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.

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)

Occupation ANZSCO Code Occupation ANZSCO Code
Acoustic Engineer 233999 Medical Oncologist 253314
Addiction Practitioner 272112 Medical Practitioners nec 253999
Alcohol & Drug Clinician 272112 Medical Radiation Therapist 251212
Ambulance Paramedic 411112 Midwife 254111
Anaesthetic Technician 311211 Multimedia Specialist 261211
Anaesthetist 253211 Neurologist 253318
Analyst Programmer 261311 Neurosurgeon 253513
Audiologist 252711 Nuclear Medicine Technologist 251213
Audiometrist 311299 Nurse Practitioner 254411
Cardiologist 253312 Obstetrician and Gynaecologist 253913
Cardiothoracic Surgeon 253512 Occupational Therapist 252411
Careers Counsellor 272111 Operating Theatre Technician (Sterile Processing Technician) 311214
Chemical Engineer 233111 Optometrist 251411
Chief Information Officer 135111 Ophthalmologist 253914
Chiropractor 252111 Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon 252311
Civil Engineer 233211 Oral Health Therapist 411214
Civil Engineering Technician 312212 Oral Medicine Specialist 2523
Clinical Dental Technician (Dental Prosthetist) 411212 Oral Pathologist 252311
Clinical Haematologist 253313 Oral Surgery Specialist 2523
Clinical Psychologist 272311 Organisational Psychologist 272313
Clinical Physiologist 234599 Orthopaedic Surgeon 253514
Construction Project Manager 133111 Orthodontist 252311
Counsellors nec 272199 Orthoptist 251412
Dental Specialist 252311 Orthotic and Prosthetic Technician 311299
Dental Technician 411213 Orthotist or Prosthetist 251912
Dental Therapist 411214 Osteopath 252112
Dentist 252312 Other Spatial Scientist 232214
Dermatologist 253911 Otorhinolaryngologist 253515
Developer Programmer 261312 Paediatric Surgeon 253516
Diagnostic and Interventional Radiologist 253917 Paediatrician
Dietician 251111 Paedodontist 252311
Dispensing Optician 399913 Pathologist 253915
Drug and Alcohol Counsellor 272112 Perfusionist (Cardiac) 311299
Educational Psychologist 272312 Periodontist 252311
Electrical Engineer 233311 Physicist (Medical) 234914
Electrical Engineering Technician 312312 Physiotherapist 252511
Electronic Engineering Technician 312412 Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon 253517
Electronics Engineer 233411 Play Therapist (Hospital) 252299
Emergency Medicine Specialist 253912 Podiatrist 252611
Endocrinologist 253315 Product Design Engineer 233999
Endodontist 252311 Production or Plant Engineer 233513
Enrolled Nurse (Nursing Assistant) 411411 Project Builder 133112
Environmental Engineer 233915 Prosthodontist 252311
Environmental Research Scientist 234313 Psychiatrist 253411
External Auditor 221213 Psychologists nec 272399
Family and Marriage Counsellor 272113 Psychotherapist 272314
Food Technologist 234212 Public Health Dentistry Specialist 2523
Gastroenterologist 253316 Quantity Surveyor 233213
General Practitioner 253111 Radiation Oncologist 253918
Genetic Counsellor 251999 Registered Nurse (Aged Care) 254412
Geotechnical Engineer 233212 Registered Nurse (Child and Family Health) 254413
Hospital Pharmacist 251511 Registered Nurse (Community Health) 254414
ICT Managers nec 135199 Registered Nurse (Critical Care and Emergency) 254415
ICT Project Manager 135112 Registered Nurse (Developmental Disability) 254416
ICT Security Specialist 262112 Registered Nurse (Disability and Rehabilitation) 254417
Industrial Pharmacist 251512 Registered Nurse (Medical Practice) 254421
Industrial Engineer 233511 Registered Nurse (Medical) 254418
Intensive Care Specialist 253317 Registered Nurse (Mental Health) 254422
Internal Auditor 221214 Registered Nurse (Paediatrics) 254425
Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technologist 251211 Registered Nurse (Perioperative) 254423
Materials Engineer 233112 Registered Nurse (Surgical) 254424
Mechanical Engineer 233512 Registered Nurses nec 254499
Mechatronics Engineer 233999 Rehabilitation Counsellor 272114
Medical Imaging Technologist 251211 Renal Medicine Specialist 253322
Medical Laboratory Pre-Analytical Technician 311213 Resident Medical Officer 253112
Medical Laboratory Scientist 234611 Restorative Dentistry Specialist 2523
Medical Laboratory Technician 311213 Rheumatologist 253323
Sonographer 251214 Retail Pharmacist 251513
Specialist Physician (General Medicine) 253311 Social Worker 272511
Specialist Physician nec 253399 Software and Applications Programmers nec 261399
Special Needs Dentistry Specialist 2523 Software Engineer 261313
Speech Language Therapist 252712 Software Tester 261314
Student Counsellor 272115 Telecommunications Engineer 263311
Structural Engineer 233214 Telecommunications Network Engineer 263312
Surgeon (General) 253511 Thoracic Medicine Specialist 253324
Surveyor 232212 Urologist 253518
Veterinarian 234711 Vascular Surgeon 253521

Tier 2 Occupations (Eligible for Work to Residence)

Occupation ANZSCO Code Occupation ANZSCO Code
Acoustic Engineer 233999 Medical Oncologist 253314
Automotive Electrician 321111 Halal Slaughterer 831212
Backhoe Operator 721212 Kaiako Kura Kaupapa Māori (Māori-medium Primary School Teacher) 241211
Building Associate (Building Construction Supervisor) 312112 Loader Operator 721216
Bulldozer Operator 721213 Motorcycle Mechanic 321213
Crane Operator 712111 Motor Mechanic (General) 321211
Dairy Cattle Farmer 121313 Plumber (General) 334111
Dairy Cattle Farm Manager 121313 Pouako Kura Kaupapa Māori (Māori-medium Primary School Senior Teacher) 241212
Dairy Farm Manager 121313 Primary School Teacher 241213
Assistant Dairy Farm Manager 121313 School Principal 134311
Dairy Herd Manager 121313 Secondary School Teacher 241411
Diesel Motor Mechanic (including Heavy Vehicle Inspector) 321212 Special Needs Teacher 241511
Drainlayer 334113 Special Education Teachers nec 241599
Earthmoving Plant Operator (General) 721211 Teacher of English to Speakers of Other Languages 249311
Early Childhood (Pre-primary School) Teacher – registered 241111 Teacher of the Hearing Impaired 241512
Electrician (general) 341111 Teacher of the Sight Impaired 241513
Excavator Operator 721214 Telecommunications Technician 342414
Gasfitter 334114 Thoracic Medicine Specialist 253324
Grader Operator 721215

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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