What is the Green List Tier 2 Residency Pathway?
Your occupation could allow you to become a resident in New Zealand after you’ve gained experience working in New Zealand.
To help New Zealand businesses hire in demand workers, 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 2 occupations being eligible to apply for residency in New Zealand via the “work to residence” pathway.
Tier 2 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.
Work to Residence Pathway
If you are qualified and experienced in an occupation listed as Tier 2 occupation on the Green List and you have a job offer from or a job with an Accredited Employer in New Zealand, you could apply for residency in New Zealand after working in your role for 24 months.
The occupations on the Green List are considered hard to fill and specialised, 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.
Work to Residence Pathway Criteria
To be eligible for this occupation-based residency pathway, there are a number of criteria that must be met, including:
- You must have a job offer or be working for an Accredited Employer in New Zealand.
- You must be qualified, experienced and have worked in a Tier 2 occupation in New Zealand for at least 2 years
- You must meet your role’s requirements set out in the Green List.
- You must be aged 55 or younger.
Occupations Eligible for Work to Residence Visas
A wide range of careers have been categorised as Tier 2 occupations on the Green List. You can find occupations in the following sectors and industries:
- Health and Social Sciences
For a list of the current Green list occupations, click here.
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.
Your career could unlock a whole host of opportunities for residency in New Zealand and at Immigration Chambers we can help you understand these.
We can 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:
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.
Our team is made up of qualified immigration experts – both immigration lawyers and immigration advisers. Our knowledge is up-to-date and accurate.
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.
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.
Frequently Asked Questions
The list of occupations on the Green list is updated and managed by the New Zealand government and here.
It’s best to check this list regularly to ensure that you have the most up to date information. The list also includes the individual criteria of each occupation too.
For an international applicant to be eligible for a work visa via the Green List, they must secure a job offer aligning with the specific occupational description or stipulations. Each occupation on the Green List has the specific information required to be eligible for that occupation.
If the occupation is classified as a tier 2 occupation, then the applicant will also need to demonstrate their relevant experience of that role in New Zealand too.
The applicant also needs to demonstrate that their foreign qualification is on par with the New Zealand standard for that profession. It’s not merely about having a matching job title, as the list is quite specific in its definitions.
Only accredited employers can present a job offer to a prospective candidate.
To ensure you meet all of the requirements for your application, it’s best to seek the services of an Immigration Advisor, like us here at IC Legal.
The application costs for the straight to residence and work to residence visas associated with the Green List occupations start at NZD $4290.
There may be other costs associated with your application, depending on your occupation type and the requirements of the application. If you enlist the services of an Immigration Advisor or legal professional, then you may also be required to pay for their services too.
How do you find an accredited employer?
Unfortunately there are no lists of Accredited Employers, however there is a tool on the New Zealand Government Immigration website that allows you to check whether an employer is accredited. You can find that tool here: https://www.immigration.govt.nz/new-zealand-visas/preparing-a-visa-application/working-in-nz/check-if-an-employer-is-accredited.
An employer must be accredited to be able to hire migrant workers from overseas. When you’re applying for or discussing jobs with New Zealand employers, you can ask them if they are accredited and if they have performed a job check.
Many businesses in New Zealand know that in order to hire migrant workers they must meet certain criteria, including being an Accredited Employer.
If you don’t meet the criteria of the Green List occupation straight to residence or work to residence pathway, there are other visa options available to you.
There are various other work, study and visitor visas that may be work in your situation.
You can always discuss your options with our immigration specialists here at IC Legal.
Processing times for the Green List visa residence pathways may vary and will depend on factors such as providing all of the correct information at the time of application and your eligibility to apply for this type of visa.
Applications can take from weeks to months.
When things go wrong with visa applications it’s usually due to incorrect or incomplete information being provided at the time of application or the applicant has applied for the wrong visa type.
For the Green List applications specifically, in some cases, an applicant’s qualifications do not meet New Zealand’s qualification standards. In other cases, the job description from the employer may not be aligned with the job description of the relevant occupation on the Green List.
Many of these problems are preventable, especially when you work with an immigration specialist advisor. Part of our role is to ensure that you do indeed meet the criteria of the visa before an application is submitted.
This may be dependent on whether you’re already in New Zealand or you’re in another country. Many employers will advertise roles online and you can apply for them through those channels. You can also contact employers directly to discuss employment opportunities.
You may have friends or family who know of opportunities too.
It’s not mandatory to work with a licensed immigration specialist when applying for a green list residence visa, however, by doing so, you may increase the likelihood of your application being successful.
We can also provide you with advice and guidance in terms of other visa options if this one is not right for you.
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