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Immigration New Zealand is pleased to announce changes to the Accredited Employer Work Visa (AEWV). We introduce you to the main provisions.

Clearly specified experience and/or education requirements:

If the specialty is not on the Green List or does not pay double the median salary (the current median is NZ$31.61 per hour), then you must have:
– or at least 3 years of officially confirmed work experience in the specialty
– or education at least level 4 according to the New Zealand standard

Minimum English level requirements:

If your job is an ANZSCO Skill Level 4 or 5 (usually low-skilled positions), you will need to provide IELTS 4.0 English language test results or equivalent.
If your job is an ANZSCO Skill Level 1-3, there is no requirement to provide test results.

Shortened work periods for low-skilled specialists:

If your job is at Skill Level 4 or 5 under ANZSCO, you will be able to apply for a work visa for 2 years with the possibility of extension for another 1 year with an additional Job Check (checking whether there are locals for this position). After a total maximum period of 3 years, you will need to leave New Zealand for a minimum of 12 months before applying for a new work visa.

The special category for bus and truck drivers is being closed:

There was a separate subcategory for them, but now they will be held on a general basis, like the rest.

Green List Changes:

The following will immediately be added to the Straight to Residence category with the possibility of applying for residency: High School Teachers, Aviation Engineers, Marine Designers, System Administrators, Technical Engineers, Aviation Maintenance Engineers. In the Work to Residence category, where you need to work for 2 years for residency, they will add: Prison Officers.
Previously they wanted to add welders and some other specialists, but so far they have decided not to do this.

The Green List can be viewed here:
View ANZSCO lists here:
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