How to apply for a Job Check

After you are accredited to employ workers on an Accredited Employer Work Visa (AEWV), gather information about the roles you want to fill and apply online for a Job Check.

Apply online

Our checklist for employers can help you prepare your application.

Applying for a job check: Checklist for employers

If you have everything you need to apply, start your application.
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After you log in, go to the Immigration Online dashboard to start your application.

To start a new Job Check:

  • select the Employ migrants tab
  • go to the My granted accreditations section
  • select View accreditation from the Options dropdown list
  • select Request a job check to start your application.

 Information you need before you apply

Before you start an application you need to have:

  • accreditation to hire on the Accredited Employer Work Visa (AEWV)
  • the job title and location of the work
  • an acceptable job offer, job description and employment agreement
  • evidence you advertised the job — but only if it pays less than twice the median wage or is not on the Green List
  • the Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO) code that best matches the job you are offering based on the INZ view of ANZSCO.

Green list roles

 INZ view of ANZSCO | Statistics New Zealand

You pay a fee for a Job Check when you submit your application.

Paying for AEWV employer accreditation and Job Checks

Uploading documents

You need to upload:

  • the job description
  • the employment agreement
  • evidence you advertised, if you needed to.

What makes an acceptable job offer

The job you offer must fulfil the requirements for an AEWV. It must:

  • be for at least 30 hours a week
  • pay the market rate and at least the New Zealand median wage of NZD $27.76 an hour, unless it is on an exemption list.
Note

We will continue to use NZD $27.76 an hour as the median wage until 27 February 2023. From 27 February 2023 we will use NZD $29.66, unless your role is exempt.

New median wage to apply from February 2023

AEWV roles exempt from paying the median wage

How we calculate pay rates for the AEWV

Median wage comparison calculator

Preparing an acceptable employment agreement

Prepare an unsigned draft contract for the job you are offering. It needs to have you named as the direct employer, and include all clauses required by employment law and exclude clauses that do not comply.

Things an employment agreement must contain | Employment New Zealand

 It must also record information about pay and hours, including:

  • paid leave entitlements
  • deductions, benefits or allowances
  • the maximum number of hours the employee may be asked to work before being paid additional overtime rates
  • wages and the pay period
  • the overtime rate of pay
  • guaranteed hours and actual pay
  • the number of hours the employee may be asked to work, including any hours paid at overtime rates.

 Deductions | Employment New Zealand

Note

You can still negotiate pay and hours with the worker, as long as the actual hours are within the range provided in your Job Check. The information you provide helps us check the guaranteed pay rate if we need to.

The Job Check checklist has a list of information to include in your employment agreement.

 Including multiple roles in one Job Check

You can include multiple roles as long as:

  • the job details are the same ⁠— for example, they all have the same occupation, pay, location and minimum requirements
  • they are covered by the same advertising and employment agreement.

If the location, job title or terms of work vary you need a separate Job Check for each role.

Providing evidence you have advertised

This evidence needs to show that you advertised for at least 2 weeks on a national job listing website where suitable New Zealanders are likely to apply, or another advertising channel more likely to attract New Zealanders. The Job Check checklist includes examples of suitable evidence.

You must advertise within 90 days of submitting your application for a Job Check.

You also need to include a copy of the job ad that shows:

  • the job description
  • the minimum and maximum pay
  • the location
  • minimum hours of work
  • estimated actual earnings if the job pays by piece, commission or there are other rates or bonuses
  • the minimum skills, experience and qualifications for the role.

Job advertisement guide for accredited employers PDF 564KB

 Using a recruitment agency

If you use a recruitment agency and your business name is not specified in the advertisement, we may ask you for evidence to show it is linked to the role included in your Job Check application.

Note

When you apply for a Job Check you must confirm that you will not pass on any recruitment costs to job applicants. 

After your Job Check is approved

We send you an email confirming your job check has been approved. Log in to Immigration Online to view your approved jobs.

Note

You must hire someone within 6 months of approval being granted. After that time your approval expires or is cancelled.

Inviting a migrant worker to apply

To ask a suitably skilled migrant to apply for an AEWV, log in to Immigration Online and then :

  • go to your Approved jobs — these are listed in the 'Approved jobs' section on the Accredited organisation, Accreditation certificate and Job Check summary pages
  • select Send request from the Options drop-down list
  • enter the migrant's full name and email address
  • select Submit.

This sends an email asking the migrant to select a unique link to accept the request.

If multiple jobs are approved for the same Job Check, each job will show in your Approved jobs. You must send a new request for each individual job.

After a migrant worker has accepted your request they can log in to Immigration Online and apply for an AEWV. Their application will inherit some information from the approved Job Check.

Note

You must give the visa applicant a copy of their employment agreement and a copy of the signed employment offer before they begin their application.

If the worker declines your request

You can resend a request to another suitable applicant if the worker you invite declines the job or does not meet the visa requirements. You do not need to redo the Job Check unless it has expired.

You cannot resend the request if it has already been used to approve a work visa.

You can still offer the job to a New Zealander if you cannot find a migrant.

If we decline an AEWV application

If we have declined an AEWV application but the applicant is eligible to have their application reconsidered, you cannot use the same approved job to support another AEWV application until:

  • we have reconsidered the application and made a decision, or
  • you tell us you have withdrawn your offer of employment from the applicant.

Withdrawing an offer of employment

If you tell us you have withdrawn the employment offer from an AEWV applicant, and the AEWV application has not been decided, you can re-use the approved job to support another AEWV application.

When a worker’s visa is nearing expiry

You cannot continue to employ a worker if:

  • the job you are offering pays below the median wage, and
  • the worker’s visa expires after 2 years.

They must leave New Zealand for 12 consecutive months before they can apply for another visa.

Median wage comparison calculator

If you want to continue to employ a AEWV worker on an AEWV, you may need to apply for another Job Check, including advertising for suitable New Zealand workers first. We may complete inspections, either desk-based or through site visits, to confirm you are meeting your obligations as an AEWV employer.

Note

If you have standard employer accreditation, check you have enough quota to continue employing them.

When workers can apply for residence

Some occupations on the Green List let workers on an AEWV apply for residence immediately. Other occupations on the list and jobs paying twice the median wage, let them apply after 2 years.

Green list roles

Getting help to apply

Our employer line is open between 08:00 and 18:00, Monday to Friday.

Freephone from NZ landlines: 0508 967 569