The Green List will make it easier for employers to hire and attract migrants for specified high- skilled, hard-to-fill occupations, with guaranteed residence pathways for eligible people.
The Green List only contains a small number of highly skilled roles that have been identified as being in high demand globally and in ongoing shortage in New Zealand.
These roles will have registration, qualification or experience requirements, and more detail on these is available on the Immigration New Zealand website.
Employers won’t need to provide proof of advertising for these occupations when progressing an Accredited Employer Work Visa job check application.
Eligible migrants working in these occupations will have clear pathways to residence, either through a direct to residence application or after working in New Zealand for two years, depending on the role. Their partners will have open work rights. Both residence pathways will be limited to migrants 55 years or younger, which is aligned with the Skilled Migrant Category requirements.
The Green List is about making it easier to attract globally in-demand workers, but it is not the only pathway to residence available. Other employers will still be able to access skilled migrants, and many of them will also have a pathway to residence through the Skilled Migrant Category.
Eligible migrants employed in these occupations can come to New Zealand on a work visa from 4 July and apply for residence from September 2022. From September residence can also be applied for directly from offshore. Minimum salary requirements apply where specified, and these will be indexed to the median wage and change over time.
Construction Project Manager Project Builder
Civil Engineering Technician
Electrical Engineering Technician
Electronic Engineering Technician Environmental Engineer Geotechnical Engineer
Materials Engineer Mechanical Engineer Production or Plant Engineer Structural Engineer
Engineering Professionals (Not Elsewhere Classified)
Telecommunications Network Engineers General Practitioner
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 And Radiation Oncologist)
Resident Medical Officer
Medical Laboratory Scientist
Clinical Psychologists & Psychologists Physicist (Medical)
Other Spatial Scientist Environmental Research Scientist Food Technologist
ICT Managers ($120,000)
Software Engineer ($120,000)
ICT Security Specialist ($120,000) Multimedia Specialists ($95,000)
Eligible migrants in these occupations can apply for residence after two years:
Anaesthetic Technician Midwife
Medical Laboratory Technician Teachers - Secondary with specialisations and
Medical Imaging Technologist Medical Radiation Therapist Occupational Therapist Sonographer
All Registered Nurses (including but not limited to Aged Care)
Registered ECE Automotive Electrician
Diesel Motor Mechanic (including Heavy Vehicle Inspector)
Electrician (General) –registered
Plumber – registered
Dairy Farm Managers
Migrants paid at least twice the median wage in other roles can also apply for residence after two years.
The Green List provides two pathways for residence – a fast track or work to residence path. Eligible migrants working in these occupations or who are paid twice the median wage will have clear pathways to residence.
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.
The existing skills shortage lists will be replaced by the new Green List. This means any roles that are currently on a skills shortage list, but not on the Green List won’t be exempt from a labour market test unless they pay at least 200% of the median wage.