Green list occupations in New Zealand

New Zealand has a system in place called the Essential Skills in Demand (ESID) list, which is used to identify the occupations that are in high demand in the country and are considered to be “green-listed” or “priority” occupations. These are the occupations that are considered to be most critical to New Zealand’s economic recovery and are given priority processing by Immigration New Zealand (INZ).

The ESID list is regularly updated by the government to reflect changes in the labor market and to ensure that the country’s needs are met. The latest list is available on the INZ website. The occupations listed in the ESID list can be work in skill level 1-4 and usually based on the ANZSCO (Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupation).

The list can vary over time, but generally it include fields like:

  • Health care and social assistance
  • Construction
  • Education and training
  • Agriculture, forestry, and fishing
  • Information technology
  • Manufacturing
  • Professional, scientific and technical services

Keep in mind that although a occupation is on the green-list, it doesn’t mean it guarantees to be approved for immigration, but it increases the chances for approval and faster processing.