The Green List addresses skill shortages in New Zealand. It opens guaranteed residence pathways for migrants.
To make New Zealand a highly desirable destination for skilled migrants, professionals on the Green List can now qualify for a fast-track pathway, the Straight to Residence Visa or for a Work to Residence Visa.
The Green List replaces all Skill Shortage Lists, also known as Essential Skills in Demand Lists.
If your role is listed on the Green List, and you have the qualifications, registration or experience required, you may be able to get residence immediately or after 2 years of working here.
You might be eligible to apply for this visa if you currently work, or you have a job offer, from an accredited employer, and your role is on Tier 1 of the Green List.
An accredited employer is an employer who has been approved by Immigration New Zealand to employ workers on the Accredited Employer Work Visa (AEWV). Only accredited employers can support an AEWV.
You might be eligible to apply for this visa if you currently work for, or have a job offer from, an accredited employer, and have worked in a Tier 2 Green List in-demand role for 24 months.
Roles qualifying for a fast-track to residence, as set out in the original Green List:
Bus & truck drivers
Bus and truck drivers will have a time limited residence pathway through a sector agreement.
An employer can complete the job check stage without proof of advertising if the job:
If you are an employer wanting to employ a migrant, ask us how we can help.
*Please note: New Zealand has previously used 3 Skill Shortages Lists that recorded the skill shortages in New Zealand. They were the:
These lists have been replaced by the Green List.
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