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Accredited Employers Work Visa (AEWV)

As you might have heard there will be a big policy change, namely the Accredited Employer Work Visa, taking place from 23 May 2022.
Here is some information that might be useful for your business to create a plan of action.

"How will this affect my business?" you might be wondering. Well keep reading to understand what information that has been released so far.

How will you be able to sponsor your employees under the Accredited Employer Work Visa?

Under this new policy, the process of sponsoring employees in need of work visas is expected to change considerably.

There will be 3 main steps to follow:

  • Employer Accreditation
  • Job Check
  • Migrant Worker Evaluation

Employer Accreditation

There will be 2 different levels of accreditation:

  • Standard Accreditation: suitable  for employers who want to have up to 5 migrant workers on Accredited Employer Work Visas at any one time
  • High-volume Accreditation: suitable for employers who want to have  6 or more migrant workers on Accredited Employer Work Visas at any one time

Getting Accredited:

For most employers, receiving accreditation will be a fairly straightforward process that mainly requires a few documents.
in order to become accredited, businesses will have meet the following requirements:

  • being a viable and genuinely operating business
  • being compliant with employment, immigration and business regulatory standards
  • completing activities to support the settlement of migrant employees

Every company will NEED to receive ACCREDITATION in order to sponsor anyone from overseas.

This is a process that businesses will have to undertake regularly to keep the business running if sponsoring migrant workers.

Job Check

Once the employer is accredited, they will have to apply for a job check each time they would like to hire a migrant worker.
If the employer is looking for more than one person to fill the same role, they will only have to apply for a job check once. But what does a job check mean exactly?
To put it simply, the job check will confirm things such as:

  • a minimum of 30 hours of work per week
  • market rate payments and meeting of the wage thresholds
  • terms and conditions complying with NZ laws and standards
  • advertisement of the role to New Zealanders 

Accredited Employer Work Visa

Once the job check is approved, the potential employee can apply for the Employer Accredited Work Visa.

Before issuing a visa, INZ will check that:

  • the job being applied for is a job check approved job
  • the applicant has the required job skills and experience for the job
  • the applicant has a valid employment agreement
  • the applicant is of good character and health

Kenton Chambers Accreditation Membership

We are currently offering an ACCREDITATION MEMBERSHIP program for businesses that will renew your accreditation each year as well as making sure you are able to employee staff at any moment in time.

Availability is limited so fill in the form below as soon as possible to register your interest

Many people are choosing to renew their visas beforehand to avoid any uncertainties.
Click here to find out the key dates and deadlines to apply for your new visa.