AEWV holders can apply to vary their employer, job, and location, under the Job Change application process. This allows AEWV migrants greater certainty, including if they lose their job. 

The requirements to meet the minimum standard of English language and minimum skills threshold do not apply to Job Change applications.

AEWV holders whose visa is based on a type of employment that allows a five-year visa may not be granted a variation of conditions to work in a role allowing a two-year visa, unless they:

  • were paid at or above the median wage ($29.66) and their application for an Accredited Employer work visa was submitted on or before 6 April 2024; and
  • are in an ANZSCO skill level 4-5 occupation.

Changing the conditions of a work visa or applying for a Job Change | Immigration New Zealand

Application for a Job Change or a variation of conditions for work visa holders | Immigration New Zealand