Accreditation for the AEWV

Employers can get accreditation to use the Accredited Employer Work Visa (AEWV) to hire migrants on visas for up to 3 years. You must pay at least the NZ median wage, unless the role is on an exemption list, and show that you cannot find suitable New Zealanders first.

Why we ask you to be accredited and do a job check

Why we ask you to be accredited and do a job check

Accreditation and the job check ensures you hire New Zealanders first before you consider migrants, and if you do hire migrants you are a viable business with good practices.

The accreditation process

The accreditation process

As an employer you must apply for AEWV accreditation, advertise if you need to, and get a job check to show there are no suitable New Zealanders for the job you want to fill.

Employer accreditation: check what you need and apply

Employer accreditation: check what you need and apply

Employers who want to be accredited and employ migrants under the Accredited Employer Work Visa need to meet criteria to show they are good employers for migrants. These criteria change depending on their business model.

Job check: check what you need and apply

Job check: check what you need and apply

As an employer you must be accredited and have advertised the role in New Zealand, if you need to, before applying for a job check.

Non-compliance, stand-down periods and permanent bans

Non-compliance, stand-down periods and permanent bans

To be accredited you and any key people in your organisation must be compliant with immigration and employment standards. If not you may be stood-down or permanently banned.

Settlement information for employers hiring workers on AEWVs

Settlement information for employers hiring workers on AEWVs

As an accredited employer you must provide information to help your workers on Accredited Employer Work Visas (AEWV) settle into their jobs and New Zealand.

Roles exempt from the AEWV median wage threshold

Roles exempt from the AEWV median wage threshold

If you want to hire migrants on the Accredited Employer Work Visa and the role is on this list you can pay less than the median wage.