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Work to Residence Pathways Open on 29th September 2023

Immigration New Zealand has announced that the Green List and Sector Agreements Work to Residence pathways will open for residence visa applications from 29th September 2023. If you’ve got two years of eligible work experience in a Green List or Sector Agreement role in New Zealand and meet the necessary skill and wage thresholds, you […]

More roles added to Green List in March 2024

There will be 17 new roles added to the Green List in March 2024. The roles include: Aviation Engineer (Avionics, Aeronautical, Aerospace Engineer) Naval Architects (aka Marine Designer) Mechanical Engineering Technician ICT Database and System Administrator Aircraft Maintenance Engineer Road Roller Operator Paving Plant Operator Corrections Officer Metal Fabricator Pressure Welder Welder Fitter (General) Fitter […]

List of qualifications exempt from assessment updated

The “List of Qualifications Exempt from Assessment” is a list which compares overseas qualifications to comparable New Zealand qualifications. If your qualification appears on this list, you do not need to pay for an International Qualifications Assessment (IQA) through the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) for your resident visa application, which can be both time […]

Teaching roles added to the Work to Residence pathway

The NZ Government has confirmed that Tier 2 of the Green List will be expanded from 29th May 2023, to include a number of teaching roles. These teaching roles will be added to the Work to Residence Green List pathway from 29th May. As a result, eligible teachers will be able to apply for residence […]

Work to residence pathway for bus drivers and truck drivers

The New Zealand government has announced a new transport sector agreement. This will provide a two-year work to residence pathway for critical transport occupations such as bus drivers and truck drivers. Median wage exemption for bus drivers Employers will have a median wage exemption set at $28 an hour when hiring bus drivers for an […]

Expansion of the Green List from March 2023

Tier 2 of the Green List will expand significantly in March 2023. The following roles will have a work to residence pathway, which will allow you to apply for residence after working in the role for 2 years in New Zealand: All secondary school teachers (in addition to the secondary school teaching roles already included […]

Green List roles

Green List roles Tier 1: Straight to residence External Auditor Internal Auditor Construction Project Manager Project Builder Quantity Surveyor Surveyor Chemical Engineer Civil Engineering Technician Civil Engineer Electrical Engineer Electronics Engineer Electrical Engineering Technician Electronic Engineering Technician Environmental Engineer Geotechnical Engineer Industrial Engineer Materials Engineer Mechanical Engineer Production or Plant Engineer Structural Engineer Engineering Professionals […]

Expiring work to residence visas extended

Expiring work to residence visas extended On 9 May 2022, the following types of work to residence visas expiring between 9 May and 31 December 2022 (inclusive) held by workers in New Zealand were extended for six months: Talent (Accredited Employers) Talent (Arts, Culture and Sports) Long Term Skill Shortage List Skilled Migrant Category Job […]

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