As of today (26 June 2024), Immigration NZ has implemented significant changes to rules for partner and dependent child visas for Accredited Employer Work Visa (AEWV) holders working in ANZSCO skill level 4 and 5 roles who are not on a pathway to residency.

Key Points:

  1. AEWV holders in ANZSCO level 4 and 5 roles without a residency pathway can no longer support work, visitor, or student visa applications for their partners and dependent children.
  2. Partners and dependent children can still apply for visas independently, such as an AEWV or an international student visa, provided they meet the requirements.

Who Is Not Affected:

  • Current holders of partner or dependent children visas
  • AEWV holders in ANZSCO level 4 and 5 roles with a residency pathway (e.g., in a green list and meeting the green list criteria, in a role covered by a sector agreement with a residence path)
  • Those earning at least 1.5 times the median wage threshold for the Skilled Migrant Category ($47.41 per hour)
  • Applicants with partner or dependent child visa applications in progress (these will be assessed under previous requirements)
  • AEWV holders in ANZSCO level 1,2 and 3 roles.

If you have any questions, please contact us for more detail.

Steven Dunning

Licensed Immigration Adviser