- New Zealand is calling for Nigerians with specific skills who are willing to relocate to the country
- It has opened up opportunities for Nigerians in specific professions, such as prison guards and welders
- The move aims to close the Island country's grappling skills shortages across various industries
Legit.ng journalist Zainab Iwayemi has over three years of experience covering the Economy, Technology, and Capital Market.
New Zealand is actively seeking to attract foreign workers to address an ongoing skills shortage in the country.
The latest decision is the expansion of the Immigration Green List, adding 17 new roles.
The list allows employers to use Green List visas to fill specialist roles if they cannot recruit a local while providing employees a fast-track route to residency.
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New Zealand's Immigration Minister, Andrew Little, in a statement, also revealed plans to add another seven in 2024.
The statement reads:
"The new job additions, which also include aviation engineers, corrections officers, vehicle painters, and naval architects, open up the list to more industries.
"From next year, the ICT, automotive, and engineering sectors will have the option to also apply for the Green List visas when they need to fill specialist skilled roles when a New Zealand worker cannot be found."
Bloomberg reports that New Zealand faces a skills shortage worsened by the pandemic when its borders were closed to foreigners.
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A message from the New Zealand immigration website reads:
"If your role is listed, and you have the qualifications, registration, or experience required, you may be able to get residence immediately or after two years of working here.
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Here is the list of 17 new roles added to the New Zealand Green Visa list
- Aviation Engineers
- Aircraft Maintenance Engineers
- Naval Architects (Marine Designers)
- Mechanical Engineering Technicians
- Metal Fabricators
- Metal Machinists First Class
- Fitter and Turners
- Fitter Generals
- Vehicle Painters
- Panel Beaters
- Road-Roller Operators
- Corrections Officers
- Prison Guards
- Database and Systems Administrators
- ICT Database and System Administrators
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This offer includes benefits such as $10,000, which covers agent fees, visa application fees, and relocation costs.
Nigerians 18 or older are eligible to apply, and the payment will be made in different tranches.