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Fast-Tracked New Zealand Residency for Health Workers

The Green list is a list of special occupations that receive priority processing by Immigration New Zealand – reducing your waiting time considerably when applying for a visa or New Zealand residency.


There are currently 48 health roles on New Zealand's Green list:

Addiction Practitioner / Alcohol & Drug Clinician Anaesthetic Technician
Audiologist Audiometrist 
Chiropractor Clinical Dental Technician
Clinical Physiologists (Sleep, Renal, Exercise, Respiratory, Neurology and Cardiac)  Clinical Psychologists
Counsellor Dental Specialists
Dental Technician Dental Therapist
Dentist Dietician
Dispensing Optician Drug and Alcohol Counsellor
Enrolled Nurse Genetic Counsellor
Medical Imaging Technologist Medical Laboratory Pre-Analytical Technician
Medical laboratory Scientist Medical Laboratory Technician
Medical Practitioners Medical Radiation Therapist
Medical Resonance Imaging Technologist Midwife
Nuclear Medicine Technologist Nurse Practitioner
Occupational Therapist Optometrist
Oral Health Therapist Orthoptist
Orthotic and Prosthetic Technician Orthotist / Prosthetist
Osteopath Paramedic
Perfusionist (Cardiac) Pharmacist
Physicist (Medical) Physiotherapist
Play Therapist (Hospital) Podiatrist
Psychologists Registered Nurse
Social Worker Sonographer
Speech Language Therapist Sterile Processing Technician


Being on the Green List allows you and your immediate family to apply for New Zealand residency offshore, and enter the country as residents – this has added benefits, such as giving you the flexibility to change jobs without having to change the conditions of your work visa, as well as the ability to vote, sign up for employer-matched superannuation, and buy a house straight away.


If you need any further help or guidance, our wider team can provide free personalised advice based on your unique circumstances, including information on job opportunities, visa requirements, and settlement support in New Zealand. Just fill out the form at the bottom of this page, and our team will be happy to assist you.



If you work in healthcare, and want to move to Aotearoa New Zealand, use our form to leave your details. No matter where you are, or what stage of the process you're at, our team can help you.