Green List occupations for migrants to New Zealand

Immigration New Zealand released the Green List occupations to attract high-skilled migrants to hard-to-fill roles in the country and will offer a guaranteed residence pathway for them.

The Green List occupations have been released by Immigration New Zealand to attract high-skilled migrants to hard-to-fill roles in the country and will offer a guaranteed residence pathway for them. The roles on the Green List have been identified as being in high demand globally and in ongoing shortage in New Zealand.

Eligible migrants working in these occupations will have clear pathways to residence in New Zealand, either through a direct, fast-tracked, residence application (Straight to Residence Visa) or by staying in the role for two years (Work to Residence Visa). The pathway depends on the role, as listed below. Partners of migrants on a Green List role may be eligible for open work rights and dependent children may be eligible for visitor or student visas.

Occupations that have a fast-track to residence - Tier 1 roles

If you are eligible and have secured a role in any of the occupation below, meeting all salary and other requirements to the role as stated on INZ’s website, you can apply for a Straight to Residence Visa.

Construction Roles

·        Construction Project Manager

·        Project Builder (including Building Project Manager and Site Foreman)

·        Quantity Surveyor

·        Surveyor

Engineering Roles

·        Acoustic Engineer

·        Chemical Engineer

·        Civil Engineer

·        Civil Engineering Technician

·        Electrical Engineer

·        Electrical Engineering Technician

·        Electronic Engineering Technician

·        Electronics Engineer

·        Environmental Engineer

·        Geotechnical Engineer

·        Industrial Engineer

·        Materials Engineer

·        Mechanical Engineer

·        Mechatronics Engineer

·        Product Design Engineer

·        Production or Plant Engineer

·        Structural Engineer

·        Telecommunications Engineer

·        Telecommunications Network Engineer

Health and Social Services Roles

·        Addiction Practitioner

·        Alcohol and Drug Clinician

·        Ambulance Paramedic

·        Anaesthetic Technician

·        Anaesthetist

·        Audiologist

·        Audiometrist

·        Cardiologist

·        Cardiothoracic Surgeon

·        Careers Counsellor

·        Chiropractor

·        Clinical Dental Technician (Dental Prosthetist)

·        Clinical Haematologist

·        Clinical Psychologist

·        Clinical Physiologist

·        Counsellors (nec)

·        Dental Specialist

·        Dental Technician

·        Dental Therapist

·        Dentist

·        Dental Practitioner

·        Dental Surgeon

·        Dermatologist

·        Diagnostic and Interventional Radiologist

·        Dietician

·        Dispensing Optician

·        Drug and Alcohol Counsellor

·        Educational Psychologist

·        Emergency Medicine Specialist

·        Endocrinologist

·        Endodontist

·        Enrolled Nurse (Nursing Assistant)

·        Family and Marriage Counsellor

·        Gastroenterologist

·        General Practitioner

·        Genetic Counsellor

·        Hospital Pharmacist

·        Industrial Pharmacist

·        Intensive Care Specialist

·        Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technologist

·        Medical Imaging Technologist

·        Medical Laboratory Pre-Analytical Technician

·        Medical Laboratory Scientist

·        Medical Oncologist

·        Medical Practitioners nec

·        Medical Radiation Therapist

·        Midwife

·        Neurologist

·        Nuclear Medicine Technologist

·        Nurse Practitioner

·        Obstetrician and Gynaecologist

·        Occupational Therapist

·        Operating Theatre Technician (Sterile Processing Technician)

·        Optometrist

·        Ophthalmologist

·        Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon

·        Oral Health Therapist

·        Oral Medicine Specialist

·        Oral Pathologist

·        Oral Surgery Specialist

·        Organisational Psychologist

·        Orthopaedic Surgeon

·        Orthodontist

·        Orthoptist

·        Orthotic and Prosthetic Technician

·        Orthotist or Prosthetist

·        Osteopath

·        Otorhinolaryngologist

·        Paediatric Surgeon

·        Paediatrician

·        Paedodontist

·        Pathologist

·        Perfusionist (Cardiac)

·        Periodontist

·        Physicist (Medical)

·        Physiotherapist

·        Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon

·        Play Therapist (Hospital)

·        Podiatrist

·        Prosthodontist

·        Psychiatrist

·        Psychologists nec

·        Psychotherapist

·        Public Health Dentistry Specialist

·        Radiation Oncologist

·        Registered Nurse (Aged Care)

·        Registered Nurse (Child and Family Health)

·        Registered Nurse (Community Health)

·        Registered Nurse (Critical Care and Emergency)

·        Registered Nurse (Developmental Disability)

·        Registered Nurse (Disability and Rehabilitation)

·        Registered Nurse (Medical Practice)

·        Registered Nurse (Medical)

·        Registered Nurse (Mental Health)

·        Registered Nurse (Paediatrics)

·        Registered Nurse (Perioperative)

·        Registered Nurse (Surgical)

·        Resident Medical Officer

·        Restorative Dentistry Specialist

·        Rheumatologist

·        Retail Pharmacist

·        Social Worker

·        Sonographer

·        Specialist Physician (General Medicine)

·        Specialist Physician nec

·        Special Needs Dentistry Specialist

·        Speech Language Therapist

·        Student Counsellor

·        Surgeon (General)

·        Thoracic Medicine Specialist

·        Urologist

·        Vascular Surgeon

·        Veterinarian

Primary Industries and Science Roles

·        Environmental Research Scientist

·        Food Technologist

·        Other Spatial Scientist

ICT, Electronics and Telecommunications Roles

·        Analyst Programmer

·        Chief Information Officer

·        Developer Programmer

·        ICT Managers nec

·        ICT Project Manager

·        ICT Security Specialist

·        Multimedia Specialists

·        Software and Applications Programmers nec

·        Software Engineer

·        Software Tester

Business Professionals

·        External Auditor

·        Internal Auditor


Occupations that are eligible for work to residence pathway

If the eligible migrant secures a job in any of the occupations below, and meet all requirements for the Work to Residence Visa, they can apply for residence after 2 years working in the position.


·        Building Associate (Building Construction Supervisor)

·        Crane Operator

Health and Social Services Roles

·        Early Childhood (Pre-primary School) Teacher - registered

·        Kaiako Kura Kaupapa Maori (Maori-medium Primary School Teacher)

·        Middle School Teacher/ Intermediate School Teacher

·        Pouako Kura Kaupapa Maori (Maori-medium Primary School Senior Teacher)

·        Primary School Teacher

·        School Principal

·        Secondary School Teacher

·        Special Needs Teacher

·        Special Education Teachers nec

·        Teacher of English Speakers of Other Languages

·        Teacher of the Hearing Impaired

·        Teacher of the Sight Impaired

Trades Roles

·        Automotive Electrician

·        Diesel Motor Mechanic (including Heavy Vehicle Inspector)

·        Drainlayer

·        Electrician (General)

·        Gasfitter

·        Motor Mechanic (General)

·        Motorcycle Mechanic

·        Plumber (General)

Agriculture Roles

·         Dairy Cattle Farmer

·         Dairy Cattle Farm Manager

·         Dairy Farm Manager

·         Assistant Dairy Farm Manager

·         Dairy Herd Manager


Civil machinery operators

·        Backhoe Operator

·        Earthmoving Plant Operator (General)

·        Excavator Operator

·        Grader Operator

·        Loader Operator

Factory Process Worker

·        Halal Slaughterer

ICT, electronic and telecommunications

·        Telecommunications Technician

Migrants at other jobs that are not on the Green List, but that are paid at least twice the median wage can also apply for residence after two years working in the position.

- Article updated on 07 July 2023

Disclaimer: information provided in this article is general only and it does not constitute legal advice and should not be relied upon as such. Due to the continuously evolving nature of New Zealand Immigration policies, Trinity can provide no warranty as to its accuracy, reliability or completeness, other than accuracy at the time of publication. Before taking any course of action related to this article you should make your own inquiries and seek further advice on whether it is suitable for your circumstance. Trinity Employment Services has in house Licensed Immigration Advisers who will be happy to help you with your enquiries.