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AEWV durations extended


From 27 November 2023, there will be a maximum continuous stay period that will apply to the Accredited Employer Work Visa (AEWV) holders.

  1. AEWV holders paid at least the median wage - can spend a maximum of five years on an AEWV. After that they must spend 12 months outside New Zealand to be eligible to be granted another AEWV.

  2. AEWV holders paid below the median wage and employed under Sector Agreements - may have shorter maximum continuous stays or periods required outside New Zealand before reapplying.

  3. People on a recognised pathway to residence will be able to apply to stay on an AEWV once they have reached the maximum continuous stay without spending the 12 months outside New Zealand. This would be beneficial for someone who is the skill threshold (occupational registration, qualification or income) but who needs more time to meet their skilled work experience.

AEWV extensions from three to five years

From 27 November 2023, the maximum duration of an AEWV will be extended from three years to five years. This will apply to all AEWVs approved from 27 November 2023 where the job or job offer is paid at least the median wage.

Someone who holds or held an AEWV granted on or before 26 November 2023 will be able to apply for a further AEWV to receive the balance of up to five years (in total). They will need to have a job or job offer paid at or above the median wage.

Employers will not need to apply for a further Job Check if they are offering continued employment to someone who holds an AEWV on 26 November 2023 provided the worker’s visa conditions remain the same. The employer can reuse their job token.

Care workforce AEWV extensions from two to three years

From 27 November 2023, the maximum AEWV duration for people employed as part of the Care Workforce Sector Agreement and paid below the median wage will be extended from two to three years.


Someone who holds or held an AEWV granted on or before 26 November 2023 and employed as part of the Care Workforce Sector Agreement will be able to apply for another AEWV to receive the balance of up to three years (in total).


Employers will not need to apply for a further Job Check if they are offering continued employment to someone who holds an AEWV on 26 November 2023. The employer can reuse the Job Check number, providing the worker remains in the same role, with the same employment conditions and in the same region.

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