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INZ Shifting To The New Accredited Employer Work Visa

New Accredited Employer Work Visa

The new Accredited Employer Work Visa (AEWV) will be implemented on 4th July 2022, by the New Zealand Government.


Please note that the applications for accreditation will open on 9th May 2022.

Migrant workers can only be hired on the new visa, provided the employers are accredited. Businesses & regions are urged to train & upskill workers in New Zealand. Accredited employers/businesses can use the new AEWV to hire skilled migrant workers in areas where there is a legitimate need for skill or labour shortages.

You may find out and get yourself familiarized with the new AEWV and the 3-check process here.

In May 2021, the New Zealand Government had announced that first-time applications for the Talent (Accredited Employer) Work Visa and the Long-Term Skill Shortage List Work Visa would close on 31st October 2021. In preparation for the new AEWV, these visas are being phased out.

Until the new AEWV is implemented, employers can continue to hire onshore temporary migrant workers on an Essential Skills Work Visa without having to obtain employer certification. The introduction of the new AEWV has no effect on other temporary work visas, such as the Recognized Seasonal Employer Limited Visa and the Working Holiday Scheme Visa.

For more information from INZ regarding WTR visas closing to new applications please click here.

Information for Migrant Workers on this new change:

This new change will not affect migrants who are currently on a temporary work visa as long as they are meeting their visa conditions and their visa remains valid. If they meet the conditions under the appropriate visa category, Work to Residence (WTR) visa holders who have applied for a Residence from Work (RFW) visa may apply for a subsequent WTR visa after 31 October 2021.

Get in touch with Immigration Advisors New Zealand Ltd, which provides up-to-date immigration information so you can consider opportunities and prepare yourself for the future. To know all the required procedures, contact us at [email protected] or call on +64 09 3790219.

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