New “3-check” Work Visa policy – Old Work Visa streams replaced by the new Accredited Employer Work Visa (AEWV)
The Government is introducing a new temporary work visa called the Accredited Employer Work Visa (AEWV). The Accredited Employer Work Visa will be introduced on 1 November 2021 and will replace six of the existing
temporary work visa categories.
The system will require 3 checks before an employer can hire a migrant worker.
1. Every employer need accreditation*
2. The job check
3. The migrant worker check.
There are two types:
* employers can apply for accreditation from late September.
The Job Check
Employers will pay for this and they can only hire a migrant worker if the job check has been passed. The job check will confirm the job pays the market rate, the terms and conditions comply with New Zealand employment laws, and the employer has done a labour market test if required.
Migrant worker check
This is the last step in the new AEWV process and can be paid for by the migrant or employer. In this step, the migrant must show that they meet all visa requirements, including having the skills and experience as stipulated by the empoloyer in the employer’s job check application.
These changes were originally signalled by INZ some 18 months ago and will have a number of impacts on employers and their migrant workers.
If you or someone you know is planning to apply for a new employer-assisted work visa in the near future, please contact our team to explore your options before the new employer-led visa application process kicks in.