New Zealand Green List for Indian Students

New Zealand government recently announced on 11 May that it would fully reopen its borders by the end of July 2022. This means that students can start preparing for their New Zealand study visa applications.

Along with the announcement of Reopening New Zealand borders the government has also announced number of changes which could affect study in New Zealand aspirants.

The changes are in relation to the New Zealand post study work visa after successful completion of the program while on New Zealand student visa. Specifically these new post study work visa rules changes for New Zealand are in relation to students who undertake a non degree qualification at level 7 of New Zealand Qualification framework or below that level.  Some of the non degree qualifications in New Zealand are

  • Diplomas at level 4 and 5
  • Diplomas at level 5 and 6
  • Diploma at level 7
  • Graduate Diploma at level 7

To avail the post study work visa for a non degree qualification at level 7 of New Zealand Qualification framework or below that level the qualification must be relevant to an occupation on the New Zealand Green List. So New Zealand green list for Indian students is very important to study. If you would like to study in New Zealand in a non degree qualification it is highly recommended that you avail the services of a top and best experienced study in New Zealand consultant who can help you choose a right course.

What is New Zealand Green List?

The Green list for New Zealand contains occupations which are in demand in New Zealand. The New Zealand Green List covers occupations in below sectors

  • ICT, electronics and telecommunications roles
  • Construction Roles
  • Engineering roles
  • Health and social services roles
  • Primary industries and science roles

New Zealand Green List residence pathways

This New Zealand Green List contains 2 pathways which may lead to residence in New Zealand. These pathways are as below

  • Occupations having Fast Track to residence
  • Occupations eligible for work to residence pathway

What are the occupations in the Green List?

The Green list New Zealand has 20 roles that have direct pathways from a qualification from level 7 or below at New Zealand Qualification framework.

Occupations which are fast tracked straight to New Zealand residency pathway

These occupations may lead to direct pathway to New Zealand residence. So you have a qualification which is relevant to the occupation as below you may apply for direct New Zealand residence. The occupations included are as below

  • Electrical Engineering Technician
  • Electronic Engineering Technician
  • Environmental Engineer
  • Geotechnical Engineer
  • Industrial Engineer
  • Materials Engineer
  • Mechanical Engineer
  • Production or Plant Engineer
  • Structural Engineer
  • Engineering Professionals (Not Elsewhere Classified)
  • Construction Project Manager
  • Project Builder
  • Quantity Surveyor
  • Surveyor
  • Chemical Engineer
  • Civil Engineering Technician
  • Civil Engineer
  • Electrical Engineer
  • Electronics Engineer
  • Telecommunications Engineers
  • Telecommunications Network Engineers
  • ICT Managers
  • Software Engineer
  • ICT Security Specialist
  • Multimedia Specialists
  • Resident Medical Officer
  • Medical Laboratory Scientist
  • Clinical Psychologists & Psychologists
  • Physicist (Medical)
  • Orthoptist
  • Veterinarian
  • Other Spatial Scientist
  • Environmental Research Scientist
  • Food Technologist
  • General Practitioner
  • Anaesthetist
  • Psychiatrist
  • Specialist Physicians Not Elsewhere Classified
  • Surgeons (Including General Surgeons
  • Cardiothoracic Surgeon Neurosurgeon
  • Orthopaedic Surgeon
  • Urologist and Vascular Surgeon
  • Other Medical Practitioners (Including
  • Dermatologist Obstetrician and Gynaecologist
  • Ophthalmologist Diagnostic And
  • Interventional Radiologist and Radiation Oncologist

Work to residence pathway occupations

Below occupations in New Zealand Green List are eligible for Work to residence pathway. This means that after 2 years of work the applicants may apply for residence.


  • Teachers – Secondary with specialisations and registered ECE
  • Automotive Electrician
  • Diesel Motor Mechanic (including Heavy Vehicle Inspector)
  • Electrician (General) –registered
  • Plumber – registered
  • Dairy Farm Managers
  • Anaesthetic Technician
  • Medical Laboratory Technician
  • Medical Imaging Technologist
  • Medical Radiation Therapist
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Sonographer
  • Podiatrist
  • Audiologist
  • All Registered Nurses (including but not limited to Aged Care)

A qualification which is relevant to an occupation in the New Zealand Green list for Indian students would be eligible for a post study work visa for a non degree qualification at level 7 or below level 7

West Highlander- Your trusted and best New Zealand study visa consultant in Chandigarh

As New Zealand has announced its complete border reopening from end of July it is an excellent opportunity for students who are looking forward to study in New Zealand to start preparing their applications and apply for New Zealand student visa. We at West Highlander can help you prepare you New Zealand study visa application as we have got the experience and expertise about the Study in New Zealand process. West Highlander has got sixteen years of solid experience in dealing with New Zealand study visa applications. One of the key team members of the company is a licensed Immigration Adviser- LIA licensed by Immigration adviser authority New Zealand. You may co9ntact LIA at West Highlander Chandigarh for free profile assessment of your New Zealand student visa. Ms Parwinder Kaur LIA at West Highlander Chandigarh can guide you thoroughly about the New Zealand study visa process as well New Zealand student visa requirements. In case you have any dependents they may also apply for New Zealand dependent visa. At West Highlander we can guide you about the type of dependent visa that is work visa or visitor visa as per the policy.