The Essential Skills Work Visa and Talent (Accredited Employer) Work Visa will be replaced by the new Accredited Employer Work Visa (AEWV) from 4 July 2022. To hire migrant workers on an AEWV, employers will have to be accredited and submit a job check for the relevant roles before hiring a migrant.
After months of extremely restricted border movements, the plan of reconnecting New Zealand with the world was announced by the New Zealand Government on 3 February 2022. The new AEWV is part of step 4. It will be open to applications from migrants within New Zealand & from other countries from July 2022.
Also, the Prime Minister has announced that a new minimum wage threshold set at the median wage will be introduced for the AEWV as part of the planned Immigration Rebalance changes.
Whether there will be any exceptions to the median wage rule and whether additional restrictions will apply to some roles still hasn’t been decided by the Government.
Changes have been made to streamline the accreditation and job check steps:
More information regarding the new accreditation and the AEWV can be found here
Migrant workers can still apply for the Essential Skills Work Visa until 3 July 2022. Employers do not need to apply for accreditation from 23 May 2022 unless they intend on hiring migrant workers on the AEWV soon after 4 July 2022.
Accreditation will be a simple & low-touch assessment for most employers.
From 4 July 2022, the median wage will increase from NZ$ 27.00 to NZ$ 27.76 per hour, in line with when the AEWV opens for migrants.
Employers who submit a job check before 4 July 2022 must use the new median wage figure since the visa applications will be lodged on or after this date.
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