Understand New Zealand’s Green List


The Green List is a list of occupations in high demand in New Zealand, signifying the government’s recognition of the need for skilled workers in specific fields to support the country’s economic and social development.

To be eligible for residency under the Green List, individuals must work in a profession listed on the Green List and meet specific qualifications, registration, and work experience criteria.is divided into Tier 1 (Straight to Residence) and Tier 2 (Work to Residence), each offering different pathways to residence based on the occupation.

Tier 1: Straight to Residence

Tier 1 occupations are those for which New Zealand has an acute shortage of skilled workers. Migrants working in these occupations may be eligible for a Straight to Residence visa, allowing them to apply for residency immediately upon meeting specific criteria, such as having the qualifications, registration, or experience required for the role. This tier includes various professions, from healthcare specialists to engineers and IT professionals.

Tier 2: Work to Residence

Tier 2 covers occupations also in demand but to a lesser extent than those in Tier 1. Migrants in these roles may be eligible for a Work to Residence visa, which means they can apply for residency after working in New Zealand for two years, provided they meet the requisite health, character, and English language requirements, among other specific conditions related to their occupation.

Recent Updates to the Green List

In early 2024, New Zealand announced the addition of 17 new roles to the Green List, reflecting the evolving needs of its economy and labour market. These additions span a range of industries, from aviation and marine engineering to ICT and skilled trades. The update underscores New Zealand’s commitment to attracting global talent in sectors critical to its growth and development.

Examples of New Additions

  • Tier 1 (Straight to Residence): This category includes highly specialized roles such as Aviation Engineers (covering Avionics, Aeronautical, and Aerospace Engineers), naval architects, and ICT Database and System Administrators, indicating a targeted approach to filling critical gaps in these high-tech fields.
  • Tier 2 (Work to Residence): Features a variety of skilled trades and technical roles, including Road Roller Operators, Metal Fabricators, and Welders, reflecting the ongoing demand for skilled labour in construction, manufacturing, and infrastructure projects.

Update April 7th,2024: Changes to Work to Residence and Occupations on the Green List

On April 7th, 2024, the New Zealand Government implemented significant changes to the Green List, impacting both the Work to Residence visa category and the list of eligible occupations. These updates are crucial for individuals planning to work and reside in New Zealand, especially those in the transport sector and other specified industries.

Additionally, on April 7th, 2024, the Green List saw the addition of six new roles, encompassing nine ANZSCO occupations. These roles include both Straight to Residence and Work to Residence categories, covering professions such as Aviation Engineer, Naval Architect, and Corrections Officer.

Unfortunately, several previously announced roles will not be added to the Green List, and plans to include certain occupations under the Construction and Infrastructure Sector Agreement have been halted.

For further details on these updates and their implications for immigration to New Zealand, please refer to our comprehensive news article here.

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Eligibility and Application Process

To be eligible for residency under the Green List, applicants must work in an occupation listed on the Green List and meet specific qualifications, registration, and experience requirements.

These criteria ensure migrants possess the skills and competencies necessary to contribute effectively to New Zealand’s workforce. Additionally, applicants must satisfy health, character, and English language standards, aligning with New Zealand’s broader immigration requirements.

The Straight to Residence and Work to Residence visa application process involves several steps, from assessing eligibility and gathering the necessary documentation to applying through Immigration New Zealand’s online portal. Prospective applicants are encouraged to consult the official Immigration New Zealand website or seek advice from registered immigration consultants to navigate the process successfully

The Impact of the Green List

The Green List plays a crucial role in New Zealand’s immigration strategy. It facilitates the entry and integration of skilled workers into the economy, helping to address immediate and long-term skill shortages. For migrants, the list offers a clear pathway to residency, providing stability and opportunities for growth in a country known for its high quality of life, dynamic economy, and inclusive society.

The Green List facilitates employers’ recruitment of international talent, ensuring that industries experiencing labour shortages can readily access the skilled workforce necessary for their success. This, in turn, supports New Zealand’s economic resilience and competitiveness on the global stage.

Below is the detailed list of occupations on the Green List, updated on 04 March 2024.

Tier 1 Occupations (Eligible for Straight to Residence)

OccupationANZSCO CodeOccupationANZSCO Code
Acoustic Engineer233999Medical Oncologist253314
Addiction Practitioner272112Medical Practitioners nec253999
Alcohol & Drug Clinician272112Medical Radiation Therapist251212
Ambulance Paramedic411112Midwife254111
Anaesthetic Technician311211Multimedia Specialist261211
Analyst Programmer261311Neurosurgeon253513
Audiologist252711Nuclear Medicine Technologist251213
Audiometrist311299Nurse Practitioner254411
Cardiologist253312Obstetrician and Gynaecologist253913
Cardiothoracic Surgeon253512Occupational Therapist252411
Careers Counsellor272111Operating Theatre Technician (Sterile Processing Technician)311214
Chemical Engineer233111Optometrist251411
Chief Information Officer135111Ophthalmologist253914
Chiropractor252111Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon252311
Civil Engineer233211Oral Health Therapist411214
Civil Engineering Technician312212Oral Medicine Specialist2523
Clinical Dental Technician (Dental Prosthetist)411212Oral Pathologist252311
Clinical Haematologist253313Oral Surgery Specialist2523
Clinical Psychologist272311Organisational Psychologist272313
Clinical Physiologist234599Orthopaedic Surgeon253514
Construction Project Manager133111Orthodontist252311
Counsellors nec272199Orthoptist251412
Dental Specialist252311Orthotic and Prosthetic Technician311299
Dental Technician411213Orthotist or Prosthetist251912
Dental Therapist411214Osteopath252112
Dentist252312Other Spatial Scientist232214
Developer Programmer261312Paediatric Surgeon253516
Diagnostic and Interventional Radiologist253917Paediatrician
Dispensing Optician399913Pathologist253915
Drug and Alcohol Counsellor272112Perfusionist (Cardiac)311299
Educational Psychologist272312Periodontist252311
Electrical Engineer233311Physicist (Medical)234914
Electrical Engineering Technician312312Physiotherapist252511
Electronic Engineering Technician312412Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon253517
Electronics Engineer233411Play Therapist (Hospital)252299
Emergency Medicine Specialist253912Podiatrist252611
Endocrinologist253315Product Design Engineer233999
Endodontist252311Production or Plant Engineer233513
Enrolled Nurse (Nursing Assistant)411411Project Builder133112
Environmental Engineer233915Prosthodontist252311
Environmental Research Scientist234313Psychiatrist253411
External Auditor221213Psychologists nec272399
Family and Marriage Counsellor272113Psychotherapist272314
Food Technologist234212Public Health Dentistry Specialist2523
Gastroenterologist253316Quantity Surveyor233213
General Practitioner253111Radiation Oncologist253918
Genetic Counsellor251999Registered Nurse (Aged Care)254412
Geotechnical Engineer233212Registered Nurse (Child and Family Health)254413
Hospital Pharmacist251511Registered Nurse (Community Health)254414
ICT Managers nec135199Registered Nurse (Critical Care and Emergency)254415
ICT Project Manager135112Registered Nurse (Developmental Disability)254416
ICT Security Specialist262112Registered Nurse (Disability and Rehabilitation)254417
Industrial Pharmacist251512Registered Nurse (Medical Practice)254421
Industrial Engineer233511Registered Nurse (Medical)254418
Intensive Care Specialist253317Registered Nurse (Mental Health)254422
Internal Auditor221214Registered Nurse (Paediatrics)254425
Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technologist251211Registered Nurse (Perioperative)254423
Materials Engineer233112Registered Nurse (Surgical)254424
Mechanical Engineer233512Registered Nurses nec254499
Mechatronics Engineer233999Rehabilitation Counsellor272114
Medical Imaging Technologist251211Renal Medicine Specialist253322
Medical Laboratory Pre-Analytical Technician311213Resident Medical Officer253112
Medical Laboratory Scientist234611Restorative Dentistry Specialist2523
Medical Laboratory Technician311213Rheumatologist253323
Sonographer251214Retail Pharmacist251513
Specialist Physician (General Medicine)253311Social Worker272511
Specialist Physician nec253399Software and Applications Programmers nec261399
Special Needs Dentistry Specialist2523Software Engineer261313
Speech Language Therapist252712Software Tester261314
Student Counsellor272115Telecommunications Engineer263311
Structural Engineer233214Telecommunications Network Engineer263312
Surgeon (General)253511Thoracic Medicine Specialist253324
Veterinarian234711Vascular Surgeon253521

Tier 2 Occupations (Eligible for Work to Residence)

OccupationANZSCO CodeOccupationANZSCO Code
Acoustic Engineer233999Medical Oncologist253314
Automotive Electrician321111Halal Slaughterer831212
Backhoe Operator721212Kaiako Kura Kaupapa Māori (Māori-medium Primary School Teacher)241211
Building Associate (Building Construction Supervisor)312112Loader Operator721216
Bulldozer Operator721213Motorcycle Mechanic321213
Crane Operator712111Motor Mechanic (General)321211
Dairy Cattle Farmer121313Plumber (General)334111
Dairy Cattle Farm Manager121313Pouako Kura Kaupapa Māori (Māori-medium Primary School Senior Teacher)241212
Dairy Farm Manager121313Primary School Teacher241213
Assistant Dairy Farm Manager121313School Principal134311
Dairy Herd Manager121313Secondary School Teacher241411
Diesel Motor Mechanic (including Heavy Vehicle Inspector)321212Special Needs Teacher241511
Drainlayer334113Special Education Teachers nec241599
Earthmoving Plant Operator (General)721211Teacher of English to Speakers of Other Languages249311
Early Childhood (Pre-primary School) Teacher – registered241111Teacher of the Hearing Impaired241512
Electrician (general)341111Teacher of the Sight Impaired241513
Excavator Operator721214Telecommunications Technician342414
Gasfitter334114Thoracic Medicine Specialist253324
Grader Operator721215

Note: The updated date is 03 March ’24; the above details can change based on government decisions. For the most current information and a detailed list of occupations on the Green List, visit Immigration New Zealand’s official website​​.

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