3 April 2023
Ref: DOIA 2223-2001
Ziyun (Evan) Wang [FYI request #22041 email]
Tēnā koe Ziyun,
Thank you for your email of 8 March 2023, to the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment
(MBIE) requesting, under the Official Information Act 1982 (the Act), the following information:
I am writing to kindly seek the below updated information associated with Accreditation, Job
check and Accredited Employer Work Visa(AEWV) applications:
1. How many applications(accreditation, job check, aewv) that INZ has received thus far?
2. How many applications(accreditation, job check, aewv) have been approved thus far?
3. How many applications(accreditation, job check, aewv) have been declined thus far?
4. What are the top industries hiring migrants under AEWVs?
5. How long is the processing time for each stage and the reasons for the increased processing
time for each stage if applicable?
Please see Table One
below for the total number of received, approved and declined applications for
Employer Accreditation, Job Check and Accredited Employer Work Visa (AEWV), as at 18 March 2023.
Note: The difference between received and approved/declined are those applications still under
The top 10 industries hiring migrants under the AEWV policy are: Construction, Health, Hospitality,
Primary Industry, Transportation and Logistics, Retail, Other (Arts, Entertainment, Media, Professional,
Recreational), ICT, Education and Tourism.
Please see Table Two
below for the processing timeframes for Employer Accreditation, Job Check and
AEWV’s, as at 18 March 2023. The increased difference between the processing timeframe for AEWV in
relation to the other two stages listed is a result of the surge of applications received by INZ prior to the
median wage increase which happened on 27 February 2023.
*Time to Complete is the time in week days it takes for an application to go from tendered status to
If you wish to discuss any aspect of your request or this response, or if you require any further assistance,
please contact [email address].
You have the right to seek an investigation and review by the Ombudsman of this decision. Information
about how to make a complaint is available at www.ombudsman.parliament.nz
or freephone 0800 802
Nāku noa, nā
Richard Owen (Acting) General Manager, Border and Visa Operations
Immigration New Zealand
Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment