Accredited Employer Work Visas

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.

This page contains a quick guide to the process. A more complete guide is available in our member resources, here. Our helpline team are able to support you with the whole process, including supply you with supporting documents, templates and help with setting up any requirements you may need.

There are 3 steps to hiring a migrant on the AEWV. These are:

Employers can apply for accreditation from 10am on 23 May 2022 and for a job check from 20 June 2022.

How can I get accredited?

Employers must meet minimum requirements and commitments to hire migrants on the AEWV. Some business models must meet additional requirements.

All accreditation types have the same minimum requirements, and for most employers, accreditation will be simple and not require a lot of documentation.

For most businesses the accreditation must be held by the direct employer named on the migrant worker’s employment agreement.

For trusts, partnerships and sole traders, the business entity (which has an NZBN) must hold the accreditation, and the employer named on the employment agreement must be one or more of the trustees, partners or the sole trader.

An AEWV holder cannot be self-employed.

Some requirements for becoming accredited:

  • Evidence the company hiring the workers is financially viable 
  • Commit to settlement support
  • Commit to paying all recruitment costs
  • Let employees complete learning modules
  • Answer questions about your organisation’s compliance with business, employment and immigration rules and regulation, such as having valid employment agreements, job descriptions, HR policy, health and safety,training and more

What is the job check?

Once you are accredited you must get a job check for each job you want to hire a migrant worker for before you can offer the role to a migrant.

The purpose of the job check is to ensure there are no New Zealanders available to do a job and ensure employers are offering attractive wages to New Zealanders, before they look to recruit migrants.

All jobs must:

  • be for full time work, at least 30 hours each week
  • be paid at the market rate and not less than the median wage unless a lower wage threshold applies
  • be advertised with pay ranges declared, to attract New Zealanders, unless it is paid at 2x the median wage or on the Green List
  • be submitted by the accredited employer who is hiring the migrant worker
  • be paid at least monthly
  • be compliant with all the relevant New Zealand employment laws and standards
  • have an acceptable job offer, job description and employment agreement
  • not be for self-employment.

How does the AEWV application work?

Once an employer has been accredited for the Accredited Employer Work Visa (AEWV) and has an approved job check, the employer can ask the migrant employee to apply for an AEWV.

Applications for the AEWV open on 4 July 2022. The application must be made using the online form on Immigration New Zealand’s website once applications open.

Migrant employees cannot apply for a visa until their employer is accredited and has an approved job check.

The employer will then provide the Migrant employee with a job token with a unique number linking the employee to the specific job they have offered. The token is for one-time use only. Employees must include the token number in their visa application.

Roles exempt from the AEWV median wage threshold

If you want to hire migrants on the Accredited Employer Work Visa and the role is on this list you can pay less than the median wage.

Sector — Tourism and hospitality

These roles are only exempt from paying the median wage threshold until April 2023.

  • Hotel service manager ANZSCO 431411
  • Hotel or motel manager ANZSCO 141311
  • Accommodation and hospitality managers nec ANZSCO 141999
  • Licensed club manager ANZSCO 141411
  • Conference and event organiser ANZSCO 149311
  • Travel consultant ANZSCO 451612
  • Travel agency manager ANZSCO 142116
  • Tour guide ANZSCO 451412
  • Caravan park and camping ground manager ANZSCO 141211
  • Diving instructor (open water) ANZSCO 452311
  • Hunting guide ANZSCO 452213
  • Gallery or museum technician ANZSCO 399311
  • Trekking guide ANZSCO 452216
  • Waiter ANZSCO 431511
  • Commercial housekeeper ANZSCO 811411
  • Kitchenhand ANZSCO 851311
  • Barista ANZSCO 431112
  • Hotel or motel receptionist ANZSCO 542113
  • Bar attendant ANZSCO 431111
  • Fast food cook ANZSCO 851111
  • Food trades assistants nec ANZSCO 851299
  • Hospitality workers nec ANZSCO 431999
  • Cafe worker ANZSCO 431211
  • Pastrycook’s assistant ANZSCO 851211
  • Doorperson or luggage porter ANZSCO 431912
  • Gaming worker ANZSCO 431311
  • Travel attendants nec ANZSCO 451799