VisaAide streamlines accreditation renewals for New Zealand employers

Wednesday 3 July 2024, 9:30AM

By Clickthrough Digital Marketing


VisaAide, a leading professional immigration advisory service in New Zealand, is revolutionising the employer accreditation renewal process by offering expert guidance and up-to-date information. With the first phase of accreditation renewal due in July 2024, VisaAide's mission is to ensure your business remains compliant and operational without experiencing unnecessary declines or incurring extra charges.

The Accredited Employer Work Visa (AEWV) scheme has greatly impacted how businesses in New Zealand operate, especially regarding the hiring of skilled migrant workers. Many employers are now questioning whether they should maintain their accreditation in the face of these changes. To help companies make informed decisions, VisaAide provides expert advice on accreditation renewals, crucial timelines, and how to successfully attract and retain migrant workers.

Accreditation is vital for any New Zealand business that frequently employs migrant workers or wishes to offer residency to their valued employees. Not renewing your accreditation means losing the ability to hire new AEWV employees or support current AEWV holders with further visa applications. Essentially, maintaining your accreditation is key to attracting and retaining skilled migrant employees.

The renewal process is streamlined by Immigration New Zealand (INZ) through the introduction of an online form for re-accreditation under the AEWV scheme. Depending on the type of business, accreditation lasts for either 24 months (standard accreditation) or 12 months (triangular). Key steps for a successful renewal include applying at the right time, selecting the correct type of accreditation, and providing the necessary evidence, such as financial statements and Inland Revenue Department (IRD) records.

Failure to meet INZ's standards can lead to penalties, starting from a $1,000 fine per employee and even suspension of accreditation status. Employers must also comply with visa conditions and respond promptly to INZ's information requests to avoid these penalties.

Deciding whether to renew requires careful consideration of your business objectives. If you don't plan on hiring additional migrant workers or if your current workers don't intend to apply for residency, then accreditation might not be necessary. Still, the decision not to renew can limit your workforce options.

VisaAide's committed team of licensed immigration advisers offers professional advice and application management services. Our extensive experience in assisting employers through the complex immigration process of Accreditation Renewal ensures a robust case is presented to INZ, demonstrating your business's ability to meet accreditation requirements.

Accreditation Renewal isn't just an administrative task - it's a strategic decision that can significantly influence your business operations and talent pool. With VisaAide by your side, this process becomes less daunting and more rewarding.

For more information, visit our website at: or reach out to our expert team at or call 0800 484 727.

About VisaAide

VisaAide is New Zealand's leading visa and immigration consultancy, dedicated to helping individuals and businesses navigate the complexities of immigration law. VisaAide's team of experienced professionals provides personalised services to meet all immigration needs.

What is an Accredited Employer Work Visa (AEWV)?

The AEWV is the principal temporary work visa in New Zealand. These are granted to individuals who are not New Zealand citizens or residents but have received a full time (at least 30 hours) job offer to work in New Zealand from an accredited employer.