Accredited Employer Work Visa – Q&A

For Employers previously accredited

Q: If we have been accredited under the previous system, do we have to apply for accreditation if we would like to hire migrants?
A: Yes, you must apply for accreditation.

For Employers to be newly accredited

Q: If we would like to hire migrants on work visa types, such as post-study work or working holiday visas, or migrants who do work covered by the Recognised Seasonal Employer (RSE) scheme, do we have to get accredited?
A: No, you don’t have to get accredited.

Q: When can we apply for accreditation?
A: From 23 May 2022.

Q: If we would like to hire 1 migrant worker, which type of accreditation should we apply?
A: Go for Standard accreditation if you want up to 5 migrant workers on AEWVs at any one time.

Q: If we would like to hire 6 or migrant workers, which type of accreditation should we apply?
A: Go for High-volume accreditation if you want 6 or more migrant workers on AEWVs at any one time.

Q: Can we upgrade from standard to high-volume accreditation?
A: Yes, you can pay a fee NZD 480 to upgrade.

Q: We do not hold a New Zealand Business Number (NZBN), are we eligible?
A: No, you must hold a New Zealand Business Number (NZBN).

Q: If we are not registered as an employer with the Inland Revenue Department, are we eligible?
A: No, you must be a viable and genuinely operating business or organisation which is registered as an employer with the Inland Revenue Department.

Q: If we are the general partnership or sole trader and we are bankrupt or subject to a No Asset Procedure, are we eligible?
A: No, you must not be bankrupt or subject to a No Asset Procedure.

Q: if we are the limited partnership and the general partners are bankrupt or subject to a No Asset
Procedure, are we eligible?
A: No, your general partners must not be bankrupt or subject to a No Asset Procedure.

Q: If we do not provide information about the local community and services such as accommodation and transportation options and employee work-related matters such as specific job or industry hazards to the employees, are we eligible?
A: No, you must provide the information.

Q: If we are currently be included on a list of non-compliant employers for breaches of employment standards, are we eligible?
A: No, you must comply with specific employment, immigration and business standards and not currently be included on the list.

Q: If we are subject to a stand-down period, are we eligible?
A: No, you must not currently be subject to a stand-down period. If you have previously been subject to a stand-down period for an immigration offences or have previously been convicted for immigration offences and the penalty was a fine, the issue must have been rectified and the employer must have taken sufficient steps to prevent it from happening again.

Q: If we or our key people are banned from acting as a director or have a pattern of immigration offences in other businesses, are we eligible?
A: No, you or your key people must not be banned from acting as a director or have a pattern of immigration offences in other businesses you or your key people have been involved in.

Q: How long will it take for accreditation processing?
A: The estimated processing timeframe for standard and high-volume accreditation is 10 working days, where the employer has a standard business model, no history of non-compliance and all information necessary to make a decision has been provided with the application.

Q: How long we can be accredited?
A: When you are approved for the first time you will receive employer accreditation for 12 months. Except franchisees and employers placing migrants on AEWVs with controlling third parties, all other employers will get accreditation for 24 months when they renew, providing their previous accreditation has not lapsed for 12 months or more.

Q: How can we maintain accreditation?
A: You must still meet the accreditation requirements. INZ may do check include requesting information or doing a site visit. You must provide information requested, and provide access for site visits. If you do not, your accreditation will be revoked.

Q: What if we are under investigation or being prosecuted for breaching accreditation requirements?
A: Your accreditation can be suspended, and you won’t be able to support any job check applications.

Q: What if our accreditation expires or is revoked?
A: Any migrants already working for you can continue working for you, but you cannot hire any more migrants on AEWVs.

Q: What if we have submitted an application to renew our accreditation and it has not been processed by the time our existing accreditation expires?
A: You may be granted interim accreditation valid for 3 months or until the subsequent application has been decided, whichever occurs first.

Job Check

Q: Once we are accredited, what is the next step?
A: You can apply for a job check for each job you want to hire a migrant worker for from 20 June 2022.

Q: How many job quota can we apply?
A: If you hold standard accreditation a job quota of up to 5 will apply. Each quota space is used when a job check is approved.

Q: What if the migrant in the job has their visa expire or cancelled, or the migrant is granted a variation of conditions to work for another employer?
A: The job quota space will become available again.

Q: What are the basic requirements for job check?
A: All jobs must pay the market rate and have terms and conditions that comply with New Zealand employment laws and standards. Other job check requirements will depend on the job’s pay rate and occupation.

Q: Do we have to advertise the job to New Zealanders?
A: Except highly paid jobs (at least 200% of the median wage), all other jobs must be advertised.

Q: What is the median wage?
A: Every job must pay at least the median wage. The median wage will increase from NZD $27.00 an hour to NZD $27.76 an hour on 4 July 2022, when the Accredited Employer Work Visa opens for applications. The median wage increase will apply to job checks submitted from 20 June 2022, when applications for the job check open.

Q: What are the advertising requirements?
A: It should be for a minimum of 2 weeks, show significant terms and conditions including the minimum and maximum pay rate, the minimum guaranteed hours of work, the location of the job, the estimated actual earnings as well as minimum qualifications, work experience, skills or other specifications necessary to do the job.

Q: If we hire multiple positions for the same job, can it be included in one job check?
A: Yes, it can be included in one job check if the job details are the same and are all covered by the same advertising (where required) and proposed employment agreement.

Q: How long will it take for job check processing?
A: 10 working days.

Q: How long can Job check last?
A: An approved job check is valid for 6 months or until you no longer hold accreditation, whichever is earlier.

For Migrants who look for a work visa

Q: If I am currently living and working in New Zealand on my current visa, do I have to apply for an AEWV?
A: No, you can continue to work under the conditions of your current visa until it expires or you no longer meet the conditions of the visa.

Q: What if my current visa expires and I wish to remain in New Zealand?
A: You will have to find a job paying at or above the median wage and your employer is accredited and has an approved job check. Once they have done these things, they can send you an invitation to apply for the AEWV.

Q: Do I have to provide the employment agreement?
A: Yes, your accredited employer must provide you with a copy of the employment agreement and a copy of the signed employment offer and this agreement must comply with New Zealand labour laws and clearly show you the location, pay and working conditions for the job.

Q: What if I am currently paid below the median wage and my current visa expires?
A: Your job must be paying at or above the median wage to apply for an AEWV. As the Government is considering whether there will be any exemptions to the median wage rule and whether additional restrictions should apply for a limited number of roles, and those will be further announced. On the other hand, some migrant workers who are currently paid below the median wage may qualify for the 2021 Resident Visa if they meet the scarce or settled criteria.

Q: Can I apply for AEWV if I am self-employed?
A: AEWV holder cannot be self-employed.

Q: What are the other requirements for AEWV?
A: You will need to show health, character, and skills and experience. If you have shown skills and experience previously, or through holding occupational registration, you won’t need to provide evidence again.

Q: When can I apply for an AEWV?
A: It opens on 4 July 2022.

Q: How long will it take for AEWV processing?
A: 20 working days.

Q: Would there be a pathway to residence?
A: A pathway to residence will be introduced in the future for migrants who have held an AEWV for 2 years and are paid at least 200% of the median wage.

Approval for our client’s student visa!

Congratulations on the approval of Ms. Y’s student visa application. Ms Y came to New Zealand seven years ago on a visitor visa to look after her son. At the start of this year, her son started university, and Ms. Y’s visitor visa was due to expire. However, due to the pandemic, Ms. Y was worried about her child being alone in New Zealand, so she successfully obtained a special tourist visa from the Immigration Board with the help of the IEF team. The pandemic had a large impact on everyone, and Ms. Y found the time to think about herself. As she has sacrificed her life in China to provide the best education for her son, she realised that she now had the time to have an education herself. With her son being able to look after himself, she discussed with her family about her learning English so they could travel around the world in the future. However, the Immigration Board raised serious questions after receiving Ms. Y’s student visa application , doubting Ms. Y’s real purpose of learning. IEF adheres to our principle of being accountable for the client to the end and will never give up. With the efforts of our senior licensed consultants and lawyers, she finally won the approval of her student visa application for Ms. Y, allowing her dream to come true! If you want to know more about our success stories, please contact IEF. IEF can help you achieve your dreams in New Zealand.  

Resident Visa Approved

A client’s resident visa was granted today. This long missing vibe is so needed at a time when there are no shortages of news like record number of corona virus infections and deaths, economic recessing, staff layoff, racism etc. This is even more exciting because the application is under Skilled Migrate Category. It gives out clear signal that this country’s door is still opening to those people with skills and talents. What is needed is a touch of careful strategy planning and professional presentation in their application.

Congratulations on your Approval for Investor 1 Resident Visa!

Congratulations to Mr. Z, who has just received approval in principle for Investor 1 Resident Visa. It took less than 4 weeks in total from receiving initial materials to obtaining approval from INZ!

Mr Z, a Hong Kong resident who planned to emigrate to New Zealand, contacted Ruby Ho, (the Head of IEF Hong Kong Office, and a Licensed Immigration Adviser), through Immigration Advisers Authority (IAA), after getting advice from a number of immigration companies. After a detailed understanding of the customer’s assets, sources of funds, family work, and so on, Ruby gave the customer one comprehensive application plan, especially with an accurate focus on the legitimate sources of funds and compliance interpretation. In the end, after comparing other immigration companies, Mr. Z authorised IEF for his application.

IEF organized a professional team of consultants who are proficient in domestic law and taxation, senior investment advisers, licensed immigration advisers, New Zealand certified public accountants, etc., to explore possible solutions and communicate with clients many times. Finally, the optimal scheme has been determined after rigorous evaluation and the hard work of the IEF professional consulting team was worth it when we received the great approval news from INZ within only three weeks!

If you and your friends or family look forward to processing and consulting Immigration to New Zealand through the 10 million NZD Investor 1 category in 2020, it is recommended that you arrange an appointment with our consultant as soon as possible. IEF will, as always, do a good job in handling your application with a professional and honest attitude!

Please feel free to contact us if you need assistance with your application.

Successful Case News|IEF’s Professionalism Deserves Client’s Trust!

Today, we discuss our latest successful case showcasing IEF’s internal teamwork, great relationships with NZ Universities and dedication to our clients!

Mr and Mrs A are very highly educated clients from Hong Kong. They had visited our Hong Kong Seminar for Migration to NZ. After showing interest to their friends for moving to NZ, their friends suggested a local HK agent who suggested them to apply for NZ Universities but did not do much planning to help them with their migration planning. Disappointed, they decided to let the agent apply for Universities on their behalf and meanwhile contacted IEF for migration planning.

IEF showed a lot of dedication by coming up with a comprehensive plan for them. Impressed by IEF’s service already, they asked the Uni to change the agent from the HK agent to IEF- due to that being against policy, the client had to write a letter explaining why it was important for them. Reviewing the letter and IEF’s track record and reputation , we were accepted as the client’s official agent. Since then, our education and immigration teams have been working closely to make our client’s migration dream come true.

At IEF, we believe in team work, dedication, hard work and building Long term relationships that our clients can leverage!

Please feel free to contact us if you need more information regarding Investment Category Residence Visa or if you need assistance with your application.