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Changes to Work to Residence and occupations on the Green List

The Government is making changes to occupations eligible for Transport Sector Work to Residence and Green List Straight to Residence visas.

Work to Residence changes for bus and truck drivers

Bus and truck drivers who apply for an Accredited Employer Work Visa (AEWV) on or after 7 April 2024 will not be eligible to apply for a Transport Work to Residence visa.

Those who already hold an AEWV and those who have applied for an AEWV (and are later approved) will still be eligible for a Transport Work to Residence visa.

Green List changes

On 8 April 2024, 6 roles will be added to the Green List, equating to 9 ANZSCO occupations:

  • Straight to Residence

  • Aviation Engineer (Avionics, Aeronautical, Aerospace Engineer)

  • Naval Architect (aka Marine Designer)

  • ICT Database and Systems Administrator

  • Mechanical Engineering Technician

  • Aircraft Maintenance Engineer

  • Work to Residence

  • Corrections Officer The previously announced roles will not be added to the Green List:

  • Paving Plant Operator

  • Metal Fabricator

  • Pressure Welder

  • Welder

  • Fitter (General)

  • Fitter and Turner

  • Fitter-Welder

  • Metal Machinist (First Class)

  • Panel Beater

  • Vehicle Painter

  • Road Roller Operator Construction and Infrastructure Sector Agreement Previous plans to add these 7 roles to the Construction and Infrastructure Sector Agreement will not progress: Source: Immigration New Zealand

  • Driller’s Assistant

  • Earthmoving Labourer

  • Earthmoving Plant Operator general

  • Linemarker

  • Machine Operators not elsewhere classified

  • Mechanic’s Assistant

  • Road Traffic Controller


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