New Zealand Immigration Agency Implements Changes to Protect Migrant Workers

In a recent update, New Zealand’s immigration agency has introduced significant policy adjustments affecting Accredited Employer Work Visa (AEWV) holders. Effective October 29th, accredited employers are now barred from using 90-day trial periods in employment agreements when hiring individuals on an Accredited Employer Work Visa (AEWV).

The alterations serve two key purposes: promoting equitable treatment in employment agreements for Kiwi Work Visa holders and addressing genuine labor shortages. Additionally, modifications in the AEWV Category dictate that accredited employers in construction roles must maintain a workforce comprising a minimum of 35% New Zealand citizens and residents. This change aims to bolster the protection of migrant workers, ensuring that employers hire them based on genuine demand or skills gaps, free from exploitation.

It’s important to note that the 90-day trial regulation won’t be applicable to applications with pre-approved job checks or to migrants who secured or applied for an AEWV relying on a job check sanctioned before October 29th. These changes are anticipated to extend processing times, prompting employers to submit accreditation and job check applications at least six weeks prior to their intended timelines. Employers can use the INZ employment visa escalation process for urgent cases.

Moving forward, individuals receiving job offers from New Zealand employers should ensure that their employment contracts do not include any trial periods. advises contacting the immigration department if such clauses are present.

These revised policies and criteria also extend to recent immigration and work visa applicants in the Green List category. Previously, New Zealand expanded its Immigration Green List to encompass various professions in construction, information technology, automotive, and engineering.

With a population of approximately 5 million people, New Zealand grapples with skill shortages in various sectors. Regular updates to the skill shortage lists reflect the ongoing demand for professionals in industries such as information technology, healthcare, construction, engineering, and trades.

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