A relative in my family has a temporary visa to be in New Zealand. They have an overseas qualification that is on the jobs shortage list and want to work in New Zealand.

Our best advice is they must get a job offer that is closely related to and substantially uses the skills that they got from their qualification. Some listed jobs require prior work experience as well before someone can take advantage of the Shortage Lists. The rules around this can be tricky and we may need to give advice on this.

In the meantime, they should get a pre-assessment of their qualification by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA). This can be done online here. It may be useful if they later want to apply for Skilled Migrant Residence.