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Here is the Outline for the New Accredited Employer Work Visa (AEWV) Process

Outline for the New Accredited Employer Work Visa (AEWV) Process

What is employer accreditation?

An accredited employer is an employer who is accredited i.e. officially authorized & recognized by Immigration New Zealand (INZ) to employ migrant workers.

Why should New Zealand employers apply for accreditation?

INZ is making it compulsory for NZ employers to get accredited if they want to hire migrant workers. This is to ensure all standard requirements are met like the business is genuine & compliant, committed to settling migrants & minimize exploitation.

What is an Accredited Employer Work Visa?

The Accredited Employer Work Visa (AEWV) is a new temporary work visa that will be introduced from 4 July 2022. This visa category is slowly replacing six temporary work visas in existence with a streamlined single visa process. This means, going forward migrant workers can only be hired under the new visa category provided the employers are accredited.

When can employers apply for accreditation?

Employers will be able to apply for accreditation from 9th May 2022

What is the 3- Step visa application process?

Step 1: Getting Accredited

Any employer who wants to hire migrant workers on the AEWV must gain accreditation. This is a new type of accreditation so even if an employer has been accredited under the previous system, they will still have to apply for accreditation.

The level of accreditation will depend on the number of migrant workers required to be hired annually.

What are the different levels of accreditation?
  • Standard accreditation– for employers wanting to hire up to five migrants at one time.
  • High volume accreditation – for employers wanting to hire six or more migrants at one time.

Note: Franchisees and employers placing migrant workers on AEWV with controlling third parties (e.g. labour-hire companies) must meet additional requirements.

Step 2: The Job Check

After gaining accreditation, a job check must be done for each job an employer wants to hire migrant labour for. A migrant worker can be hired on an AEWV only if the job check has been passed. Employers must pay for a job check.

What is covered in a job check?
  • If the job pays the market rate
  • If the employment terms and conditions comply with New Zealand employment laws and standards
  • Labour Market Test (LMT), if required

If a migrant job applicant is not hired, the employer can offer the job to another suitable candidate, the job check does not have to be repeated.

Step 3: Migrant Worker Check

A migrant worker must meet the health and character requirements, and identity requirements and have the skills and experience stipulated in the job check.

What is the Labour Market Test?

The prerequisite where an employer must ensure and confirm that there is no NZ citizen or resident suitable for the advertised job before recruiting a migrant worker.

A Labour Market Test (LMT) secures that,
  • The job has been adequately advertised
  • The vacancy has been listed with the Ministry of Social Development (MSD) if the pay is below the median wage
  • Suitable New Zealanders have had the opportunity to apply for the job.

An approved job check will be valid for six months or until the employer’s accreditation lapses, whichever comes earlier. Multiple positions for the same job can be included in a one job check provided the job details are similar (the same occupation, pay range, region/ city of work etc.)

Immigration New Zealand (INZ) plans on introducing a pathway to residence in the future for those who have held an AEWV for 2 years and paid 200% of the median wage.

Do you want to become a New Zealand accredited employer?

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 contact@nzimmigration.info or call on +64 09 3790219.

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