Immigration update: Accredited Employer Work Visa Changes

19th October 2023

90 day trial periods

From 29 October, accredited employers are not able to use 90-day trial periods in employment agreements when hiring people on an Accredited Employer Work Visa (AEWV).

If you submit an employment agreement to Immigration New Zealand, which contains a 90-day trial period, you run the risk of the application (for either the job check or visa) being declined. 


Labour hire companies and construction workers

From 27 November 2023, INZ will be requiring accredited employers who are labour hire (triangular) employment firms who place migrants in specific construction occupations to have at least 35% of their labour hire workforce made up of New Zealand citizens and residents in full time employment.  This is an increase from the current threshold of 15%. 


Processing times

Due to adjustments to the Accredited Employer Work visa assessment approach, applicants are experiencing longer processing times.  INZ has advised that employers allow at least 6 weeks to apply for accreditation and 6 weeks to apply for a job check.


How we can help

Visa requirements and processes are subject to constant review and amendment by Immigration New Zealand. At McMillan&Co. we stay up to date on changes to immigration policy, so that our clients aren’t disadvantaged, and know exactly what criteria they need to meet at the time of application.


Sarah Caulton, Senior Associate