Straight to Residence Information

Here we share some general information about Straight to Residence policy. This material is for information purposes only. Contact one of our Licensed Immigration Advisers for personal immigration advice.

Straight to Residence Information

Straight To Residence Policy

A person with a New Zealand job offer on the Green List may be eligible to immediately to apply for residence. You can be either in New Zealand or overseas when you apply. There are are a range of key criteria that must met before approval is granted. Factors such as an acceptable job offer, qualifications and/or work experience that meet New Zealand standards or occupational registration (required in some cases) are key to qualify for residence under the Green List.

Be Careful

Be careful because it is not as simple as your occupation being on the Green List. Not every occupation on the Green List is an immediate pathway to residence. The Green List sets out a set of standards each occupation must meet - if these are not met the application will be declined. The job offer also has to meet a minimum set of criteria to be acceptable.

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If a person does not qualify for residence under the Green List there may be other pathways to residence under the Skilled Migrant or Work to Residence categories. Talk to a trusted Licensed Immigration Adviser to learn about your eligibility.

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