Government pauses planned median wage increase for AEWV

16 Jan 24

The median wage is updated in immigration policy each February. This is based on the rate published by Statistics New Zealand the previous June. Several New Zealand work and residence visas are indexed to this median wage, including the Accredited Employer Work Visa (AEWV) and Skilled Migrant Residence Visa.

In September 2023, Immigration New Zealand announced that from February 2024, the median wage threshold would increase from $29.66 to $31.61. The new government has paused this for AEWV applicants, and accompanying partners.

The scheduled increase to $31.61 will still apply to the following residence categories:

• Straight to Residence

• Skilled Migrant

• Parent

The government has paused this increase while it considers alternatives to a median wage threshold for the AEWV.

Want to know more?

If you have any questions about this recent announcement please contact our specialist Immigration Team.

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