The landscape of New Zealand immigration is rapidly evolving and the latest changes to the Green List offer migrants greater opportunities for residence.
With a particular focus on expanding and improving access to health roles in Tier 1 (Straight to Residence), as well as adding additional transport sector roles, Immigration New Zealand (INZ) has made it easier than ever for those looking for long-term residency to make their dreams a reality. Whether you want to provide maternity care services or become a bus driver – the Green List could be your new path towards gaining residence in beautiful Aotearoa!
INZ has announced changes to the requirements for residence under the Green List pathways. One of the significant changes is that all health roles in Tier 1 Green List eligible for Straight to Residence must be paid at least the median wage, currently set at NZ$29.66/hour. Registered midwives who provide maternity care services under the Maternity Notice will also meet the contract for services provisions under the Green List Straight to Residence instructions.
The transport sector has also undergone a change, with a new two-year Transport Sector Work to Residence policy for bus drivers, truck drivers, ship’s masters (skippers) and deckhands. Those eligible for this program are those who have worked in New Zealand for at least 24 months and should hold an Accredited Employer work visa or another work visa applied for before 4 July 2022 at the time the residence application is made. Applicants must also be aged 55 years or younger.
Finally, several health and non-health roles have been added to Tier 1 (Straight to Residence) and Tier 2 (Work to Residence) of the Green List (Appendix 13). These changes aim to provide more opportunities for individuals seeking residence in New Zealand.
With the new changes and updates to immigration policies in New Zealand, more opportunities have been opened to individuals seeking residence. We hope these additional roles help those searching for a chance to settle here in Aotearoa. This gives more certainty around the path to residency and what constitutes eligibility requirements for these roles.
Immigration Advisers New Zealand Ltd is always available to provide information and guidance throughout this process. Finding an appropriate pathway can be not only time-consuming but confusing as well. Our Licensed Immigration Advisers are aware of all the policy changes, and they can provide tailored advice for applicants’ unique situations. Contact our Licensed Immigration Advisers at Immigration New Zealand Ltd today to know everything you need to confidently apply for an appropriate visa suitable for your profile.
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.
Vandana Rai is a Senior Licensed Immigration Adviser and has built a reputation around her rare set of skills, which could be considered ideal for her legal profession.