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New Zealand’s Green List: Recent Visa Changes

New Zealand's Green List changes
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New Zealand is a country that has a lot to offer. From its stunning beauty to promising career opportunities. New Zealand has always been the center of attraction to migrant talents. There have been made recent changes to New Zealand’s Green List. A change that would bring glad tidings to immigrants looking to work and settle in New Zealand.

The government has decided to add new occupations to New Zealand’s Green List for a fast-track residence pathway. In December 2022, the government made changes with the aim of adding the occupations that were most in demand, and we expect them to come into effect in March of this year

The green list is divided into Tier-1 and Tier-2. The former provides an immediate fast-track residence pathway and the latter provides work to the residence pathway.  After the revision in the Green list, authorities will shift some occupations from Tier-2 to Tier-1, and they will also add fresh new occupations to Tier-2.

What is the New Zealand Land Green List?

The New Zealand Green list is a list of occupations that are eligible for a skilled migrant visa. To be eligible to apply for a visa under the Green list the applicants need to fulfill some eligibility requirements. The applicants need to be under 56 years of age at the time of applying. The Green list requires the applicant to have a job or an employment offer from an accredited New Zealand employer.

The applicant is also required to provide English proficiency proof.  If he or she is not from the UK, US, Australia, Canada, or Ireland they do not need to prove English proficiency. Those who stayed at least five years there do not need to give a proficiency test.

Changes made.

Authorities have shifted healthcare professionals, including registered nurses, midwives, and all specialist doctors from Tier-2 to Tier-1. Under the revised conditions healthcare professionals can now apply immediately for the green list residence. They now no longer need to have two years of work experience.

Furthermore, the New Zealand government has added several new occupations to tier-2, which requires a minimum of two years of work experience to be eligible to apply for residence in New Zealand. Some of the highly demanded occupations were not included in tier-2 for which the government was criticized.

All secondary school teachers not already on the Green List

New occupations added in Tier-2.
  • Primary school teachers
  • Halal slaughterers
  • Skilled telecommunications technicians
  • Gasfitters
  • Civil construction supervisors
  • Skilled crane operators
  • Skilled civil machine operators
  • Earthmoving plant operator
  • Backhoe operator
  • Bulldozer operator
  • Excavator operator
  • Grader operator
  • Loader operator

This is a heart balm for all individuals seeking residency in New Zealand. The government has realized that a chance for residency acts as a great incentive for the migrant talents and easing the path to obtain residency will attract more skilled talent to New Zealand and help the nation to beat its competitors hunting for migrant talent. The nation may again revise its Greet list in mid-2023. The revision seems highly likely to happen and it shall again happen in the favor of migrants.

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