The Accredited Employer Work Visa Scheme – Everything You Need to Know

Date: Thursday 19 May 2022     Time: 12pm to 1pm

Venue: Level 7, 3-11 Hunter Street, Wellington

The Accredited Employer Work Visa Scheme – Everything You Need to Know

Immigration New Zealand’s “Accredited Employer Work Visa” (AEWV) scheme is due to go live on 4 July 2022. From that date onwards, employers will only be able to support a migrant worker to get a work visa if the employer is first “accredited”. This new system will radically change the requirements on employers in terms of both time and cost – for recruiting new staff and for retaining existing migrant worker staff.

This seminar will provide you with the latest information about the new system and provide valuable insights into being ready to “hit the ground running” when the system goes live.

Lane Neave’s specialist immigration partners, Rachael Mason and Mark Williams will provide a comprehensive summary of the new system, covering issues such as:

  • A summary of the AEWV system and how it will work
  • Key requirements for employers to secure accreditation and the different types of accreditation
  • Key requirements for being able to secure work visas for migrant workers under the new system
  • The impact of the new system for existing migrant worker staff
  • What steps can businesses take now to prepare for the new system


Rachael Mason is qualified in New Zealand and England & Wales and has practised exclusively in the area of immigration law for a number of years, both in the United Kingdom and in New Zealand.

She is a trusted adviser to a diverse range of employer and corporate clients from start-up companies to global organisations and is highly regarded for her expertise in advising on both transactional and strategic immigration and visa requirements.

Rachael also assists private clients with individual temporary and residence visa applications and works with high net worth clients, entrepreneurs and third party advisors in the private wealth industry in relation to complex immigration and citizenship applications.

Rachael regularly presents to HR and other professionals regarding key immigration policy changes and issues related to recruiting and maintaining an immigration-compliant workforce. Her clients value her high quality technical expertise and practical solutions to immigration issues.

Mark Williams is an internationally recognised New Zealand immigration expert, with a focus on individual/family, business/investment and corporate migration services.

He has successfully represented private and corporate immigration clients, providing high level strategic advice. Mark has also engaged in negotiations with the New Zealand Government in standard and exceptionally complicated immigration applications and appeals.

He is an Adjunct Professor of Law of Victoria University (Melbourne), was a lecturer of immigration law at the University of Canterbury, and is the Convenor of the New Zealand Immigration and Refugee Law Committee of the New Zealand Law Society.

His client’s include multinational companies, large to medium New Zealand businesses, and many internationally recognised business and investment migrants.

Prices (per person):

Members: Free

Non-Member Price: Free



Cancellation Policy: Cancellations must be received 10 clear working days prior to the event. Cancellations after this time and ‘no-shows’ on the day will be charged the full invoice amount. Substitutions are permitted if you can no longer attend.