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Timings confirmed for immigration changes – Accredited Employer Visa

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The Government is introducing a new temporary work visa this year, called the Accredited Employer Work Visa (AEWV) and Immigration New Zealand have announced timings around the introduction of the new visa. The Accredited Employer Work Visa will be introduced on 1 November 2021 and will replace 6 of the existing temporary work visa categories.

Alongside the Accredited Employer Work Visa, a new employer-led system will be introduced that the Government says will generally simplify the application process and make it easier for businesses and regions to fill genuine skills shortages when it is clear that there is no New Zealander available to do the job, or who can be trained up for the role.

Find out more about the changes and new Accredited Employer Work Visa on Immigration New Zealand’s website here.

When to apply for accreditation

Employers will need to be accredited before they can hire a migrant on an Accredited Employer Work Visa – you’ll only need to be accredited under the new system when you want to start hiring migrants on the new Accredited Employer Work Visa.

  • Employers will be able to apply for accreditation from late September, ahead of the 1 November 2021 introduction date.
  • Employers that are accredited under the current system will need to apply and meet the policy requirements of the new accreditation system.
  • Employers don’t need to be accredited in the new system by 1 November 2021 if they do not plan to start hiring migrants on Accredited Employer Work Visas at this time.

More information:

More information will be released in the coming weeks and months and we’ll keep members well-informed ahead of the changes being introduced. If you have queries you can also contact our Helpline on 0800 737 827.

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