What is New Zealand’s Green List?

New Zealand’s Green List contains a limited number of highly skilled roles that are in huge demand globally and for which there is a shortage in New Zealand. The Green List maps New Zealand labour market skill gaps for skilled migrants to come and gain permanent residence.

This list makes it easier for employers to hire and attract migrants for high-skilled, hard-to-fill positions in the construction, engineering, trades, health and ICT sectors. However, these roles have registration, qualification or experience requirements.

Green List Occupations

The hard-to-find-skill roles in the Green List are divided into the following categories:

  • Construction roles  – Engineering, Quantity Surveyor, Project Manager etc.
  • Engineering roles – Different types of engineers, such as Chemical, Civil, Structural, Electrical, Electronics, Mechanical, Telecommunications, Industrial, Structural, Environmental and Geotechnical etc.
  • Health and social services roles – General Practitioner (GP), different types of Surgeons, Psychologists, Veterinarians, Psychiatrists, Dermatologists, Anesthetists, Registered Nurses, Midwife, ECE Teachers, Secondary School Teachers.
  • Primary industries and science roles – Food Technologist, Environmental Research Scientist etc.
  • ICT, Electronics & Telecommunications roles – Chief Information Officer, ICT Project Manager, Software Engineer, Multimedia Specialist etc.
  • Trades – Automotive Electrician, Diesel Motor Mechanic, Electrician, Plumber etc.
  • Agriculture – Dairy Cattle Farmer (Dairy Cattle Farm Manager) including Dairy Farm Manager, Assistant Dairy Farm Manager and Dairy Herd Manager.

Migrants that qualify on the green list may secure their NZ residence in two to five months after applying. This provides certainty to new migrants that they may live in New Zealand indefinitely. The faster your residence is proven, the quicker you qualify for New Zealand citizenship (it is currently five years after residence is approved).

Ready to immigrate to New Zealand? Book a consultation with Tri-Nations Migration and let us guide you through the process.

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