All three stages of the new Accredited Employer Work Visa (AEWV) are now live, with applications open for employer accreditation, job checks and work visas.
As of 3 August 2022, Immigration New Zealand (INZ) has received:
1. 8,415 employer accreditation applications since applications opened on 23 May. Over 90% of applications have been decided and all have been approved
2. 3,807 applications for the job check that opened on 20 June, equating to 25,462 jobs. Of those 1,179 job checks have been approved, equating to 8,868 jobs
3. 442 work visa applications have been received and seven work visas have been granted since applications opened on 4 July. Over 70% of the work visa applications received have been assessed and most are waiting on the applicant to provide their passports.
INZ has acknowledged that there have been some technical issues that have caused frustration but they have been working to identify and resolve the issues as quickly as possible.
Applying for the Job Check
A number of the job check applications assessed need further information from the employer before a decision can be made. INZ is contacting these employers to ask for the information required and provide an opportunity to resolve any other issues before they finalise their application.
INZ has identified some errors by customers in their job check applications, which are affecting its ability to process these applications within the 10-day timeframe.
Many of the actions identified relate to information missing from employment agreements, including:
1. minimum hours of work
2. the maximum number of hours worked before overtime provisions apply
3. a detailed description of the work to be performed.
INZ is also seeing job check applications that do not meet requirements because the job advertisement did not:
1. run for 14 days
2. include the salary range for the role.
This information is required to demonstrate applicants are meeting the AEWV requirements in order to avoid undue processing delays. It is also important that job checks are only submitted for current vacancies where jobs have been advertised and no suitable New Zealanders are available to do the job.