Starting July 4, 2022, the Accredited Employer Work Visa (AEWV) program is now in effect. Employers looking to hire migrant workers can now benefit from faster visa processing times and fewer costs.
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What is an Accredited Employer Work Visa(AEWV)?
The AEWV visa type allows New Zealand employers accredited by Immigration New Zealand to recruit foreign workers when no suitable New Zealanders are available.
- Launched on July 4, 2022, it simplifies hiring overseas skilled workers by replacing six previous work visa types.
- Visa Eligibility: Applicants earning at least the median wage (NZD 29.66 per hour) are eligible for an AEWV visa.
- Visa validity of up to 5 years.
- Existing AEWV Holders: Those with an existing AEWV may apply for the balance of their visa, potentially extending their stay under the new conditions.
- Purpose: Designed to fill skill shortages by enabling accredited employers to bring in overseas talent under specific conditions.
- NZ Immigration Cost: Starts from NZD 750
- Length of Stay – Up to 5 years
Note – Cost and stay length depend entirely on the NZ Immigration and can change based on government decisions.
Detailed Criteria for the Accredited Employer Work Visa(AEWV)
- Accreditation: Mandatory for businesses, ensuring adherence to high employment standards, commitment to training local staff, and promoting sustainability and growth. Accreditation serves as a badge of quality and reliability for potential employees.
- Wage Threshold: A minimum wage of NZD 29.66 per hour is required, aligning with New Zealand’s median wage, to qualify for the extended visa duration. Note – It can change if the government increases the median wage.
- Job Check: A critical step to verify that the offered position meets local employment standards and addresses genuine skill shortages, ensuring priority is given to local workers when available.
- Eligibility: Applicants must meet health, character, and job-specific skill qualifications, ensuring they contribute positively to New Zealand’s workforce.
Benefits of a Accredited Employer Work Visa(AEWV)
Employment Flexibility and Study Options
- Minimum Work Hours: Requires at least 30 hours of work per week for an accredited employer, providing job security for visa holders.
- Study Benefits: Visa holders are permitted up to 3 months of study in 12 months, encouraging personal and professional development.
Family Support Provisions
- Income Threshold for Dependents: An annual income of at least NZD 43,322.76 is necessary to sponsor dependent children’s visitor or student visas, facilitating family unity and support during the stay in New Zealand
- Note: It can increase based on government policy.
Pathways to Permanent Residence
- Special pathways to residence, such as Straight to Residence or Work to Residence, are available for roles listed on the Green List or for positions paying twice the median wage after 2 years in the role. This opens doors for skilled migrants to transition to permanent residency, contributing long-term to New Zealand’s economy and society.
What is Employer Accreditation
- Requirement: Mandatory for businesses hiring foreign workers under the AEWV scheme.
- Benefits: Streamlines the hiring process for foreign talent and demonstrates the employer’s quality and reliability to potential employees.
- Process: Involves proving the business’s sustainability, commitment to training local staff, and adherence to employment laws and standards.
Process at ICL Immigration for Partner of a Worker Work Visa(AEWV)
At ICL Immigration, we understand that the Partner of a Worker Work Visa application process in New Zealand can be intricate. Our team of seasoned immigration consultants is dedicated to ensuring your journey is as smooth and successful as possible. Here’s an in-depth overview of how we can assist you in obtaining your Partner of a Worker Work Visa:
Initial eligibility assessment for both employers and migrant workers, including guidance on meeting the AEWV criteria.
Assistance in preparing and compiling all necessary documentation for accreditation, job check, and visa application.
Manage the submission process and liaise with Immigration New Zealand to address any queries or requirements.
Ongoing support throughout the visa application process, updates on progress, Visa approval and advice on post-arrival procedures.
Navigating the Partner of a Worker Work Visa application process in New Zealand can be complex, but with the guidance and support of ICL Immigration, you can increase your chances of a successful application. Trust our experienced consultants to provide personalized assistance and ensure a smooth transition to working in New Zealand.
Detailed Eligibility for Accredited Employer Work Visa(AEWV)
Applicants must fulfill specific health, character, and job-related skill qualifications.
- Medical Examination: Mandatory comprehensive medical exam to ensure good health and minimal burden on healthcare services.
- Police Clearance: Required for stays of 24 months or more, including previous stays under different visas. Not required for applicants 16 years old or younger.
- Good Character Declarations: Must disclose any criminal convictions or deportations, with honesty being crucial.
Job-Specific Skill Qualifications
- Relevant Qualifications: Must have qualifications recognized in New Zealand or equivalent, such as degrees or professional licenses.
- Work Experience: Necessary relevant work experience, varying by role but aligned with New Zealand’s skill shortages.
- Skill Assessment: Some professions require assessment by a New Zealand professional body.
- English Proficiency: Must demonstrate sufficient English language skills, typically verified through approved tests.
- Labour Market Test: Employers might need to prove the absence of suitable local candidates for the role.
- Compliance with Laws: Applicants must agree to adhere to all New Zealand laws and regulations, including employment and residency rules.
What Migrant Workers Need to Know about the Accredited Employer Work Visa(AEWV)
- Rights and Responsibilities: Information on work conditions, rights in New Zealand, and responsibilities as a visa holder.
- Preparation for Application: Understanding the need for accurate documentation and meeting eligibility criteria specific to their role.
- Integration Support: Guidance on living and working in New Zealand, including access to services and community support to aid integration.
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Employer Accreditation is a status granted by Immigration New Zealand to employers who meet certain criteria. It allows them to hire skilled migrant workers under the Accredited Employer Work Visa (AEWV) scheme. This status is a testament to the employer’s commitment to fair and standard employment practices.
Any New Zealand employer who wishes to recruit foreign workers under the AEWV scheme must first obtain Employer Accreditation. It's essential for businesses looking to fill skill gaps with overseas talent.
Accredited employers can directly recruit foreign workers, have a streamlined visa process for these workers, and demonstrate to potential employees their compliance with high employment standards.
Employers must demonstrate a commitment to training and employing New Zealanders, have sound business practices, and show compliance with immigration and employment laws. They must also meet specific criteria regarding the sustainability and profitability of their business.
Typically, accreditation is valid for 12 or 24 months, depending on the type of accreditation granted. Employers must reapply for accreditation before it expires to continue hiring migrant workers.
Employers must submit an application to Immigration New Zealand, including evidence of their compliance with accreditation requirements. This involves detailed documentation of their business practices, HR policies, and commitment to employing New Zealanders.
Yes, there are different levels of accreditation depending on the size of the business and the number of migrant workers intended to be hired.
The cost for employer accreditation varies depending on the size of the business and the type of accreditation. For Current fees details contact ICL Immigration.
Yes, accredited employers can support their migrant workers’ applications for residence under certain categories, provided the workers meet the specific residence visa requirements.
If an application is denied, Immigration New Zealand will provide reasons. Employers can address these issues and reapply or seek legal advice for further actions.
ICL Immigration offers comprehensive services including assistance with the accreditation application process, ensuring compliance with all requirements, and providing guidance on maintaining accreditation standards.
Employers must identify and address any specific hazards associated with the jobs for which they are hiring. This includes ensuring compliance with New Zealand's health and safety regulations and demonstrating proactive measures to protect migrant workers.
Hiring and HR managers should familiarize themselves with the accreditation requirements, including fair hiring practices, ensuring equal treatment of New Zealand and migrant workers, and maintaining updated records of employment agreements and workplace policies.
Accredited employers must prioritize hiring New Zealand citizens or residents before seeking migrant workers. They must prove that they have genuinely searched for suitable local candidates before offering positions to overseas applicants.
Bonding agreements, which bind workers to a business for a certain period, must comply with New Zealand's employment laws. They should be fair, reasonable, and not exploit the migrant worker's situation.
The accreditation application requires extensive documentation, including business financials, HR policies, proof of commitment to hiring New Zealanders, and plans for training and upskilling local staff.
ICL Immigration provides guidance on meeting and maintaining accreditation standards, including regular reviews of employment practices, assistance with compliance audits, and updates on changes in immigration policies.
ICL Immigration assists with the renewal process by helping employers update their documentation, ensuring ongoing compliance with accreditation criteria, and providing advice on any changes in the accreditation process.
Labour Hire Accreditation is specifically designed for businesses that provide labour hire services. It differs from standard Employer Accreditation as it requires additional compliance with regulations specific to the labour hire industry. This includes adhering to standards that ensure the fair treatment and support of migrant workers in various job placements.
The benefits of Labour Hire Accreditation include the ability to recruit skilled migrant workers under the AEWV scheme, demonstrating compliance with New Zealand’s rigorous employment standards, and enhancing the company’s reputation as a fair and responsible employer in the labour hire industry.
To transition from standard Employer Accreditation to Labour Hire Accreditation, an employer must meet additional criteria relevant to the labour hire sector, such as enhanced checks on employment practices and worker support systems. ICL Immigration can assist with this transition by providing expert advice and support throughout the application process.
Disclaimer: The information provided is subject to change based on New Zealand government policies. For the most current information, please refer to Immigration New Zealand or contact ICL Immigration for updated guidance.