Accredited Employer Work Visa

The Accredited Employer work visa (AEWV) is the main temporary work visa in New Zealand. It is an employer-led scheme with three separate application stages.

  • Step 1- Employer Accreditation

  • Step 2- Job Check

  • Step 3- Migrant Check

To support a migrant for an AEWV an employer must be accredited and have an approved job check. Only once these two stages have been completed can a migrant apply for an AEWV.


Step 1- Employer Accreditation

There are four different types of accreditation:

  • Standard Accreditation: is for businesses hiring up to 5 migrants.

  • High Volume Accreditation: is for businesses hiring more than 6 migrants.

  • Franchisee Accreditation: is for business which are part of a franchise.

  • Controlling Third Party Accreditation: is for businesses (like Tradestaff) who place employees with third parties.

Accreditation is initially granted for a duration of 12 months and the fee is dependent on what type of accreditation you apply for.

To be eligible for accreditation a business or organisation must be viable, and genuinely operating, and commit to meeting certain obligations as an AEWV employer. During the application process the business may need to show evidence that it meets these requirements.


Step 2- Job Check

The emphasis is on an accredited employer to complete a labour market test to demonstrate that there are no New Zealand citizens or residents who are available for the position on offer. A role must be advertised if it is paid at less than twice the median wage or is not on the Green List.

Once a job check is approved, a job token is issued to the employer which can be passed onto the migrant worker to use to apply for an Accredited Employer Work Visa (AEWV).


Step 3- Accredited Employer Work Visa

This is the final step. Once a migrant has been issued a job token and has a confirmed job offer, they must complete an application and show evidence of their good health and character, that they are suitably qualified by skills and experience to do the work on offer and may have to demonstrate they are a bona fide applicant.


Immigration policy and regulations are complicated and subject to change without warning.

Tradestaff's experienced immigration expert is ready to assist you to navigate the complexities of the accreditation requirements and the migrant hiring process.

Making mistakes with the application process could lead to delays and declines. Let us help you get it right the first time. Using the services of a professional can save your business stress, time, and money.

Book an appointment today with our trusted Licensed Immigration Adviser.