Exciting updates to Accredited Employer Work Visas and Residence Pathways

21 August 2023

Some recent announcements from Immigration New Zealand will be great news for those looking to make the move to our beautiful shores.

Near record-breaking levels of people arriving and remaining in New Zealand for more than 12 months, show just how desirable the Kiwi lifestyle of work-life balance is.

In the last year, a net migration of 121,600 people have called
New Zealand their new home or are staying for a while, to work and experience Kiwi life.

You could be one of them and we can help make it happen!

Accredited Employer Work Visas (AEWV) extension:

From 27 November 2023, the maximum duration of an AEWV will increase from 3 years to 5 years, for applicants offered roles paying at or above the median wage ($29.66).
These five years can be on one AEWV or multiple AEWVs of shorter durations.
Only those on a recognised pathway to residence can apply for a further AEWV.

Important for those in New Zealand reaching the end of your AEWV, to discuss a pathway to residence with your Licensed Adviser or employer – to avoid having to leave
New Zealand and wait 12 months to re-enter.

Those with existing AEWVs can apply to extend their visa to 5 years. A new Job Check is not required, provided the role and employment conditions remain the same.
For roles paying less than the median wage, the maximum continuous allowed stay depends on the role.   

Want to check if you are eligible for residence?

Work to Residence Visa category – eligibility expansion:

Work to Residence is a two-year pathway to obtaining residence status in New Zealand.People working under the Care Workforce, Transport Sector Agreements and the Green List Work to Residence visa categories will soon have a pathway to residence if they work in New Zealand for two years and meet certain eligibility requirements
(depending on their occupation). 

Previously, Work to Residence was only available to those on an AEWV. 
These residence categories will open for applications on 29 September 2023.
What does this mean for current visa holders?All visa holders with work rights, will be able to claim work experience to count towards their two-year requirement, and some could even qualify for residence sooner!

Applicants must still meet the relevant median wage, or occupation-specific wage requirement at the start of their 24-month visa duration, and at the time of application. Some exceptions apply. 

Contact us to discuss your pathway to residency 

Our team of Licensed Immigration Advisers has a combined experience of more than 120 years! We can assist with any immigration matter, and provide options for your pathway to residency.

We keep you updated every step of the way.   
The team at Working In New Zealand.

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