Changes to the Accredited Employer Work Visa

Immigration New Zealand have announced a number of changes to the new Accredited Employer Work Visa, which will replace the Essential Skills Work Visa and Talent (Accredited Employer) Work Visa, when it launches on 4 July 2022.

They have confirmed that it will be open to applications from overseas, as well as in New Zealand, from July.

In addition, the following announcement have been made:

Median wage increase on 4th July 2022

The median wage will increase from $27.00 to $27.76 an hour on 4 July 2022, in line with when the AEWV opens to applications.

Employers who submit a job check in advance of 4 July 2022 should use the new median wage figure, as all visa applications will be made on or after this date.

Revised timeline for the implementation of the new Accredited Employer Work Visa

Migrant workers can still apply for an Essential Skills Work Visa until 3 July 2022. Employers do not need to apply for accreditation from 23 May 2022, unless they intend to hire migrants on an AEWV soon after 4 July 2022.

For most employers, accreditation will be a simple and relatively low-touch assessment.

Changes to the accreditation and job check steps

A number of changes have been made including:

If you want to find out more about the Accredited Employer Work Visa, get in touch or fill out our Eligibility Assessment

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