Immigration New Zealand confirmed that employers can no longer use 90-day trial periods in employment agreements when hiring foreign nationals on an Accredited Employer Work Visa.

Key Points:

• Immigration officials will decline or request updated information if an AEWV job check application includes an employment agreement with a trial period.
• The 90-day trial period rule does not apply to migrants who already hold, applied for or were approved for an AEWV job check prior to Oct. 29.

BAL Analysis: The change is designed to treat foreign workers more fairly and ensure labor needs and skills gaps are filled. Employers may lose accreditation status if they include a trial period in their employment agreements.

This alert has been provided by the BAL Global Practice Group.

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