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New Zealand is faced with a serious skilled labour shortage, unemployment is at an all time low, to combat this the Government has introduced some fantastic routes to residence:

Professions on Green List Tier 1 can go straight to residence

People on Green List Tier 2 or earning more than 2x median salary can have residence after 24 months

Skilled people earning in excess of median salary x 1.5 can apply for residence after 3 years

N.B. the above is not exhaustive. Median salary at 19 th Jan 2023 was NZ$29.66.

If you are a professional, in management or a skilled tradesperson chances are, you will qualify.

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The Skills most needed by the country and employers fall under the Green List. This list includes:

Tier 1

  • Construction Project Manager
  • Project Builder (including Building Project Manager and Site Foreman)
  • Quantity Surveyor
  • Surveyor
  • Chemical Engineer,Materials Engineer, Civil Engineer,Geotechnical Engineer,Structural Engineer , Electrical Engineer,Electronics Engineer, Environmental Engineer,Industrial Engineer,Mechanical Engineer,Production or Plant Engineer,Engineering Professionals nec, Civil Engineering Technician, Electrical Engineering Technician, Electronic Engineering Technician, Telecommunications Engineer,Telecommunications Network Engineer
  • General Practitioner
  • Anaesthetist
  • Psychiatrist
  • Specialist Physicians nec, Surgeon (General), Cardiothoracic Surgeon, Neurosurgeon,Orthopaedic Surgeon,Vascular Surgeon
  • Urologist
  • Otorhinolaryngologist
  • Dermatologist
  • Obstetrician and Gynaecologist
  • Ophthalmologist
  • Diagnostic and Interventional Radiologist
  • Radiation Oncologist
  • Resident Medical Officer
  • Medical Laboratory Scientist
  • Clinical Psychologist
  • Educational Psychologist
  • Organisational Psychologist
  • Psychotherapist
  • Psychologists nec
  • Physicist (Medical)
  • Orthoptist
  • Veterinarian
  • Other Spatial Scientist
  • Environmental Research Scientist
  • Food Technologist
  • Chief Information Officer,ICT Project Manager, ICT Managers nec,Analyst Programmer,Developer Programmer,Software Engineer,Software Tester,ICT Security Specialist,Software and Applications Programmers nec
  • Multimedia Specialist

Tier 2

  • Anaesthetic Technician
  • Medical Diagnostic (Medical Imaging Technologist)
  • Medical Laboratory Technician
  • Medical Radiation Therapist
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Sonographer
  • Podiatrist
  • Audiologist
  • Registered Nurse (Aged Care),Registered Nurse (Child and Family Health), Registered Nurse (Community Health),Registered Nurse (Critical Care and Emergency),Registered Nurse (Developmental Disability),Registered Nurse (Disability and Rehabilitation),Registered Nurse (Medical),Registered Nurse (Medical Practice),Registered Nurse (Mental Health),Registered Nurse (Perioperative),Registered Nurse (Surgical),Registered Nurse (Paediatrics), Registered Nurses nec
  • Midwife
  • Secondary School Teacher
  • Early Childhood (Pre-primary School) Teacher
  • Automotive Electrician
  • Diesel Motor Mechanic (including Heavy Vehicle Inspector)
  • Electrician (General)
  • Plumber (General)
  • Dairy Cattle Farmer (Dairy Cattle Farm Manager) including Dairy Farm Manager, Assistant Dairy Farm Manager and Dairy Herd Manager