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A recent change by Immigration New Zealand had come into effect on June 26th 2024.

Accredited Employer Work Visa changes on June 26th 2024.

Accredited Employer Work Visa Changes

People holding an AEWV (Accredited Employer Work Visa) in roles at Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO) levels 4 and 5 without a pathway to residency are no longer able to support work, visitor or student visa applications for their partners and dependent children.

Partners and dependent children will still be able to apply for a visa in their own right to come to New Zealand, such as an Accredited Employer Work Visa or an international Student Visa, provided they meet the requirements.

The government has made this change to align with the broader suite of changes to the AEWV scheme earlier this year, and returns the settings to similar ones under the previous Essential Skills Work Visa.

The change will not impact:

  • People that already hold visas as a partner or dependent child, or
  • AEWV holders working in ANZSCO level 4 and 5 roles with a pathway to residency, such as the Green List, sector agreements with residence pathways, and
  • Those earning at least 1.5 times the median wage threshold for the Skilled Migrant Category.

People who have an application as a partner or dependent child in progress will also not be affected. Those applications will be considered against the requirements that were in place on the date they applied.

How can Woburn help?

Woburn can guide you through the entire process to ensure you have the best chance of being granted a Work Visa. Woburn will:

  • Ensure you meet all minimum requirements to be granted a Work Visa.
  • Work with your employer to ensure that they are aware of the requirements they must meet to support your Visa application.
  • Advise on the best Work Visa type for your purpose in New Zealand and what documents (eg: police clearances, medicals etc) may be required.
  • Determine if your Work Visa will allow you to support your family on Visas.
  • Review your future pathways to residence that your employment in New Zealand might bring you.

Contact us

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Woburn International is New Zealand’s leading specialist in NZ immigration, skilled migrant placements, relocation, emigration, international remuneration and cultural awareness. Contact us to find out how we can help you move to New Zealand.

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