The New Zealand government is adding 32 new health sector roles to the Green List, making them eligible for the Straight to Residence pathway from 29th May 2023. These critical and nationally important roles cover various specializations within the health system, as well as roles in social services, education, and the justice sector that support the delivery of health services.

List of new health roles added to the Green List:

  1. Addiction practitioner/alcohol & drug clinician
  2. Audiometrist
  3. Chiropractor
  4. Clinical dental technician
  5. Clinical physiologists (sleep, renal, exercise, respiratory, neurology, and cardiac)
  6. Counsellor
  7. Dental specialists
  8. Dental technician
  9. Dental therapist
  10. Dentist
  11. Dietician
  12. Dispensing optician
  13. Drug and alcohol counsellor
  14. Enrolled nurse
  15. Genetic counsellor
  16. Medical laboratory pre-analytical technician
  17. Medical resonance imaging technologist
  18. Nuclear medicine technologist
  19. Nurse practitioner
  20. Optometrist
  21. Oral health therapist
  22. Orthotic and prosthetic technician
  23. Orthotist/prosthetist
  24. Osteopath
  25. Paramedic/emergency medical technician
  26. Perfusionist (cardiac)
  27. Pharmacist
  28. Physiotherapist
  29. Play therapist (hospital)
  30. Social worker
  31. Speech language therapist
  32. Sterile processing technician


Existing Green List roles that will be moving to the Straight to Residence Pathway:

  1. Anaesthetic Technician
  2. Audiologist
  3. Medical imaging technologist
  4. Medical laboratory technician
  5. Medical radiation therapist
  6. Occupational therapist.
  7. Podiatrist
  8. Sonographer


If you meet the eligibility criteria, you will be able to apply for the Straight to Residence visa from 29 May 2023. To qualify for this visa, you must meet the requirements for your occupation as shown in the Green List.

If you have already applied for a 2021 Resident Visa, you should continue with that application, as processing is close to completion.

For more information, take our Eligibility Assessment or Contact Us.

Or check out the original New Zealand Green List.

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