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As announced by New Zealand Immigration, the Government of New Zealand has implemented major changes to its Accredited Employer Work Visa (AEWV) on 26 June 2024, Wego reports. People who hold AEWV roles at Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO) levels 4 and 5 without a pathway to residency can no longer support work, visitor or student visa applications for their partners and dependent children.

The report clarified that partners and dependent children can still apply for a visa to come to New Zealand. For instance, they can apply for an Accredited Employer Work Visa or an international student visa as individuals enter New Zealand, given that they meet the requirements.

Furthermore, this change will not affect the people who have an application as a partner or dependent child in progress. The report further stated that those applications will be considered against the requirements that were in place on the date they applied.

Moreover, there are three other categories to which this change will not impact:

  • people who already hold visas as a partner or dependent child or
  • AEWV holders working in ANZSCO level 4 and 5 roles with a pathway to residency, such as the Green List, sector agreements with residence pathways, and
  • those earning at least 1.5 times the median wage threshold for the Skilled Migrant Category.

This tightening of rules was made so that the Government of New Zealand could align with the much broader suite of changes to the AEWV scheme earlier this year and return the settings to similar ones under the previous Essential Skills Work Visa.