The Green List is a list of a limited number of highly skilled roles that are in shortage in New Zealand. The list makes it easier for NZ employers to attract & hire migrants in highly skilled & hard to fill roles.
To be eligible and apply, you must be employed by, or hold the offer of a Green List role from, an accredited employer in New Zealand. Once eligible, you can apply in New Zealand or come on a work visa and apply. You can also apply from outside of New Zealand.
Eligible migrants working in Green List occupations will have clear pathways to residence, either through a direct-to-residence application or after working in New Zealand, depending on the role. Their partners will have open work rights. Both residence pathways will be limited to migrants 55 years or younger, which is aligned with the Skilled Migrant Category (SMC) requirements.
The details of eligibility criteria that you must know before you apply for the straight to residence, work to residence and highly paid skilled residence categories are as under:
To be eligible for this residence visa, you must be employed by, or hold a job offer from, an accredited employer.
Under certain circumstances, independent contractors are also eligible. To be eligible under the Straight to Residence pathway as a contractor, you must meet requirements such as our contract or contracts for services totaling at least six months. Shorter contracts must be consecutive without any breaks between them.
To be eligible for this residence visa, you must:
The employment or offer must be full-time (at least 30 hours a week), genuine, and permanent, or at least a 12-month fixed-term contract.
To be eligible for this residence visa, you must have:
There are some general application requirements too. These are that on the date you apply for your residence visa:
Suppose you hold an Accredited Employer Work Visa or another type of work visa. In that case, you (and any family, if applicable) still need to meet the health and character requirements for residence. These are different from the requirements for temporary work visas. In addition, at the time you apply, you must be working for an accredited employer.
Get in touch with Immigration Advisors New Zealand Ltd, which provides up-to-date immigration information so you can consider opportunities and prepare yourself for the future. To know all the required procedures, contact us at [email protected] or call on +64 09 3790219.
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