Are you a New Zealand employer facing staff shortages and wish to employ migrant workers under the Accredited Employer Work Visa policy? If so, find out how to employ migrant workers, what type of accredition you need and requirements to get accredited, complete job check and work visa application. Conntact us if you wish to become an Accredited Employer and apply for Job Check.


Under the Accredited Employer Work Visa (AEWV), employing skilled migrant worker involves 3 steps as under:

  • Employer must be an Accredited Employer; and
  • Employer must complete Job Check for job offered; and
  • Employee then applies for the Accredited Employer Work Visa.


Types of Accreditation

The type of employer accreditation required depends upon whether you are a:

  • Standard Employer (hiring up to 5 skilled migrant workers); or
  • High Volume Employer (hiring 6 or more skilled migrant workers); or
  • Franchisee (No limit on number of skilled migrant workers); or
  • Controlling third party placing migrants with third parties while being the direct employer (No limit on number of skilled migrant workers).


  • Employers must have a viable and genuine business, i.e.
    • Not made a loss in the last 2 years; or
    • Have positive cash flow in each of the last 6 months; or
    • Have capital or investments for business to remain viable; or
    • Have a 2-year plan to ensure business remains viable.
  • Employers must have New Zealand Business Number (NZBN) and New Zealand IRD Number;
  • Provide full name, passport number and date of birth of key people connected with the recruitment process;
  • Declare that the company, employer and those running the company are all compliant with Employment Law and Immigration Law;
  • Commit that everyone connected with the recruitment process will complete online Employment Modules on Employment Rights once within each accreditation period;
  • Commit to providing migrant workers information about working and living in New Zealand and community services in migrant's local area;
  • Commit to pay all recruitment related costs and not pass them on to the migrants.
  • Commit to allow the migrant worker time during paid work hours to complete the Employee Module within one month from start of employment

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JOB CHECK for Accredited Employer Work Visa

Accredited employers then apply for Job Check and and provide the following:

  • An acceptable Job Offer, i.e. the job
    • is for at least 30 hours a week; and
    • pays market rate; and
    • pays at least the median wage (NZ $29.66 as of Feb. 2023) unless the job is on the Exempt List
  • Job Description and the ANZSCO Code for the job being offered;
  • Evidence of Advertisement in a leading national website or suitable channel for at least 15 days unless:
    • the job pays at least twice the median wage (NZ $55.52 per hour/NZ $115,481.60 per annum); or
    • the job is on the Green List
  • Draft of the proposed unsigned Employment Agreement.


Upon approval of Job Check application, employers will be issued Job Token for each job. Job token is valid for one-time use only and is unique for each job and cannot be re-used.

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This is the third and final stage of the AEWV process. Employer provides the Job Token to the proposed employee to apply for the Accredited Employer Work Visa (AEWV). For details refer to Accredited Employer Work Visa (AEWV) page.

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