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Posted on December 13 2022

New Zealand requires 10 million healthcare professionals by 2030

By  Editor
Updated May 10 2023

New Zealand requires 10 million healthcare professionals by 2030

Highlights: Healthcare workers to be added to the straight-to-residence pathway in New Zealand

  • New Zealand requires 10 million healthcare workers by 2030
  • New Zealand announced ‘to add healthcare workers straight-to-residence pathway’
  • A Specific Purpose work visa will be added to retain 2,500 critical workers for three years
  • Open Work Visa will be valid for 12 months for people having Post Study Work Visas
  • 10 new roles were added to the Green List

New Zealand will add healthcare workers to straight-to-residence pathway

Nurses, doctors, midwives, and other healthcare workers will be added to the straight-to-residence pathway in the new immigration rules. The announcement was made by Michael Wood, the Immigration Minister of New Zealand. These professionals can enter New Zealand from December 15, 2022.

New Zealand new work visas

New Zealand will introduce a Specific Purpose work visa for 2,500 critical workers. The validity of this visa will be three years. Open Work visa will also be added for around 1,800 immigrants who already have Post Study Work Visa but cannot use it due to border close.

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Employer Accreditation in New Zealand

The accreditation of employers will also be extended by one year whose first accreditation will expire before July 4, 2023.

Need of 10 million healthcare workers in New Zealand

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern estimated that New Zealand will need around 10 million healthcare workers by 2030. A record number of nurses have applied to work in New Zealand and the government told that it is simplifying the requirements so that the immigrants can migrate to the country easily to live, work, and settle here.

Michael Wood stated that 3,474 nurses arrived in the country since pandemic and more things have to be considered to attract more and more candidates to migrate to New Zealand. Ardern said that the shortage of workers is not the only reason to change the immigration settings. There is a need of decent wages and an environment to make the country a great place to work.

He said that the New Zealand government has approved more than 94,000 roles for international recruitment. Along with this, 40,000 Working Holiday visas were also approved. Largest increase has also been given to the Recognized Seasonal Employer (RSE) scheme.

Changes in the Green List

The job roles added to the Green List straight-to-residence path are:

  • Registered nurses (on 15 December 2022)
  • Midwives (on 15 December 2022)
  • Specialist doctors not already on the Green List (on 15 December 2022)
  • Registered Auditors (from March 2023)

The job roles added to the work-to-residence path are as follows:

  • Civil construction supervisors
  • Gasfitters
  • Drain layers
  • Skilled crane operators
  • Skilled civil machine operators
  • Halal slaughterers
  • Skilled motor mechanics
  • Skilled telecommunications technicians
  • All secondary school teachers (some specializations already on the Green List)
  • Primary school teachers

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Also Read: New Zealand changes immigration policy to attract foreign talent amid manpower shortages Web Story: New Zealand has a 10 million requirement of healthcare professionals by 2030


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