Immigration alert: 12-month automatic accreditation extensions

23 Dec 22


To support an Accredited Employer Work Visa (AEWV) New Zealand employers must hold mandatory accreditation with Immigration New Zealand. This is granted to employers who:

  • Are genuinely operating;
  • Will commit to completing settlement support activities for migrants; and
  • Have a history of compliance with immigration, employment and business standards.


All employers who apply by 4 July 2023 will have accreditation automatically extended for a further 12 months.

This one-off extension is to provide employers with certainty that they can continue to hire migrants, in the near future. It will also reduce the cost, time and administration that comes with submitting an accreditation renewal application.

Our thoughts

The key risk with the new accreditation scheme is that an initial application requires no supporting evidence. Instead, it asks employers to commit to a fairly long list of obligations, which will be verified at application renewal stage. Automatically extending employer accreditation may just delay employers becoming aware of potential compliance issues, which could impact on the longer-term ability to support AEWVs.

Our team has created a quick-guide for employers, which has been included with this alert. This one-pager has been drafted to help employers ensure they are meeting key post-accreditation obligations.


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If you have any questions about this article, please contact Tash Rae or a member of our specialist Employment Team.

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