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Accredited Employer Work Visa programme opens for applications

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The Accredited Employer Work Visa (AEWV) is a new temporary work visa being introduced on 4 July 2022. Employers must be accredited to hire migrant workers on an AEWV after 4th July 2022.

Employers can apply for accreditation from today, 23 May 2022.

All employers wanting to hire migrants on AEWVs must meet minimum accreditation criteria.

Some of these criteris are:

  • You must be a viable and genuinely operating business.
  • You must hold a New Zealand Business Number (NZBN
  • You must be registered as an employer with Inland Revenue (IRD).
  • Your business must meet one of these:
    • be profitable (before depreciation and tax over the last 24 months)
    • have positive cash flow for each of the last 6 months
    • have sufficient capital and external investment or funding (for example from a founder or parent company)
    • have a plan to ensure the business remains viable.
  • Businesses operating for less than 12 months must provide evidence of this criteria at application.
  • You and your key people must not be subject to a stand-down period or permanent ban from hiring migrant workers
  • You must ensure everyone making recruitment decisions completes Employment New Zealand’s most recent online employer modules on employment rights.
  • You must pay all recruitment costs in New Zealand and outside New Zealand.
  • You must provide migrant workers with work-related settlement information within one month of the employee beginning their employment including how to get an IRD number, relevant industry training and qualification information and options, specific job or industry hazards, accommodation options, transport options, how to access healthcare services.

The Restaurant Association can provide members guidance and support in becoming a accredited employer and are available for support at all levels of the process.

You can apply now for accreditation on the Immigraion NZ website here

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