A New Era for Partners: Changes to New Zealand’s Partner of a Worker Work Visa

New Zealand announces changes to Partner of a Worker Work Visa, impacting AEWV and ESWV holders' partners.

In a significant development, Immigration New Zealand has announced changes to the Partner of a Worker Work Visa. The changes, which will come into effect from 31 May 2023, will impact partners of Accredited Employer Work Visa (AEWV) and Essential Skills Work Visa (ESWV) holders who apply for a new Partner of a Worker Work Visa.

The Current Scenario

Currently, partners of AEWV and ESWV holders are eligible to apply for a Partner of a Worker Work Visa, which allows them to live, work, and study in New Zealand. This visa has been a popular choice for couples looking to move to New Zealand together, providing a pathway for partners to join their loved ones and contribute to the New Zealand economy.

The Upcoming Changes

From 31 May 2023, the landscape will change. Partners of AEWV and ESWV holders who apply for a new Partner of a Worker Work Visa may have new work conditions in the visa. While the specifics of these new conditions have not been detailed yet, it's clear that the changes will bring a new set of rules and requirements for applicants.

Potential Implications

The implications of these changes could be far-reaching. Here are a few potential impacts:

  1. Increased Scrutiny: The new conditions may involve increased scrutiny of applications, potentially making the process more rigorous.
  2. Change in Eligibility Criteria: There may be changes in the eligibility criteria, which could affect who can apply for the visa.
  3. Impact on Existing Visa Holders: It's unclear how these changes will affect existing visa holders. They may need to meet the new conditions when renewing their visas.


While the specifics of the changes are yet to be unveiled, it's clear that the landscape for partners of AEWV and ESWV holders is about to change. As we wait for more details, it's crucial for potential applicants to stay informed and prepare for the upcoming changes. As always, it's recommended to seek professional advice when navigating immigration rules and processes.

Stay tuned for more updates as we continue to monitor these changes and provide insights into what they mean for you.

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