The New Zealand government has opened applications for Accredited Employer Work Visas (AEWVs) and all other work visas as part of the country’s COVID-19 recovery plan.

Key Points:

  • As of July 4, foreign nationals who are outside of New Zealand can apply for AEWVs and other work visas.
  • Spouses, partners, and dependent children of principal applicants who are outside of New Zealand can also apply for visas.
  • AEWVs applications must be submitted online through the new Immigration Online Platform; however, AEWV applications can only be submitted after the Job Check application is approved.

Additional Information: Visa applicants must still meet New Zealand’s health border measures, including being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and completing a New Zealand Traveler Declaration. More information regarding AEWVs is available here. A list of other work visas is available here.

BAL Analysis: Foreign nationals who are outside New Zealand can now apply work visa applications for the first time since early 2022.

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