Green List Straight to Residence pathway has opened
The Green List Straight to Residence pathway opened on 5 September 2022.
If you are employed in a role on the Green List you may qualify for a Straight to Residence Visa or a Work to Residence Visa.
Health and medical roles
From 5 September 2022, skill requirements for the Green List for health and medical roles administered by the Medical Council of New Zealand will require:
- provisional general, general, provisional vocational or vocational registration with the Medical Council of New Zealand (MCNZ), or
- a MCNZ letter of “eligibility for registration”.
For all other health and medical roles, registration with the relevant responsible authority is required.
The types of eligible registration have been broadened and references to scopes of practice have been removed, in order to help assist skilled workers entering New Zealand.
Tier 1 Green List (Straight to Residence pathway) health roles
General Practitioner, Anaesthetist, Psychiatrist, Specialist Physicians not elsewhere classified (nec), Surgeon (General), Cardiothoracic Surgeon, Neurosurgeon, Orthopaedic Surgeon, Vascular Surgeon, Urologist, Otorhinolaryngologist, Dermatologist, Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, Ophthalmologist, Diagnostic and Interventional Radiologist, Radiation Oncologist, Resident Medical Officer, Medical Laboratory Scientist, Clinical Psychologist, Educational Psychologist, Organisational Psychologist, Psychotherapist, Psychologists nec.
Tier 2 Green List (Work to Residence pathway) health roles
Anaesthetic Technician, Medical Diagnostic (Medical Imaging Technologist), Medical Laboratory Technician, Medical Radiation Therapist, Occupational Therapist, Sonographer, Podiatrist, 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), Registered Nurse (Medical Practice), Registered Nurse (Mental Health), Registered Nurse (Perioperative), Registered Nurse (Surgical), Registered Nurse (Paediatrics), Registered Nurses nec, Midwife.
INZ have asked people who have already applied for a 2021 Resident Visa to continue with their application, rather than applying for a Straight to Residence Visa as well.
New Technology roles added to the Green List
By 10 October 2022, the following digital technology roles will be added to the Green List Straight to Residence pathway:
- Analyst Programmer
- Developer Programmer
- Software Tester
- Software and Applications Programmers not elsewhere classified (nec).
Applicants must be paid at least NZD $120,000 a year (NZD $57.69 an hour).
The application fee is NZD $4890 (if you are applying from outside New Zealand)
To see if you are eligible, take our eligibility assessment today.