Immigration New Zealand have confirmed the changes to visa conditions for the partners of Work Visa holders, that will be in effect from 31st May 2023.

New work conditions for partners of Work Visa holders (AEWV and ESWV holders)

Successful applications for a Partner of a Worker Work Visa, made on or after 31st May 2023, will come with the following conditions:


The changes will apply to partners of workers who hold and Accredited Employer Work Visa (AEWV) or Essential Skills Work Visa (ESWV), with a few exceptions (listed further down in this article).


Flexibility within the new Partner of a Worker Work Visa

The new Partner of a Worker Work Visa still offers flexibility for partners in the following areas:


Exceptions for partners of highly paid and Green List roles

Partners of AEWV and ESWV holders, who are paid at least twice the median wage or who are working in a role on the Green List, will still be able to work for any employer in New Zealand, without these new Partner Work Visa conditions applying.

This includes the partners of migrants who did not meet these requirements when they received their AEWV or ESWV, but have since met them through a pay increase or their role being added to the Green List.


Other exceptions

The change in visa conditions also does not impact:


Workers who aren’t able to support a partner on a work visa

AEWV holders who are covered by any Sector Agreement, and are currently being paid below the median wage, aren’t eligible to support a partner for a work visa.

Similarly, ESWV holders who are being paid below the median wage, also aren’t eligible to support a partner.

However, if they receive a pay rise that brings their earnings to at least the median wage, they might become eligible to support their partner for a work visa.


What can you do if you aren’t eligible to get a Partner of a Worker Work Visa?

Partner’s of temporary workers can explore other visa options to determine if they are eligible to apply in their own right. Alternatively, if they do not intend to work, they can apply for a Visitor Visa.


Get in touch

For further information and guidance regarding partner visa applications, please feel free to get in touch.

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