Temporary Work Visa Transition Information For Employers
June 22, 2021
With effect from 1 November 2021, a single Accredited Employer Work Visa (AEWV) replaces the following six temporary work visas:
Essential Skills Work Visa
Essential Skills Work Visa — approved in principle
Talent (Accredited Employer) Work Visa
Long Term Skill Shortage List Work Visa
Silver Fern Job Search Visa (closed 7 October 2019)
Silver Fern Practical Experience Visa
Effect On Employers Hiring Migrants
As a precursor to the new Accredited Employer Work Visa policy, three of the existing accreditation and approval in principle policies stand non-effective from 30 June 2021. The three policies declared non-effective from 30 June 2021 are:
Accredited Employer (Talent- Accredited Employer)
Approval in Principle (Essential Skills)
Labour Hire Accreditation (Essential Skills)
As evident, those employers unable to apply for a new status or renew a current status under these policies will no longer be able to do so from 30 June 2021.
Effect On Migrant Employees
Until 31 October 2021, Migrants will be able to apply for temporary work visas, like Essential Skills and Talent (Accredited Employer) Work to Residence visa. Thereafter, Accredited Employer Work Visa will have to be applied for.
Accredited Employer Work Visa (AEWV) Application Process
The new AEWV application process will be a three-step employer-led process. Before hiring a migrant on the AEWV employers form 01 November 2021 onwards will need to:
Have accreditation under the new system.
Apply for a job check to New Zealanders availability.
Request a migrant worker to apply for a visa.
As part of the job check, the migrant will need to meet the skills and experience stipulated by the employer for the role.
Just So That You Know
Employers will be able to hire migrants under the Essential Skills visa category without accreditation or approval in principle, up until 31 October 2021.
Employers who already employ a migrant on a temporary work visa don’t need to keep their accreditation active for the duration of the migrant’s visa.
Important Timelines To Remember
Employers who depend on the migrant workforce in their business must be mindful of important timelines in the interest of their employees.
To be able to use one of these employer accreditation or approval in principle policies between now and 31 October 2021, holding appropriate status is critical e.g
If your current status is due to expire between now and 31 October 2021, and you want to use it over this time, you must apply to renew this by 30 June 2021.
If your status isn’t due to expire before 31 October 2021, you don’t need to do anything at this time.
New applications must be submitted by 30 June 2021. As long as they are submitted by this date, they will continue to be processed.