List of qualifications exempt from assessment updated

The “List of Qualifications Exempt from Assessment” is a list which compares overseas qualifications to comparable New Zealand qualifications. If your qualification appears on this list, you do not need to pay for an International Qualifications Assessment (IQA) through the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) for your resident visa application, which can be both time […]

New median wage from February 2024

The New Zealand median wage will be increasing to NZ$36.61 per hour from February 2024 (currently NZ$29.66 per hour). This is going to impact a number of visas which have wage thresholds based on the median wage, including the Accredited Employer Work Visa, Skilled Migrant Category Visa, and some occupations in the Green List or […]

Changes to Accredited Employer Work Visas

From November 2023, the maximum duration of an Accredited Employer Work Visa will be extended from 3 years to 5 years After spending 5 years on an AEWV, you will need to spend 12 months outside of New Zealand, unless you are on a pathway to residence or have a residence application pending. Existing AEWV […]

New Accredited Employer Search Tool

Immigration New Zealand have launched a new Accredited Employer search tool. This makes it easier to see which employers already have accreditation in New Zealand. You can access the new Accredited Employer search tool here. This tool is particularly useful for the partners of work visa holders, who are granted a work visa with the […]

Changes to work conditions for partners of Work Visa holders from 31st May 2023

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 […]

Teaching roles added to the Work to Residence pathway

The NZ Government has confirmed that Tier 2 of the Green List will be expanded from 29th May 2023, to include a number of teaching roles. These teaching roles will be added to the Work to Residence Green List pathway from 29th May. As a result, eligible teachers will be able to apply for residence […]

Work to residence pathway for bus drivers and truck drivers

The New Zealand government has announced a new transport sector agreement. This will provide a two-year work to residence pathway for critical transport occupations such as bus drivers and truck drivers. Median wage exemption for bus drivers Employers will have a median wage exemption set at $28 an hour when hiring bus drivers for an […]

INZ Extends Accreditation Period for Employers

Immigration New Zealand (INZ) has announced that it is extending the initial accreditation period for Accredited Employer Work Visa employers, to provide them with more certainty as they get used to the accreditation system. Employers who are currently accredited do not need to take any action. Their accreditation will be automatically extended for 24 months […]

New Zealand median wage increase

On 27th February 2023 the New Zealand median wage is increasing to NZD $29.66. This will impact the criteria to be eligible for an Accredited Employer Work Visa, and other visas (including the Skilled Migrant Work Visa, the Green List and Highly Paid Resident Visas) which also have median wage-related criteria. AEWV Job Checks If […]

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