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Green List "Straight to residence" applications now open

Updated: Feb 20, 2023

Straight to residence visas are now open.


A new, residence pathway opens today. If you secure a role listed in the Green List under Tier 1 category, and you meet the requirements of the role, you may apply "Straight To Residence" under this category.


Depending on the role you have secured from a NZ Accredited Employer, you may have to meet a certain threshold in terms of qualification, or work experience, or salary.


You will also need to be aged under 56, and meet a certain standard of English proficiency.

You may include your partner and dependent child(ren) in your residence application.


What if my role is on Tier 2 instead of Tier 1?

You may apply for residence under the Green List, but Tier 2 occupations only qualify after working for 2 years in this position. Alternatively, you may also be eligible to seek residence under the Skilled Migrant Category, which is due to reopen late 2022.


How about everyone else?

If your role is not on the Green list, you may still be eligible to apply under the Skilled Migrant Category, based on a skilled role in New Zealand.


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