Changes to Work to Residence and Occupations on the Green List

Starting from April 7, 2024, there are significant changes in the eligibility criteria for Transport Sector Work to Residence visas. Specifically, bus and truck drivers who apply for an Accredited Employer Work Visa (AEWV) or start working as bus or truck drivers on an open work visa after this date will no longer be eligible for a Transport Work to Residence visa. However, those who currently hold an AEWV, have already applied for one (and got approved), or are already working on open work visas will still be eligible for a Transport Work to Residence visa.

Green List Updates

Exciting news for skilled professionals! As of April 8, 2024, six new roles are being added to the Green List, covering nine ANZSCO occupations. These additions open up promising pathways to residency for you:

Straight to Residence

  • Aviation Engineer (Avionics, Aeronautical, Aerospace Engineer)
  • Naval Architect (also known as Marine Designer)
  • ICT Database and Systems Administrator
  • Mechanical Engineering Technician
  • Aircraft Maintenance Engineer

Work to Residence

  • Corrections Officer

However, it’s worth noting that previously announced roles will not be included in the Green List:

  • Paving Plant Operator
  • Metal Fabricator
  • Pressure Welder
  • Welder
  • Fitter (General)
  • Fitter and Turner
  • Fitter-Welder
  • Metal Machinist (First Class)
  • Panel Beater
  • Vehicle Painter
  • Road Roller Operator

Construction and Infrastructure Sector Agreement

Additionally, plans to integrate seven roles into the Construction and Infrastructure Sector Agreement will not proceed:

  • Driller’s Assistant
  • Earthmoving Labourer
  • Earthmoving Plant Operator (general)
  • Linemarker
  • Machine Operators (not elsewhere classified)
  • Mechanic’s Assistant
  • Road Traffic Controller

These changes reflect the evolving landscape of New Zealand’s immigration policies, which emphasise addressing skill shortages while ensuring a streamlined visa application process. The aim is to attract and retain skilled professionals in sectors with a high worker demand. By staying informed, you can navigate your immigration journey effectively and understand the government’s efforts to balance the needs of the economy and the interests of the local workforce.


About ICL Immigration 

ICL Immigration is a 20-year-old licensed immigration adviser based in Auckland, dedicated to making your dream of settling in New Zealand a reality. With a 97% approval rate, we offer specialized services in skilled migration visa, family reunification, student visas, and business immigration, guiding you seamlessly through every step of your journey.


For the latest information, always refer to the official Immigration New Zealand or New Zealand government websites.

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