Specified Roles in the Primary Industries

Working in a role that is defined by the Government as a ‘specified role in primary industries’ is one of the criteria for being eligible for the recently announced 2021 Resident Visa.

To find out more about whether you qualify for the 2021 Resident Visa, see our information on the visa here, or fill out our online form and we’ll get back to you to discuss your visa qualification situation.

The roles on the primary industry list are outlined here. The original version of the list is on the NZ Immigration website.

  • Agricultural and horticultural mobile plant operator
  • Agricultural consultant
  • Agricultural engineer
  • Agricultural scientist
  • Agricultural technician
  • Anaesthetic technician
  • Animal attendants and trainers nec
  • Apiarist
  • Aquaculture farmer
  • Aquaculture worker
  • Arborist
  • Baker
  • Baking factory worker
  • Beef cattle farm worker
  • Beef cattle farmer
  • Boat builder and repairer
  • Brewery worker
  • Butcher or smallgoods maker
  • Cabinetmakers
  • Cardiac technician
  • Chef
  • Chemist
  • Confectionery maker
  • Conservation Officer
  • Cook
  • Cotton Grower
  • Crop farm workers nec
  • Crop Farmers nec
  • Dairy cattle farm worker
  • Dairy Farm Manager
  • Dairy products maker
  • Deck hand
  • Deer farmer
  • Dog handler or trainer
  • Environmental consultant
  • Environmental engineer
  • Environmental manager
  • Environmental research scientist
  • Environmental scientists nec
  • Fabric and textile factory worker
  • Farm, forestry and garden workers
  • Farrier
  • Fencer
  • Fisheries officer
  • Fishing hand
  • Florist
  • Food and drink factory workers nec
  • Food technologist
  • Food trades assistants nec
  • Footwear production machine operator
  • Forester (AUS) / Forest scientist (NZ)
  • Forestry worker
  • Fruit and vegetable factory worker
  • Fruit and vegetable packer
  • Fruit or nut farm worker
  • Fruit or Nut Grower
  • Fruit or nut picker
  • Furniture finisher
  • Gardener (general)
  • Goat farmer
  • Grain mill worker
  • Grain, oilseed or pasture farm worker (AUS) / Field crop farm worker (NZ)
  • Grain, Oilseed or Pasture Grower / Field Crop Grower
  • Grape Grower
  • Greenskeeper
  • Hide and skin processing machines operators
  • Hide and skin processing worker
  • Horse breeder
  • Horse groomer
  • Horticultural nursery assistant
  • Hunter-trapper
  • Kennel hand
  • Knitting machine operator
  • Landscape gardener
  • Livestock farm workers nec
  • Livestock farmers
  • Logging assistant
  • Logging plant operator
  • Marine biologist
  • Marine transport professionals nec
  • Master fisher
  • Meat boner and slicer
  • Meat inspector
  • Meat packer
  • Meat process worker
  • Medical laboratory technician
  • Medical technician nec
  • Mixed crop and livestock farm worker
  • Mixed crop and livestock farmer
  • Mixed Crop Farmer
  • Mixed livestock farm worker
  • Mixed livestock farmer
  • Mushroom picker
  • Nurseypersons
  • Operating theatre technician
  • Other wood processing machine operator nec
  • Paper and pulp mill operator
  • Paper products machine operator
  • Park ranger
  • Pastrycook
  • Pastrycook’s assistant
  • Pathology collector / phlebotomist
  • Pest controller
  • Pet groomer
  • Pharmacy technician
  • Picture framer
  • Pig farmer
  • Poultry farm worker
  • Poultry farmer
  • Poultry process worker
  • Primary products inspectors nec
  • Production manager (forestry)
  • Quarantine officer
  • Saw maker and repairer
  • Sawmill or timber yard worker
  • Sawmilling operator
  • Seafood packer
  • Seafood process worker
  • Shearer
  • Sheep farm worker
  • Sheep farmer
  • Ship’s engineer
  • Ship’s master
  • Ship’s officer
  • Ship’s surveyor
  • Shipwright
  • Slaughterer
  • Stablehand
  • Sugar Cane Grower
  • Sugar mill worker
  • Tanker driver
  • Textile and footwear production machine operators nec
  • Textile dyeing and finishing machine operator
  • Tree faller
  • Turf Grower
  • Vegetable farm worker (AUS) / Market garden worker (NZ)
  • Vegetable Grower (Aus) / Market Gardener (NZ)
  • Vegetable picker
  • Veterinarian
  • Veterinary nurse
  • Vineyeard worker
  • Weaving machine operator
  • Wine maker
  • Winery cellar hand
  • Wood and wood products factory worker
  • Wood machinist
  • Wood machinist and other wood trades workers nec
  • Wood turner
  • Wool buyer
  • Wool classer
  • Wool handler
  • Yard carding and spinning machine operator
  • Zookeeper

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