Accredited Employer Work Visa

If you want to hire migrants on an Accredited Employer Work Visa, you need to be accredited and complete a Job Check.

What an employer needs to do

Apply for employer accreditation

You can apply for 1 of 4 different levels of accreditation.

  • Standard accreditation is for standard businesses hiring up to 5 migrants.
  • High-volume accreditation is for standard businesses hiring 6 or more migrants.
  • Franchisee accreditation is for businesses that are part of a franchise. There is no limit to how many migrants you can hire.
  • Controlling third party accreditation is for businesses who place migrants with third parties while being the direct employer named in the employment agreement. There is no limit to how many migrants you can hire.

You will pay a fee depending on the type of accreditation you need.

You need to have:

  • an NZBN unless you are a foreign diplomatic mission
  • a business IRD number.

We estimate it will take 10 working days to process complete standard and high-volume applications from compliant employers.

Check what you need and apply

Advertise the role

Before you can apply for a Job Check you may need to advertise to check there are no New Zealand citizens or residents available for the job.

This is a way of giving suitable New Zealanders the chance to apply for work before it is offered to someone from overseas, and making sure employers offer attractive wages to New Zealanders.

You must list the job for at least 2 weeks on a national listing website or channel where suitable New Zealanders are likely to apply, and meet other advertising requirements. Advertising must take place within the 90 days before you submit an application.

You will not need to give evidence of advertising if the job:

  • pays at least twice the NZ median wage, or
  • is an occupation on the Green List.

Check the Green List

Median wage comparison calculator

What you need to include in the job ad

The job ad needs to show:

  • the job description
  • minimum and maximum pay
  • location
  • minimum hours of work
  • estimated actual earnings if the job pays by piece, commission or there are other rates or bonuses
  • minimum skills, experience and qualifications for the role
  • a pay range that is at least the market rate for that role, and
  • that you pay at least the NZ median wage of NZD $29.66 an hour, unless the role is on an exemption list.

We will ask you to upload a copy of the job ad and tell us the dates you advertised and the channels you used in the Job Check application.

Roles exempt from the AEWV median wage threshold

Job advertisement guide for accredited employers PDF 744KB

Apply for a Job Check

Once you have accreditation you must apply for a Job Check.

You need to include:

  • a job description
  • an employment agreement
  • the results of any advertising you had to do.

Job Checks are valid for 6 months or until you no longer have accreditation.

We estimate it will take 10 working days to process complete Job Check applications from compliant employers.

How to apply for a Job Check

Ask the migrant to apply

Once the Job Check is approved, you can ask the migrant to apply for their visa.

You must give them a copy of the employment agreement and a copy of the signed employment offer.

The required experience and qualifications for the job you offer them must match the approved Job Check.

You must send the migrant a request to apply from your Immigration Online dashboard. This sends an email to the migrant with a unique link also known as a job token. The migrant must open the link and accept the request before they can begin their application.

If their visa is approved the migrant can work in the job under the terms of their visa.

We estimate it will take 20 working days to process a complete visa application.

Accredited Employer Work Visa

Learn more about the accreditation process on our website.

The accreditation process