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Residence Pathway

What is the Green List Tier 1 Residency Pathway?

Your occupation could be the pathway to permanent residence in New Zealand.
To help businesses in New Zealand fill in demand positions, the New Zealand government offers a residency pathway known as the Green list.

The Green list is categorised into two tiers, with the Green List Tier 1 occupations being eligible to apply for residency via the “straight to residence” pathway.

Tier 1 Green List occupations may be able to apply for residency if they meet the criteria of the this type of work visa and a wide range of careers are included in the Green list and these can be found here.

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Straight to Residence Pathway

Tier 1 Green List New Zealand Residency

If you have a qualification and experience working in an occupation categorised as a Tier 1 occupation on the Green List, and you have a job offer from an Accredited Employer in New Zealand, you could apply for residency in New Zealand.

The occupations on the Green List are considered high-skill and/or hard to fill, meaning that qualified workers are in demand.

With this residency pathway, you can live, work and study in New Zealand. You can also stay indefinitely in New Zealand and include your partner and/or dependent children in your application.

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Tier 1 Green List Residence Visa

Residence Pathway Criteria

To be eligible for this occupation-based residency pathway, there are a number of criteria that must be met, including:

  • You are employed by, or hold an employment offer from, an accredited employer.
  • You meet your role’s requirement set out in Tier 1 of the Green List.
    (The evidence you need depends on your role.)
  • You are 55 or under when you apply.
  • You speak and understand English.
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Tier 1 Green List Residence Visa

Occupations Eligible for Straight to Residence Visas

A wide range of careers are listed on the Green list as a tier 1 occupation. You can find occupations in the following sectors and industries:

  • Health and social services
  • Engineering roles
  • ICT, Electronics, and Telecommunications
  • Construction roles
  • Primary industries and science roles
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How Immigration Chambers Can Help

Immigration law can be complex and overwhelming, but here at Immigration Chambers, we’re here to make understanding your options and securing the right New Zealand visa for you a lot easier.

Our team of immigration specialists include accredited immigration lawyers and licensed immigration advisers who are not only vastly experienced in all manner of immigration law matters but are also well versed in the latest immigration laws and restrictions for New Zealand.

Ensuring you have the right qualifications and experience is an important part of any Straight to Residence visa application and Immigration Chambers, we can help you. We help to ensure that this is the right visa option for you. There are lots of different options that makes immigrating to New Zealand possible, so we will listen to you to understand your situation – making sure you achieve the right visa for you.

Why Choose Immigration Chambers for New Zealand Immigration matters?

Here’s why people choose Immigration Chambers for assistance with immigration and visas for New Zealand:

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We make the process easier

Immigration and visa matters are often complex but we’re here to take the stress and confusion out of the process and ensure that you have the right information for your situation.

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Our team is made up of qualified immigration experts – both immigration lawyers and immigration advisers. Our knowledge is up-to-date and accurate.

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We pride ourselves on being able to advise businesses and individuals on all aspects of immigration law and ensure that our advice leads to successful outcomes.

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We will always keep you up to date with the latest news and any changes to policies and laws that could impact your visa application.

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Contact us today for an initial enquiry

We are New Zealand’s largest and most experienced team of licensed immigration advisers. Our experts will take away the stress and worry of navigating the complicated world of immigration. All you need to do is get in touch. Our team is on standby, ready to help.

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