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Changes to Partner Work Rights INZ June 2023 Updates

Changes to Partner Work Rights

Did you know Immigration New Zealand announced major changes to the visa conditions for the Partners of Essential Skills and Accredited Employer Work visa holders going for new Partners of Worker Work Visas? The partners of these visa holders were previously free to seek employment in New Zealand. Now, the partner work rights are a bit different.


Immigration New Zealand now requires applicants to earn the median hourly wage in New Zealand, which currently stands at NZ$29.66/hr.

However, there are exceptions for those whose partner makes at least twice the medium wage or is employed at a job on the green list.

Restrictions On Partners Applying For New Visas

Here are the restrictions imposed on those going for new partner work visas.

  • The applicant is allowed to work for an accredited employer only.
  • The applicant cannot be self-employed.
  • The applicant cannot seek employment below the median wage in New Zealand in jobs included in the capped sector agreements.

The visa changes impact partners of workers who have an Essential Skills Work Visa (ESWV) or an Accredited Employer Work Visa (AEWV). But don’t be alarmed since the changes don’t affect existing work visa conditions and those who applied before 31 May 2023.



Visa conditions for partners of New Zealand nationals or partners of work visa holders remain unchanged.

We hope you found this information helpful. Follow our blogs for the latest updates and informative content on Australian immigration.


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