• Accreditation applications opened on 23 May 2022, Job Check applications opened on 20 June 2022 and work visa applications opened on 4 July 2022.
  • As at 17 April 2024 Immigration New Zealand (INZ) has approved 117,929 AEWV applications, and there are 34,624 accredited employers.
  • On 7 April 2024, changes were announced to the Accredited Employer Work Visa scheme.

    These include:
  • Introducing an English language requirement for migrants applying for low skilled ANZSCO level 4 and 5 roles.
  • A minimum skills and work experience threshold for most AEWV roles.
  • For roles that fall into the ANZSCO level 4 and 5, employers will need to engage with Work and Income before approval to bring in migrants will be granted.
  • Reducing the maximum continuous stay for most ANZSCO level 4 and 5 roles from 5 years to 3 years.
  • Disestablishing the franchisee accreditation category and for these businesses to apply to bring in workers from overseas through the standard, high-volume, or triangular employment accreditation.

Please refer to the – Accredited Employer Work Visa (AEWV) | Immigration New Zealand