Steps to employer accreditation

You must be accredited to hire migrants on the Accredited Employer Work Visa (AEWV).

AEWV application process

The Accredited Employer Work Visa application process will be employer led. Before hiring a migrant on the AEWV employers will need to gain employer accreditation.

The accreditation must be held by the entity named as the employer on the migrant’s employment agreement.


The Government has deferred the introduction of the AEWV, which was due to come into effect on 1 November 2021, until mid-2022. We will update this webpage when the Government confirms a new introduction date.

Standard and high-volume accreditation

The accreditation levels are:

  • standard accreditation — for employers who want to have up to 5 migrant workers on AEWVs at any one time
  • high-volume accreditation — for employers who want to have 6 or more migrant workers on AEWVs at any one time.

Franchisees and employers wanting to place migrants on AEWVs with controlling third parties (including labour hire companies) will need to meet additional criteria to get accredited.

We will provide further definition on which business models must meet these requirements before the AEWV is introduced.

Criteria for standard accreditation

To gain standard accreditation you must not be on a non-compliant stand-down list — a list of employers who have breached minimum employment standards.

You must also be a genuinely operating business, comply with immigration standards, and take steps to minimise the risk of worker exploitation.

Criteria for high-volume accreditation

High-volume employers must meet all the standard requirements, and commit to improving pay and employment conditions over time.

Standard and high-volume accreditation fact sheet PDF 413KB

Application process

You will need a New Zealand Business Number (NZBN) so we can link your business information with the new platform.

The system will guide you to provide all the information we need. You will need to pay the fee for Employer Accreditation.

We will retain information you supply for use when you are applying for renewed accreditation.

When you are approved you will receive accreditation for 12 months. At renewal, franchisees and employers that want to place migrants on AEWVs with controlling third parties (including labour hire companies) will be granted accreditation for a further 12 months, and all other employers will be granted accreditation for 24 months.