New Zealand’s Green List Fails to Deliver for Employers

The positives:

As part of border reopening and immigration changes, the government announced a new “Green List” of 85 hard-to-fill, high-skill roles that provide a priority pathway to residency.

  • The new Green List is welcome, as some industries now have some certainty for those they need to employ.
  • It’s great that Accredited Employer Work Visa (AEWV) holders who are paid $115,500 will have a pathway to residence after working for two years.
  • It’s also great that some occupations are going to have a temporary reprieve from the $27.76 median wage.

What’s wrong with the announcement?

The new work visa system is not new. It’s been in the planning well before Covid. There is nothing innovative here.

The Green List job titles are still associated with an ANZSCO job description

Is this operationally directing INZ back to the bugbear of the old Skilled Migrant Category, with the arguments and large quantities of evidence being supplied to prove the employer’s job description “substantially matches” the ANZSCO description for the role?

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Aaron Martin is one of New Zealand’s most highly regarded practitioners in immigration law, with decades of experience in assisting private individuals, business, and corporate clients. Skilled in evaluating complex cases, ministerial intervention, appeals, and character or medical waivers.



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