Information about Accredited Employer Work Visa

Apply for this temporary visa if you have a job offer from an accredited employer, the skills and qualifications for the job, and a link to the application form. Holding this visa means you can apply for the Straight to Residence Visa, or after 2 years in the role the Work to Residence or Highly Paid Residence Visa.

Overview

Overview

Length of stay

Up to 3 years


With this visa you can

  • Work in New Zealand for an accredited employer who has offered you at least 30 hours work a week.
  • Study for up to 3 months in any 12 month period, or do any study required as part of your employment.
  • In some cases, be eligible for a Straight to Residence Visa, or after 2 years in the role a Work to Residence or Highly Paid Residence Visa.
    Green List and highly paid skilled residence category visas

Things to note

  • Your visa will be valid for up to 3 years if you are paid at or above the New Zealand median wage of NZD $27.76 an hour, and for up to 2 years if you are paid below the median wage.
  • You can only support your dependent child's visitor or student visa if you earn at least NZD $43,322.76 each year.
  • This visa ties you to the employer who offered you the visa application for the length of your visa ⁠— if your situation changes you will need to vary the conditions of your visa or apply for a new visa.
Criteria

Meeting the criteria

The criteria and evidence below will provide you with the information you need to meet the requirements.

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Identity

You must provide proof of your identity

Acceptable photos

You must upload a copy of your passport when you apply. We will let you know if you need to send your passport after you have applied.

Sending your passport for online applications

Your passport must be valid for at least 3 months after you plan to leave New Zealand.

Also provide your Kartu Keluarga.

If you’re not a French national, also provide a copy of your carte d’assuré.

Also provide a copy of your livret de famille.

If you are a Filipino citizen departing the Philippines, your passport must also be valid for 6 months beyond your intended date of departure due to the exit requirements in the Phillippines.

If you are a citizen of China and you submit a paper application form in China, you must also complete a supplementary form.

Supplementary form for Chinese citizens (INZ 1027) PDF 338KB

If you are submitting a paper application form, you must provide a supplementary form for Hong Kong and Macao visitors, workers and students.

Supplementary form for Hong Kong and Macao visitors, workers and students (INZ 1220) PDF 240KB

Also provide a copy of your Identity card.

Also provide your:

  • Hukou (household registration book)
  • Chinese identity card.

Character

You must be of good character

You may need to provide police certificates as proof of your good character.

If you are aged 17 or older and plan to stay in New Zealand for more than 24 months (including any time you have already spent in New Zealand), you must provide police certificates from:

  • any country you are a citizen of
  • any country you have spent more than 5 years in since you turned 17.

You do not need to provide police certificates if:

  • you have provided them to us with an earlier visa application, and
  • they were issued in the previous 24 months.

Good character

How to get a police certificate

If you provide a police certificate that is not in English, you must provide an English translation.

This includes police certificates that record no convictions.

The acceptable character certificate for the Philippines is the NBI clearance.

Health

You must be in good health

After you submit your application we will check any medical information you have previously submitted and contact you if we need new medical information.

You must provide a chest x-ray completed in the last 3 months, even if you've provided one to us previously, if:

  • you have spent 6 consecutive months in China since the last x-ray certificate was issued, and
  • you are now coming to NZ for more than 6 months.

New Zealand job offer

You must have an offer of full-time work from an accredited employer

Your job offer must be:

  • current at the time you apply for your visa
  • for at least 30 hours of work a week
  • from an employer who is accredited to hire migrants for the Accredited Employer Work Visa and has an approved job check for your role.

The accreditation process

In your visa application you must include:

  • a copy of the employment agreement and job description
  • a signed copy of the job offer.

The employment agreement must include:

  • your employer’s name, address and phone number
  • your name and address
  • your job title
  • the address for your place of work
  • the kind of work you will be doing and your responsibilities at work
  • details of any necessary qualifications or work experience
  • information about whether you need New Zealand registration to do the work
  • what hours you will work and how long the work will be for
  • how long you have to take up the job offer
  • pay and work conditions that comply with New Zealand employment law.

Your employment agreement must be with an accredited employer who has a history of compliance with immigration and employment law.

List of non-compliant employers | Employment New Zealand

Job offer scams are common in India and South Asia, please ensure your job offer is genuine.

How to determine how realistic the job offer is

Your employer must pay you at least the New Zealand median wage unless your job is on an exemption list.

Roles exempt from the AEWV median wage threshold

Your job offer cannot be for:

  • work planting, maintaining, harvesting or packing crops in the horticulture or viticulture industries
  • foreign crew of fishing vessels, or
  • self-employed work.

Availability of New Zealanders

There must be no New Zealanders available to do the work you have been offered

Your employer will normally need to advertise the role, and show us evidence they have advertised and not found suitable New Zealanders as part of their job check, before we will let them offer the job to someone outside New Zealand.

They only do not need to advertise if your role is on the Green List and you meet the qualifications and experience listed for your role.

Green List roles

Qualifications and experience

You must be qualified to do the work you have been offered

You need to show that you meet the skills, qualifications, work experience and other requirements of the job you have been offered. Evidence of qualifications can include:

  • original or certified copies of your qualifications
  • evidence the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) recognises your qualification.

Evidence of experience can include documents that show:

  • the work that you did
  • the dates you did the work
  • how many hours a week you worked (on average)
  • the contact details for your employer or employers
  • how your work experience relates to the work you’ve been offered in New Zealand.
Note

If you are a chef you must have a certificate at NZQF Level 4 or higher, which includes the credit and knowledge requirements of a New Zealand Certificate in Cookery (Level 4). You must get an International Qualification Assessment (IQA) to show that your qualification is the same level as a New Zealand one.

Apply for an IQA | NZQA wesbite

 

You can check the specific qualifications and experience you need by searching for your occupation using the INZ view of ANZSCO.

INZ view of ANZSCO | Statistics New Zealand

If you need to provide evidence of relevant work experience in Eastern Europe, you should provide a copy of your official workbook from that country.

If you need to provide evidence of work experience in a European country but are not a citizen of a Schengen member state, you should provide evidence of your right to work in that country.

Evidence of your right to work is a copy of your Schengen visa for the time you were working.

Evidence of work experience includes employment certificates, employment contracts, payslips, Social Security System (SSS) records, PhilHealth records and income tax returns (with receipts).

Employment certificates should be on the employer’s official letterhead and include the company’s contact details. A CV/resume is not sufficient.

Certificates of employment must be complete and be independently verifiable. The certificate must indicate as a minimum: the positions you held, the periods of your employment, your employer’s address and contact details

If you have worked overseas, you should provide a copy of your work visa and POEA Overseas Employment Certificate (OEC)/e-Receipt and a copy your job descriptions.

If you are a citizen of Brazil you should provide your work book as evidence of your work experience.

Occupational registration

You may need New Zealand registration

If registration is required to work in your occupation in New Zealand, you must provide either:

  • a certified copy of your full or provisional New Zealand registration
  • confirmation from the appropriate registration body that you’re eligible for New Zealand registration.

Occupational registration

Not have a stand-down period

You must not currently need to spend 12 months in a row outside New Zealand as part of a stand-down period

If you have been working in New Zealand in a role that pays below the median wage on an accredited employer work visa, after 2 years you will need to leave New Zealand for 12 months in a row before you can get another visa for work paid below the median wage.

Roles that can be paid less than the median wage on Accredited Employer Work visas are on the exemption list.

Roles exempt from the AEWV median wage threshold

Process

Process

The information below will help you understand the process so you can plan ahead and have the best chance of submitting a complete application.

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Fees & receiving centre

Fees & receiving centre

The information below will help you understand the process, timeframes and costs involved in applying for this visa, so you can plan ahead and have the best chance of submitting a complete application.

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Conditions

Conditions

These are the conditions that you must meet once you have your visa.

Entry permission

You must apply for entry permission when you arrive in New Zealand. You can do this by completing an arrival card, which you are given on the way to New Zealand.

Arriving in New Zealand

You can be refused entry permission if:

  • you don’t meet our character requirements
  • your circumstances have changed since you were granted a visa
  • you refuse to let us to take your photo, or provide us with your fingerprints or an iris scan, if we ask you for them.

Travel

If you want to travel in and out of New Zealand, you must have valid multiple entry travel conditions to return to New Zealand.

Varying the conditions of a work visa

If applying from inside New Zealand, we will normally give multiple entry travel conditions when we grant a student visa.

If there are no multiple entry travel conditions and you leave New Zealand the visa will expire.

The travel conditions will be listed on the visa label or in a visa letter.

Work

You may work only in the specific occupation, for the employer and in the location specified on your visa.

To be accredited your employer has committed to:

  • give you specific work-related settlement information and support
  • allow you time to complete study modules about working in New Zealand
  • not pass on their accreditation, recruitment or operational costs to you, and
  • comply with New Zealand employment and immigration laws.

Migrant workers have the same rights as New Zealand workers. If you think your employer is mistreating you or your workplace is unsafe, report them. Reporting them will not affect your visa.

Your employer's commitments to hire you on an AEWV

They must also pay you at least the New Zealand median wage unless your occupation is on an exemption list.

Roles exempt from the AEWV median wage threshold

Study

You can study for up to 3 months in any 12-month period.

You may be able to do other study if it is required by your employer as part of your employment. Your employer must pay for any work-related study you need to do.

Visa expiry

You must leave New Zealand before your visa expires.

You can stay for up to 3 years if you are paid at or above the median wage and for 2 years if you are paid below the median wage. If you are paid below the median wage you need to leave New Zealand for 12 months in a row before you can apply for a further AEWV.

If your role is on the Green List you can fast-track to residence or apply for residence after 2 years working in this role in New Zealand.

Green List occupations

If you are currently paid below the median wage you may qualify for the 2021 Resident Visa if you meet the scarce or settled criteria.

2021 Resident Visa