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Visas for Accredited Employer Work Visa Holders’ Family Members

Updated: Sep 8, 2023

If you hold an Accredited Employer Work Visa (AEWV), you may be able to sponsor your partner and dependent children for associated visas. We have listed the options available to you below.


What visas can be applied for?

Work Visa for Your Partner

AEWV holder must meet one of the following criteria:

  • Earn at least the median wage rate.

  • Have a role that is on the Green List, meet its Green List requirements, and earn at least the median wage.

Student or Visitor Visa for Dependent Children

What if you earn below the median wage?

You won’t be able to sponsor your partner for a work visa but you may be able to sponsor your partner for a visitor visa.


Would my partner’s work visa be subject to any conditions?

There are two types of work visas that your partner may obtain depending on your role or income.

Open Work Visa

An open work visa allows your partner to work for any employer in New Zealand without the requirement of earning at least the median wage.

  • Your partner will receive an open work visa if you earn at least twice the median wage, or if your role is on the Green List and you meet the requirements for that specific role, and you earn at least the median wage.

A Work Visa with Conditions

What is the process for associated family visas?

Your partner and dependent children will need to submit separate applications for their visas, they cannot be included in your AEWV application. They have the option to apply for the visas at the same time as you, or they can choose to apply for their visas later (e.g., after your AEWV is granted or after you have arrived in NZ).

How long is the associated family visa valid?

The visas granted to your partner and dependent children will have the same duration as your AEWV. For example, if your AEWV is valid from 12.12.2023 to 12.12.2028, their visas will also be valid until 12.12.2028, regardless of when they apply for their visas.


What if you receive a pay rise or your role is added to the Green List?

If your partner has a Visitor Visa or intends to apply for one, they can apply for a Work Visa if you earn at least the median wage rate.


If your partner currently holds a work visa with conditions, they can apply to change the conditions to an open work visa if you earn at least twice the median wage, or meet the Green List requirements for your role and earn at least the median wage.


In either case, your partner will need to provide evidence of you earning at least the medium wage in order to apply for a work visa with conditions or an open work visa. But you do not need to apply for another AEWV specifically for supporting your partner's work visa application.

 
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