The New Zealand Green List

Get New Zealand residency the day you land: check out the Green List jobs with residency pathways! Immigration New Zealand created the Green List to fast-track residency pathways for certain occupations, and consists of two tiers.

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The Green List

Your pathway to New Zealand residency

New Zealand is committed to welcoming skilled professionals looking for work-life balance in our beautiful, progressive country.

The Immigration New Zealand Green List seeks to fast-track residency pathways for certain occupations, and consists of two tiers as follows:

  • Tier 1 occupations – granted immediate New Zealand residency via the ‘Straight to Residence’ pathway*
  • Tier 2 occupations – granted New Zealand residency after working for two years via the ‘Work to Residence’ pathway*

*View below to see if your occupation is included on the Green List. If you have the qualifications and experience required, you could get New Zealand residency immediately or after just 2 years of working in New Zealand!

There’s never been a better time to move and we can help you navigate the process, whatever your situation.

Green List Tier 1 occupations

Health and Social Services

Green List Tier 2 occupations

  • Halal slaughterers
  • Teacher of the Hearing Impaired
  • Primary School Teacher
  • Teacher of the Sight Impaired
  • Special Education Teachers nec
  • School Principal
  • Middle School Teacher / Intermediate School Teacher
  • Kaiako Kura Kaupapa Māori – Māori-medium Primary School Teacher
  • Pouako Kura Kaupapa Māori – Māori-medium Primary School Senior Teacher
  • Special Needs Teacher
  • Teacher of English to Speakers of Other Languages – if working in a primary, intermediate or secondary school
  • Dairy Cattle Farmer (Dairy Cattle Farm Manager) including Dairy Farm Manager, Assistant Dairy Farm Manager and Dairy Herd Manager
  • Corrections Officer

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