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Accredited Employer Work Visa (New Zealand) – Deferred temporarily

Updated: Jul 17



Immigration New Zealand was planning to introduce Accredited Employers Work Visa (AEWV) by November 1, 2021, but decided to defer it to the middle of of the next year.


This is a single work visa that will be replacing six temporary work visas that exist currently to boost productivity by allowing entry to highly skilled and productive migrants.


The six work visas that will be replaced by Accredited Employer Work Visa (AEWV) are:

● Essential Skills Work Visa - approved in principle

● Essential Skills Work Visa

● Long Term Skill Shortage List Work Visa

● Silver Fern Practical Experience Visa

● Silver Fern Job Search Visa (closed 7 October 2017)

● Talent (Accredited Employer) Work Visa


How is the Accredited Employer Work Visa different?

In contrast to the current work visa process in New Zealand, AEWV will be led by an employer. It is basically introduced to improve the existing employer-based work visa applications and to meet the shortage of skilled migrants.


The 3-step visa application process

The reformed visa application process under the AEWV required one to fulfill three checks before hiring a migrant worker. These are:

● Employer Accreditation

● Job check to make sure the position can’t be filled by a New Zealander and it meets New Zealand employment laws.

● Migrant worker's visa application check


Significance of AEWV

The aim of this newly introduced visa is to mitigate the dependency on temporary migrants working for low pay. In addition, it focuses on simplifying the visa process for both employers and skilled migrants for high-paying jobs. This will ultimately support businesses and enhance their productivity.


Legislation and policy about immigration in New Zealand change quite often. Please make sure that you check the website of Immigration New Zealand for changes that may be applicable to you.


We at Fortune Immigration and Education helps applicants with visas and much more on immigration. Please contact us for more details.





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