The New Zealand government recently announced several changes to the Accredited Employer Work Visa scheme.

Key Points:

  • Beginning Nov. 27, 2023, workers offered employment paying at least median wage will be granted a five-year AEWV.
  • AEWV holders who receive their visas before November 2023 can apply to extend their AEWV so that it lasts a total of five years if they meet maximum continuous stay requirements and their job role, location, and employer remain the same, and they are paid no less than the rate offered as part of the initial AEWV application.
  • Partners of AEWV holders who are granted five-year visas will likely be able to extend their Partnership Work Visas, though policy changes may be required to enact these extensions.
  • Under current policy plans and subject to no future policy changes, Immigration New Zealand is expected to raise the median wage rate to $31.61 (about US$18.80) from the current $29.66 in February 2024.

Additional Information: AEWV holders must spend at least 12 months outside of New Zealand when their visas expire before returning to the country unless they are on a residence pathway.

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