Government announces more health roles to be added to the Green List

Kindly refer to the below information relating to - Thirty-two new health roles have been added to the Green List and all health roles on the Green List will be moved to the Straight to Residence pathway.

New health roles for Green List

The roles span across the health system and are considered critical to the delivery of health services in New Zealand.

Eligible people are encouraged to apply from 29 May 2023.

Ship Masters and Deckhands added to Bus and Truck driver sector agreement

In December 2022 the government announced that bus and truck drivers would have a time limited residence pathway through a sector agreement.

It has now been confirmed that people who work in roles covered by the ANZSCO code 231213 Ship’s Master / Skipper, and 899211 Deck Hand will be added to the sector agreement with a time limited pathway to residency.

Skippers will need to be paid the market rate and migrant worker deckhands will need to be paid at least the median wage to utilise this sector agreement.

Details of the bus truck, and now skipper and deckhand, sector agreement are still being worked through. Full details will be announced soon with implementation expected to begin from late May.

List of health sector roles going on the Green List:

Addiction practitioner/alcohol & drug clinician



Clinical dental technician

Clinical physiologists (sleep, renal, exercise, respiratory, neurology, and cardiac)


Dental specialists

Dental technician

Dental therapist



Dispensing optician

Drug and alcohol counsellor

Enrolled nurse

Genetic counsellor

Medical laboratory pre-analytical technician

Medical resonance imaging technologist

Nuclear medicine technologist

Nurse practitioner


Oral health therapist

Orthotic and prosthetic technician



Paramedic/emergency medical technician

Perfusionist (cardiac)



Play therapist (hospital)

Social worker

Speech language therapist

Sterile processing technician

Existing roles on Green List Work to Residence pathway moving to Straight to Residence pathway:

Anaesthetic Technician


Medical imaging technologist

Medical laboratory technician

Medical radiation therapist

Occupational therapist.



Existing roles on Green List Straight to Residence pathway:

Clinical Psychologists

Medical laboratory scientist

Medical practitioners



Physicist (Medical)


Registered Nurse

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Sukhpreet Kaur

Zenith Immigration Solutions