New Zealand Immigration: Nurses Eligible for Immediate Residency

New Zealand Immigration: Nurses Eligible for Immediate Residency

The Minister of Immigration of New Zealand, Hon Michael Wood, has announced that nurses and midwives will be added to the Immigration Green List that qualifies migrants for immediate residency. 

This means a straight-to-residence pathway among a range of new immigration settings. They will be able to enter the country under the new setting from 15 December 2022.

A Specific Purpose work visa will also be added to help keep about 2500 critical workers in the country for up to three years, and a 12-month Open Work Visa for the roughly 1800 people who had been on Post Study Work Visas but missed out when the border closed.

Teachers, drainlayers, mechanics, and other roles are also being added to the Green List, while bus and truck drivers will be eligible for a new temporary residence pathway.

A total of 10 roles were being added to the Green List.

“As part of our signalled review, we are expanding the Green List settings to include more professions in our healthcare, education and construction sectors, to give a competitive edge in a highly competitive global environment,”

“Since the pandemic 3474 nurses have arrived in the country, but it's clear we need to do more to encourage nurses to choose New Zealand. Adding these roles will further build on the attractiveness of New Zealand to those looking to set themselves and their families up long term.”

Michael Wood

Green List Changes

New Zealand's Green List has been under review for quite some time now and it will continue being reviewed in mid-2023. Depending on the market needs, the authorities are expected to make additional changes too.

Added to Green List straight-to-residence path:

  • Registered nurses (on 15 December 2022)
  • Midwives (on 15 December 2022)
  • Specialist doctors not already on the Green List (on 15 December 2022)
  • Registered Auditors (from March 2023)

Added to Green List work-to-residence path from March:

  • Civil construction supervisors
  • Gasfitters
  • Drain layers
  • Skilled crane operators
  • Skilled civil machine operators
  • Halal slaughterers
  • Skilled motor mechanics
  • Skilled telecommunications technicians
  • All secondary school teachers (some specialisations already on the Green List)
  • Primary school teachers

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