New Zealand’s accredited employer work visa (AEWV) will undergo significant changes, which in combination with the new 6 Point Residence Visa system, will have impacts that are far-reaching for both employers and migrants.
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On April 12th the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) announced that it is beginning post-accreditation audits.
In addition to the welcomed update on Green List Visa roles that now includes much-needed nurses and midwives, the government has announced changes to the Employer Accreditation by automatically extending employer accreditation by 12 months if the first accreditation is applied for by 4 July 2023
On the 11th of October 2022, the government announced two changes relevant to employers who are planning to recruit migrant workers.
The median wage, currently NZD $27.76 an hour, will increase to NZD $29.66 on 27 February 2023.
All three stages of the new Accredited Employer Work Visa (AEWV) are now live, with applications open for employer accreditation, job checks and work visas.
On average, Immigration New Zealand has said that most applications are being processed within two weeks.
The Job Check has been introduced to ensure that there are no suitable New Zealanders who can do a job before it is offered to a migrant worker. But it comes with a requirement to state the rate of overtime pay and hours guaranteed in the job contract.