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What is the Accredited Employer Work Visa?

Under the new Accredited Employer Work Visa (AEWV) system, employers must follow the new 3-step system for hiring migrant workers.

Immigration New Zealand (INZ) has created the AEWV system to simplify the visa application process for accredited employers, as the new Accredited Employer Work Visa replaces 6 of the former temporary work visas. The changes to the employment immigration process will not only streamline the visa process for employers but also give migrants more certainty when arriving in New Zealand. This also aims to reduce the misuse of the immigration system and the mistreatment or exploitation of migrant workers.

Employer Accreditation is now the first step in INZ’s 3-step process for employing migrant workers in a shift to create a more employer-led immigration system. All employers or migrant workers must hold the compulsory accreditation issued by INZ to support migrants on the new Accredited Employer Work Visa.

The 3 Step System


Gain accreditation as a genuine, viable business that is compliant with NZ immigration law, employment and business standards.
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Step 01

Job Check

Undertake a job check to prove a genuine skill or labour shortage exists and ensure that the job meets the requirements of an AEWV.
Learn more about the Job Check
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Step 02

Migrant Check/Visa Application

The migrant must show they meet INZ’s character, identity, and health requirements, and hold the skills and experience stipulated in the job check.
Visa applications managed by CC Immigration
Step 03

When to apply for accreditation?

Employers only need to apply for accreditation when they intend to hire new migrant workers, or renew their existing migrant visas, under AEWV. You cannot support any AEWV applications if you do not hold a current accreditation. If you are looking to become accredited and employ migrant staff, talk to the team at CC Recruitment and we’ll guide you smoothly through the whole process.

Temporary work visas not affected

  • Recognised Seasonal Employer (RSE) Limited Visa
  • Working Holiday Visa
  • Post-study Work Visa
  • Fishing Crew Work Visa
  • Religious Worker Work Visa
  • Specific Purpose Work Visa
  • Partnership Visas 

Are you an employer looking to get your AEWV underway?

Our team of experts are here to see you right through the entire AEWV process. We’ll handle it all so you can avoid the hassle and keep doing what you do best. Still got questions? We’ve got the answers.

Fill out our contact form and one of our team will be in touch with you to see you through the AEWV process and ensure you are ready to hire workers on the new Accredited Employer Work Visa.