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New Zealand- Accredited Employer Work Visa

You can apply for the Accredited Employer Work Visa by presenting a job offer from an accredited employer, along with the necessary skills and qualifications. This temporary visa permits a stay in Australia for up to five years.

Notably, this particular visa has replaced the old Essential Skills Work Visa, which was closed for new applications on July 4, 2022. You may access and fill the relevant visa application form and embark on a streamlined process for temporary work authorization in Australia.

Benefits of This visa
  • Employment with an accredited New Zealand employer providing a minimum of 30 weekly work hours.
  • Engage in studies for a maximum of three months within a 12-month span or pursue studies mandated by your employment.
  • For those meeting the criteria, seek applications for visas such as Straight to Residence, Work to Residence, Care Workforce, or Transport Work to Residence.
  • Utilize eligible skilled work experience in New Zealand to accrue points for the Skilled Migrant Category Resident Visa, if applicable.
Key Things to note
  • Effective November 27, 2023, Immigration NZ have implemented changes, introducing a maximum continuous stay and extending the maximum visa duration. If your hourly wage is at least the median of NZD $29.66, your visa may now be valid for up to 5 years. Existing AEWV holders may apply to extend their visa balance.
  • This visa maintains an association with the employer who initiated your visa application for its duration. In the event of changes to your circumstances, you must request to modify your visa conditions, apply for a Job Change, or initiate a new visa application.
  • You might qualify to sponsor a work visa for your partner and visitor or student visas for your dependent children. However, supporting your dependent child's visitor or student visa requires an annual income of at least NZD $43,322.76.

Key requirements to apply for this visa

  • You must provide proof of identity
  • You must be of good character
  • You must be in good health
  • You must have an offer of full time work from accredited employer
What is the Cost of this visa

The cost of this visa starts from NZD $750

Processing time

About 80% of applications are currently completed within 7 weeks.

The processing of applications for the Accredited Employer Work Visa (AEWV) is currently experiencing delays beyond the usual timeframe. Efforts are underway to enhance and expedite this process.

Process to apply

A certified employer, having obtained approval to engage a migrant for the specified position, can extend a job offer to you and subsequently invite you to apply for the Accredited Employer Work Visa. They need to give you:

  • a job offer
  • a job description, and
  • an employment agreement for the role you are applying for under this visa.

Submit your application online by utilizing the link provided in the email. Upload the necessary documents and make the required payments. Immigration NZ offers resources to assist you throughout the application process.

To apply for immigration to New Zealand on Study, Visit or Skilled migration Category visa, you may get in touch with Visas Avenue immigration expert on Toll-Free No. 78-18-000-777 or you can drop us an e-mail at


Visas Avenue does not offer consultancy on overseas jobs/work permits/international or domestic placements, etc. We are primarily an immigration advisory company that offers consultation for worldwide immigration options. We are not associated with any government authority or department of immigration.

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