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Accredited Employer Work Visa

Immigration Advisers New Zealand (IANZ) team provides employers and employees with the latest and most appropriate immigration advice regarding the new Accredited Employer Work Visa (AEWV). We represent businesses and individuals and families affected by the change in temporary work visa policy from 4th July 2022, wherever in New Zealand or around the world you are. We take pride in the quality of our work and our attention to detail.

The launch of AEWV essentially means that a New Zealand-based employer must be accredited to hire migrant workers from 4th July 2022. INZ will start accepting applications from NZ employers for accreditation from 9th May 2022.

The NZ employers can refer to this guide to prepare their accreditation applications. However, before lodging an AEWV application, there are three important terms to be aware of:

  • Employer Accreditation
  • The Job Check
  • The Migrant Check

The accreditation is of two types. While standard accreditation is for those NZ employers who wish to hire five or fewer migrants, high volume accreditation is to be acquired if the employer wishes to hire six or more migrant workers. To get accredited, franchisees and employers who want to place migrants on AEWVs with third parties (including labour-hire companies) must meet additional criteria.

The Labour Market Test (LMT) retains its importance, and INZ will still use it to ensure that the New Zealanders get priority in the job market over migrant workers.


The minimum requirements are:

  • New Zealand Business Number (NZBN)
  • Genuine Business (which means business is registered with Inland Revenue (IRD) and that the business should be profitable)
  • No recent history of regulatory non-compliance
  • If you have standard accreditation, you will be subject to a job quota of up to 5
  • Minimise risk of exploitation (which means migrant workers and people making recruitment decisions should complete Employment New Zealand’s online modules for knowing employment rights)

The documents required are:

  • New Zealand Business Number (NZBN)
  • IRD registration of the employer
  • Financial documents of the business showing profitability before depreciation and tax or positive cash flow or sufficient capital or plans to show viability of the business
  • Evidence that all recruitment costs in New Zealand and outside are paid.
  • Evidence that Employment New Zealand online modules are completed by the migrant workers and who make recruiting decisions

In addition to the above, if you want to hire 6 or more migrants on an AEWV, you must demonstrate a commitment to improving pay and conditions for all employees over time. To show this all jobs must either pay at least 10% more than the minimum wage at the beginning, or be covered by a collective agreement.

In addition to the documents mentioned in point 4 and/or 5, franchise employers must have been operating for at least 12 months, and have a history of hiring New Zealand workers

In addition to the documents mentioned above you must place AEWV workers in compliant businesses.  You should also be able to demonstrate:

  • That you have effective mechanisms in place to monitor on-site employment and safety
  • Have a 12-month track record of placing employees with controlling third parties
  • That at least 15% of your full-time employees who are placed with controlling third parties are New Zealanders

The job check verifies that the position pays the market rate, that the terms and conditions are in compliance with New Zealand employment laws and regulations, and that you have completed an LMT, if necessary.

Employers need to apply for a job check for each position that they intend to fill with a migrant worker. A migrant worker on an AEWV can only be hired for a job if it has passed the job check. A job check is paid for by the employer.

INZ will check the Labour Market Test (LMT) result.  It is a check done to ensure that there are no New Zealand citizens or residents available for the job by advertising.  LMT shows that an employer has advertised the job vacancy, have listed it with Ministry of Social Development (MSD) if the salary for the same is not below median wage and that suitable New Zealanders had a fair chance of applying for this position.

The fees are NZD $2130 per application cost. The employer must be a New Zealand employer in New Zealand to apply.

When accreditation is approved initially, the duration of the accreditation is 12 months. Franchisees and employers who place migrants on AEWVs with controlling third parties will be accredited for further 12 months at the renewal.

The LMT helps INZ to guarantee that New Zealanders get priority in the job market ahead of AEWV applicants /migrant workers. The LMT ensures that there are no New Zealand citizens or residents available for the job by advertising.

To confirm if a business is genuine the following will be required:

  • Business is registered with Inland Revenue (IRD)
  • Business has sound financial position (considering profitability, cash flow, sufficient capital etc.)
  • If partnership or sole trader, they must not be bankrupt or subject to No Asset Procedure (INZ does automated checks with Insolvency Register)

Yes, all recruitment costs in and outside New Zealand are paid for by the New Zealand employer. For in-depth details on the new employer accreditation and work visa please refer this link from Immigration New Zealand.

With so many minute details and intricacies it is understandable to get cluttered in your thoughts and processes of such applications. That is why, we, at Team Immigration Advisers New Zealand are here to assist you through the visa application process for new employer accreditation and work visas.

Do connect with us if you require assistance regarding the above information. Contact us at Immigration Advisers New Zealand Ltd. at contact@nzimmigration.info or call on +64 09 3790219.  Our experienced team of Licensed Immigration Advisers will be happy to guide you.


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