Accredited employer work visa

The Accredited Employer Work Visa (AEWV) is a new that has replaced 6 work visas on 4th July 2022. New Zealand Employers can hire skilled migrant workers on AEWV, which can help address skill or labour shortages in New Zealand.

Before hiring a migrant on the AEWV, the New Zealand employer will have to apply for accreditation under the new system, request a migrant worker to apply for a visa, and meet any skills and experience stipulated as part of the job check application. All employers hiring workers on an AEWV would be required to be accredited by Immigration New Zealand (INZ), and must submit a Job Check application first before recruiting a migrant worker.

What is the Accredited Employer Work Visa?

The Accredited Employer Work Visa is a temporary work visa that allows businesses to hire foreign migrants to work in New Zealand in order to fill genuine skill shortages. The program was created with the goal of making it easier for employers hiring workers that are skilled and who are needed for specific jobs.

The Accredited Employer Work Visa allows workers to work for an accredited employer who is offering at least 30 hours of work a week. The visa allows one to pursue studies for up to 3 months in any 12 month period, or undertake a course required as part of their employment. In some cases, AEWV can help fast-track to residence or work to residence in 2 years depending on the role and salary package of the employee.

Who can apply for Accredited Employer Work Visa?

The main requirements for an Accredited Employer Work visa (AEWV) are:

  • you have full-time job offer or employment in New Zealand (minimum 30 hours per week) AND
  • your New Zealand employer holds an accreditation from Immigration NZ, AND
  • Before offering the role, the has first made genuine attempts to find a New Zealander to fill the position (Some exemptions apply) AND
  • You are qualified for the position offered, and will be paid at or above the NZ median wage.
  • You must have an acceptable standard of health and character as per the immigration policy


How does an employer apply for an accredited employer work visa?

To be eligible to apply for the Accredited Employer Work Visa for hiring migrants, an employer must pay at least the New Zealand median wage, unless the role is on an exemption list, and demonstrate that they could not find suitable New Zealanders to do the job.

To be accredited the employer should meet criteria that demonstrate their commitment towards providing a positive experience for migrants in their workplace. These standards vary depending on the type of business.

To be accredited, the employer and any key people in the organisation are required to meet immigration and employment standards. If they are not compliant, the accreditation may be cancelled and they may be fined, or the organisation may be banned from participating in future immigration programs.



How long is an accredited employer work visa valid for?

The AEWV will be valid for up to 3 years if the applicant is paid at or above the New Zealand median wage (currently NZD 27.76 an hour). If you leave your job or the company offering you the visa application, your visa may be cancelled and you may need to apply for a new visa to work for a different employer.

Can I include my family (partner or child) in my Accredited Employer work visa application?

Your family cannot be included in a single Accredited Employer work visa application. Rather, your dependents (Partner or child) can apply separately based on their relationship to you (for example, Partnership visa or dependent child visa etc). Their eligibility for such visa will primarily depend on the remuneration of the holder of Accredited Employer work visa.

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