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Green List Occupations announced by INZ - simplified

If an employer wants to hire a migrant on the Accredited Employer Work visa and the role is on Green List of the occupations, then, the employer can complete the job check without proof of advertising as long as the minimum requirements for the role at least match the minimum requirements on this list.

The Green List also provides a fast-track to residence and a work to residence pathway.

Occupations that have a fast-track to residence

If you are eligible and have work in any of the jobs below, you can come to New Zealand on a work visa from 4 July 2022 and apply for residence from September 2022. Minimum salary requirements will apply for some jobs and will change with the median wage each year.

Construction Roles

  • Construction Project Manager

  • Project Builder

  • Quantity Surveyor

  • Surveyor

Engineering Roles

  • Chemical Engineer

  • Civil Engineering Technician

  • Civil Engineer

  • Electrical Engineer

  • Electronics Engineer

  • Electrical Engineering Technician

  • Electronic Engineering Technician

  • Environmental Engineer

  • Geotechnical Engineer

  • Industrial Engineer

  • Materials Engineer

  • Mechanical Engineer

  • Production or Plant Engineer

  • Structural Engineer

  • Engineering Professionals (Not Elsewhere Classified)

  • Telecommunications Engineers

  • Telecommunications

  • Network Engineers

Health and Social Services Roles

  • General Practitioner

  • Anaesthetist

  • Psychiatrist

  • Specialist Physicians Not Elsewhere Classified

  • Surgeons (Including General Surgeons, Cardiothoracic Surgeon, Neurosurgeon, Orthopaedic Surgeon, Otorhinolaryngologist, Urologist and Vascular Surgeon)

  • Other Medical Practitioners (Including Dermatologist Obstetrician and Gynaecologist

  • Ophthalmologist

  • Diagnostic and Interventional Radiologist

  • Radiation Oncologist

  • Resident Medical Officer

  • Medical Laboratory Scientist

  • Clinical Psychologists & Psychologists

  • Physicist (Medical)

  • Orthoptist

  • Veterinarian

Primary Industries and Science Roles

  • Other Spatial Scientist

  • Environmental Research Scientist

  • Food Technologist

ICT, Electronics and Telecommunications Roles

  • ICT Managers

  • Software Engineer

  • ICT Security Specialist

  • Multimedia Specialists

Occupations that are eligible for work to residence

If you are working in any of these occupations, and are eligible, you can apply for residence after 2 years working in New Zealand.

Health and Social Services Roles

  • Anaesthetic Technician

  • Medical Laboratory Technician

  • Medical Imaging Technologist

  • Medical Radiation Therapist

  • Occupational Therapist

  • Sonographer

  • Podiatrist

  • Audiologist

  • All Registered Nurses (including but not limited to Aged Care)

  • Midwife

  • Teachers - Secondary with specialisations and registered ECE

Trades Roles

  • Automotive Electrician

  • Diesel Motor Mechanic (including Heavy Vehicle Inspector)

  • Electrician (General) –registered

  • Plumber – registered

Agriculture Roles

  • Dairy Cattle Farm Manager

  • Dairy Farm Manager

  • Assistant Dairy Farm Manager and

  • Dairy Herd Manager.

Migrants paid at least twice the median wage in other roles can also apply for residence after two years.

A review is underway of the Skilled Migrant Category. This pathway will be reopened later in 2022 after applications for the 2021 Resident Visa close on 31 July.


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