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May 16, 2022

Occupations & Criteria for the Green List

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Occupations & Criteria for the Green List
Green List Occupations

Occupations With a Direct Pathway to Residence

Eligible migrants that have roles on the New Zealand Green List can come to New Zealand on a work visa from 4 July 2022. Those eligible can also apply for this residence pathway from September 2022.

Green List occupations with a direct pathway to residence are:

Business Professionals

  • External Auditor (Minimum salary requirement $80,200.64 per annum)
  • Internal Auditor (Minimum salary requirement $80,200.64 per annum)

Construction Roles

  • Construction Project Manager
  • Project Builder
  • Quantity Surveyor
  • Surveyor

Engineering Roles

  • Chemical Engineer
  • Civil Engineering Technician
  • Civil Engineer
  • Electrical Engineer
  • Electronics Engineer
  • Electrical Engineering Technician
  • Electronic Engineering Technician
  • Environmental Engineer
  • Geotechnical Engineer
  • Industrial Engineer
  • Materials Engineer
  • Mechanical Engineer
  • Production or Plant Engineer
  • Structural Engineer
  • Engineering Professionals (Not Elsewhere Classified)
  • Telecommunications Engineers
  • Telecommunications Network Engineers

Health & Social Roles

  • Addiction Practitioner
  • Ambulance Paramedic
  • Anaesthetic Technician
  • Anaesthetist
  • Audiologist
  • Audiometrist
  • Careers Counsellor
  • Chiropractor
  • Clinical Dental Technician
  • Clinical Psychologists & Psychologists (includes Educational, Organisational and not elsewhere classified)
  • Counsellors
  • Dental Prosthetist
  • Dental Specialist
  • Dental Technician
  • Dental Therapist
  • Dentist (Dental Practitioner or Dental Surgeon)
  • Dietician Endodontist
  • Enrolled Nurse
  • Family and Marriage Counsellor
  • General Practitioner
  • Genetic Counsellor
  • Hospital Pharmacist
  • Imaging Technologist
  • Industrial Pharmacist
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technologist
  • Medical Imaging Technologist
  • Medical Laboratory Pre-Analytical Technician
  • Medical Laboratory Scientist
  • Medical Laboratory Technician
  • Medical Radiation Therapist
  • Midwife
  • Nuclear Medicine Technologist
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Operating Theatre Technician (Sterile Processing Technician)
  • OpticianOptometrist
  • Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon
  • Oral Health Therapist
  • Oral medicine specialist
  • Oral Pathologist
  • Oral surgery specialist
  • OrthodontistOrthoptist
  • Orthotic and Prosthetic Technician
  • Orthotist/Prosthetist
  • Osteopath
  • Other Medical Practitioners (Including Dermatologist, Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, Ophthalmologist, Diagnostic and Interventional Radiologist and Radiation Oncologist)
  • Paedodontist
  • Perfusionist (cardiac)
  • Periodontist
  • Physicist (Medical)
  • Physiologist
  • Physiotherapist
  • Play Therapist (hospital)
  • PodiatristProsthodontistPsychiatrist
  • Public health dentistry specialist
  • Registered Nurse (including but not limited to Aged Care)
  • Rehabilitation Counsellor
  • Resident Medical Officer
  • Restorative dentistry specialist
  • Retail Pharmacist
  • Social WorkerSonographer
  • Special needs dentistry specialist
  • Specialist Doctors
  • Specialist Physicians Not Elsewhere Classified
  • Speech Language Therapist
  • Student Counsellor
  • Surgeons (Including General Surgeons, Cardiothoracic Surgeon, Neurosurgeon, Orthopaedic Surgeon, Otorhinolaryngologist, Urologist and Vascular Surgeon)
  • Veterinarian

IT & Science Roles

  • Chief Information Officer
  • ICT Managers ($120,000)
  • Software Engineer ($120,000)
  • ICT Security Specialist ($120,000)
  • Multimedia Specialists ($95,000)
  • Analyst Programmer
  • Developer Programmer
  • Software and Applications Programmers nec
  • Software Engineer
  • Software Tester
  • Other Spatial Scientist
  • Environmental Research Scientist 
  • Food Technologist

Occupations With a Work Pathway to Residence

Occupations that may apply for residence after working in New Zealand for two years or longer are:

Agriculture Roles

  • Dairy Farm Managers

Civil Operations

  • Earthmoving Plant Operator (General) - minimum $34.11 per hour or above or the equivalent annual salary ($70,947 per annum) 
  • Backhoe Operator
  • Bulldozer Operator
  • Excavator Operator
  • Grader Operator
  • Loader Operator

Education Roles

  • Kaiako Kura Kaupapa Māori (Māori medium Primary School Teacher) 
  • Middle School Teacher / Intermediate School Teacher 
  • Pouako Kura Kaupapa Māori (Māori medium Primary School Senior Teacher)
  • Primary School Teacher 
  • School Principal
  • Secondary School Teachers Science, Mathematics, Technology or Pacific Languages.
  • Skilled Residence: Transport Sector Work to Residence visa.
  • Special Education Teachers
  • Teachers – Early Childhood
  • Teacher of the Hearing Impaired
  • Teacher of the Sight Impaired 
  • Teacher of English to Speakers of Other Languages


  • Telecommunications Technician

Trades Roles

  • Automotive Electrician
  • Building Associate (Building Construction supervisor) - minimum $44.49 per hour or the equivalent annual salary ($92,540 per annum) Common examples of job titles for this role are site supervisor, site manager, site foreman, build supervisor, build manager, civil project manager
  • Civil construction supervisors
  • Construction Crane, Hoist or Lifter Operator - minimum $38.56 per hour or above, or the equivalent annual salary ($80,200 per annum)
  • Diesel Motor Mechanic (including Heavy Vehicle Inspector)
  • Drain-layers
  • Electrician (General) –registered
  • Gasfitters
  • Halal slaughterers
  • Motor Mechanic (General)
  • Motorcycle Mechanic
  • Plumber – registered
  • Skilled civil machine operators
  • Skilled crane operators
  • Skilled motor mechanics
  • Skilled telecommunications technicians

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