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Accredited Employer Work Visa

What you need to know:

  • The AEWV replaces six work visa types from 4 July 2022. All employers wishing to employ migrant workers on an AEWV must first be accredited by Immigration New Zealand (INZ).
  • Employers who only employ migrants holding open work visas (eg: post-study, partnership, working holiday) do not initially require to become accredited to continue to employ these workers (but this will change in 2023)
  • Accreditation is only required to support new AEWV applications from 4 July, and accreditation is not required to continue to employ migrant workers on their existing work visas for now - but accreditation will be required to support new work visas for these workers when they need to renew their work visas in the future, and from 2023 to employ anyone on any type of work visa including partners, students and working holiday visa holders
  • There are 4 types of employer accreditation
    • Standard — to employ up to 5 migrant workers on AEWVs at any one time
    • High-volume — to employ 6 or more migrant workers on AEWVs at any one time. This accreditation type also has specific additional requirements for employers who:
      • Operate as a franchise business
      • Place employees with a controlling third-party, such as labour hire companies
  • There are 3 steps to hiring a migrant on an Accredited Employer Work Visa (AEWV):
    • Step 1 - employer accreditation where the employer’s credentials are assessed
    • Step 2 – the job check where the job details and any job advertising are assessed
    • Step 3 – the migrant check, comprising the AEWV application, and is where the migrant’s credentials are assessed
  • The initial employer accreditation is for 12 months and subsequent accreditation renewals will be for 24 months, except for franchise and labour hire type businesses who will continue to require annual renewals
  • The job must be paid at $29.66 or more per hour (the NZ median payrate), and 3 year work visas will be issued. For some roles in the aged care sector, the minimum payrate must be at or above the Level 4 pay rate defined under the Support Workers (Pay Equity) Settlements Act 2017 (currently $28.25 per hour).
  • Process and timing
    • The accreditation, job check and AEWV application processes are all undertaken online
    • Employer accreditation applications opened from 23 May and are currently taking around 10 working days to process – although high demand may impact on this timing
    • Job check applications opened on 20 June and are also taking around 10 working days to process
    • Migrant check/AEWV applications opened on 4 July are expected to take around 20 working days to process
  • INZ application fees
    • Employer accreditation:
      • Standard - $740, High Volume - $1220, Franchise - $1980, Labour Hire - $3870
    • Job check:
      • $610
    • AEWV application:
      • $750
    • Employers who are already INZ accredited under the previous accreditation regime, and whose existing accreditation will expire from 23 November 2022, can be exempt from their initial accreditation fee, and if they apply before this date.

There are a number of obligations that accredited employers must fulfil as part of their accreditation including, for example, the provision of settlement information and assistance, completion of Employment NZ learning modules for both the migrant employee and key employer staff. There are significant additional obligations for those businesses operating labour hire or similar businesses.


Request a no-obligation free proposal from Pathways to assist with your employer accreditation and AEWV requirements

Business legal name *
Business website *
Main business address *
Contact person name *
Position *
Contact Email *
Telephone *
Total number of employees *
Number of employees on work visas *
Approximately how many new employees are you looking to recruit from overseas in the next year? *
What roles are they mainly for? *
Are you a franchise business? *
Do you sub-contract/hire-out employees to 3rd parties? *

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