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Employer Accreditation

for employers of migrant workers as of 4 July 2022

Accredited Employer Work Visa (AEWV)

AEWV is the Immigration New Zealand (INZ) strategy to implement an employer-led work visa application system.   

A form of registration administered by INZ required by employers who support migrant staff to gain work visas. It will apply to first-time work visas or for when existing employees need another work visa. The Government application fee is $ 2,130 and applications open 9 May 2022, mandatory from 4 July 2022.

Three categories of employer accreditation

The first two categories of AEWV employer accreditation are determined by the total number of migrant staff employed by the business at any one time. Standard accreditation is for employers with up to five migrant workers. High for those employing over five migrant workers.  

The further category applies to franchise and triangular third party employment arrangements.


Three distinct process stages under AEWV 

The first stage is the AEWV employer accreditation will become known as the employer check after which the employer will need to undertake the job check, the second stage for approval to retain or recruit migrant staff.  The third stage, worker check, is when the migrant worker is finally able to apply for the work visa.


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