The Accredited Employer Work Visa (AEWV)  is a new temporary work visa taking effect from July 4th 2022 with applications open from May 22nd for accreditation and June 20th for Job Checks. It is designed to ensure a smoother pathway to a working visa for both the employer and the candidate. INZ has simplified the process of becoming an accredited employer in order to streamline the processing of much needed migrant workers. However whereas before an employer could apply to sponsor a migrant worker without themselves becoming accredited, accreditation is now compulsory for all employers.


In summary, the process of employing a migrant worker is divided into 3 stages.

1. Employer Accreditation. 

In this first stage, the employer demonstrates that their business including their recruitment strategy is financially viable and sustainable. Documentation requirements are minimal and vary depending on the duration of operation of the business. Accreditation is split into two tiers. Standard Volume for up to 5 migrant workers and High Volume for a business employing 6 migrants and above at any one time. This tier can be upgraded if you later extend your migrant recruitment requirements. After successful accreditation, the business is deemed suitable for sponsoring migrant workers according to the tier granted. This process is only required once per business.

Approx processing time: 10 working days.

2. Job Check.

This stage is designed to ensure there are no NZ residents suitable for the position before a migrant worker is permitted to fill it. Whether advertising is required or not depends on the actual position with many being excluded due to their inclusion in the green list. 

You can view the green list here at INZ.

Once a position has been job checked the employer can employ multiple migrants for that same position.

Approx processing time: 10 working days.

3. Visa Application. 

Each applicant must complete a work visa application. Whilst processing is somewhat streamlined as the employer and the position have already met requirements the applicant must still meet INZ visa requirements including character and skill checks.

Approx processing time: 20 working days.

Contact us for more detailed information about getting your business accredited so you are ready to recruit migrant workers.






New Zealand is currently experiencing a significant skills shortage in several sectors of the economy. The construction and technology sectors are two very good examples of this. As an employee, if you are experiencing difficulties filling your current positions we can assist you with recruiting from overseas and placing a suitable worker from work forces outside New Zealand.


Depending on the exact nature of the role you are seeking to fill you and your prospective employer will need to meet criteria that match that roles listing in the short term, long term, or Canterbury skill shortages lists. Head Start Visas can assist you in all aspects of New Zealand work Visa for your candidate which if executed correctly can bring great benefits to your business in the form of talent and potential salary savings.


Many countries that are well positioned to supply labour to New Zealand such as the UK, Australia, India, Philippines and others are currently in a less favourable economic position than NZ. This creates the ideal situation to attract such talented workers to our shores and offer them a brighter future and your business an achievable and cost effective workforce.


In addition to supplying Work Visas services to your business, we can also assist through our network of recruitment partners with talent acquisition and upon arrival logistics such as accommodation.