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 visa application form.

Length of stay
Up to

5 years

Cost
From
NZD $750
Processing time
80% within
7 weeks
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.
  • If you are eligible, apply for a Straight to Residence Visa, Work to Residence Visa, Care Workforce or Transport Work to Residence Visa.
  • If you are eligible, use skilled work experience in New Zealand to claim points towards the Skilled Migrant Category Resident Visa.
  • New Zealand skilled residence pathways
Things to note

What you need to apply

Check if you are eligible to apply for this visa and what supporting documents and information you need to provide.

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Prove your identity by providing:

Acceptable photos for a visa or NZeTA

After you apply, we let you know if we need to see your original passport.

Providing your passport for online applications

Tips

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

You must also provide your Kartu Keluarga.

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

You must also provide a copy of your livret de famille.

If you are a Filipino citizen leaving the Philippines, your passport must be valid for 6 months after the date you plan to leave. This is a departure requirement in the Philippines.

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.

If you have a criminal conviction or are a security risk to New Zealand we may not be able to grant you a visa.

Good character for temporary visas

You must provide police certificates if your total time in New Zealand will be 24 months or longer across all visits. This includes any time you have spent in New Zealand in the past on other visas, even if you have been out of the country since then.

You also must provide police certificates if we ask for them.

If you are 16 years old or younger you do not need to provide police certificates.

Providing police certificates

How to get a police certificate

If you have already sent us Police Certificates with a previous visa application and they are less than 24 months old, you do not need to send them again.

Police certificates must be less than 6 months old when you submit your application. They must be from any country you are a citizen of, or have spent more than 5 years in since you turned 17.

Tips

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.

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

Tips

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.

When we decide if your intentions are genuine, we consider all the information:

  • you provide to support your application
  • we have about your personal circumstances, and
  • you provided in any previous applications.

Genuine intentions to visit, study or work in NZ

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.

Check if an employer is accredited

List of non-compliant employers | Employment New Zealand

Tips

Job offer scams are common in India and South Asia, 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.

AEWV roles exempt from paying the median wage

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.

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

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.

Check if you need to apply for an International Qualification Assessment

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. 
Tips

You can check the specific qualifications and experience for your role 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 or resume is not sufficient.

Certificates of employment must be complete and 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 Overseas Employment Certificate (OEC) issued by the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) or an e-Receipt and copies of your job descriptions.

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

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

On 27 November 2023, we introduced a maximum continuous stay for everyone with an AEWV. If you reach your maximum continuous stay, you must spend the required time outside New Zealand for your role before you are eligible for a further AEWV.

There is also a longer maximum visa length. If you have an existing AEWV and you are eligible for a further AEWV, you may be able to apply for your visa balance.

Maximum continuous stay and longer visa length for the AEWV

Process and costs

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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How to submit

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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 a paper arrival card or a digital traveller declaration. If you are completing a paper arrival card you will be given this on the way to New Zealand.

New Zealand Customs and Biosecurity also check that you meet their entry requirements.

Arriving in New Zealand

Notes

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

Notes

If applying from inside New Zealand, we will normally give multiple entry travel conditions when we grant a 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. If these conditions change, you must apply to vary the conditions of your visa or apply for a Job Change. You cannot work a second job while on an AEWV.

Changing the conditions of a work visa or applying for a Job Change

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.

AEWV roles exempt from paying the median wage

Study

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

Notes

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.

Notes

You can stay for up to 5 years on this visa if you are paid at or above the median wage.

If your role is on the Green List, or one paying you twice the median wage, you may be eligible to apply now for the Straight to Residence, or after 2 years in the role a Work to Residence, Care Workforce or Transport Work to Residence visa.

New Zealand skilled residence pathways

If you are paid below the median wage you may be affected by a stand down period. This means you will need to leave New Zealand before you can apply for another AEWV paid below median wage. When your visa expires you can move onto another visa type or onto another AEWV paid at the median wage or higher. However, any further time spent in New Zealand will not count towards the stand down period.

AEWV roles exempt from paying the median wage