting the list check of skill shortages put up the ministry at the following website of New Zealand Immigration. The next review of the Canterbury Skill Shortage List (CSSL) is expected only by June 2014.         

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