Overseas teacher recruitment

Accredited Employer Work Visa

The Government is moving into the next phase in the response to the COVID-19 pandemic, with New Zealand’s borders opening fully on 31 July 2022.

The new Accredited Employer Work Visa (AEWV) comes into effect on Monday 4 July 2022. It is a three-step process and requires schools, kura and early learning services to become accredited in order to hire a migrant.

Accredited Employer Work Visa (AEWV) – Immigration New Zealand(external link) 

The three-steps are to:

  1. Become an accredited employer – Immigration New Zealand.(external link)
  2. Apply for a job check, after having advertised the role in New Zealand – Immigration New Zealand.(external link)
  3. Ask the migrant to apply for their visa – Immigration New Zealand.(external link)

For full information on the process to become an accredited employer, and to understand what you need in order to have your job check approved, please see Immigration New Zealand’s webpage Steps to hiring migrant on the AEWV.(external link)

Overseas Teacher Recruitment webinar - Ministry of Education and Immigration New Zealand

The Ministry of Education hosted two webinars on 23 May and 26 May 2022 to introduce the Accredited Employer Work Visa in collaboration with Immigration New Zealand.

Please find a recording of the webinar presentation below.

Overseas recruitment webinar on Accredited Employer Work Visa

Financial support for overseas teacher recruitment

Reintroducing the Overseas Finders Fee and Overseas Relocation Grant from 1 July 2022

As New Zealand reopens to the world, the Government is reintroducing two grants to support overseas teacher recruitment.

From 1 July 2022, eligible schools, kura and early learning services can apply for the Overseas Finder’s Fee of up to $3,450 to help meet their recruitment costs.

From the same date, eligible overseas and returning New Zealand teachers will have access to the Overseas Relocation Grant of up to $5,000 towards the cost of relocating to New Zealand. For the first time, early learning services will be able to apply for the scheme, supporting the early learning sector to secure qualified teaching staff from overseas.

These initiatives will open for applications from 1 July 2022 via Teach NZ website(external link).

Further information will be made available in the coming weeks.

If you have any questions on the OFF or ORG process, please email teacher.supply@education.govt.nz.

Green List roles

Within the Accreditation Employer Worker Visa scheme, the Government has produced a ‘Green List.’

The purpose of the Green List is to provide a residence pathway to support attraction of highly skilled migrants in globally in-demand and long-term shortage areas

If the occupation is on the ‘Green List’ and the employer is accredited, they will not need to provide proof of advertising for the role during the AEWV job check step (Step 2).

For the ‘Green List’ teaching roles, the migrant will have a work to residency pathway after two years.

Specific education roles are deemed enduring skill shortage occupations and are captured on the ‘Green List.’ Employment must be for a position as a teacher in one of the following areas:

  • Secondary school teacher in one of the following specialisations:
    • Science (including chemistry, biology, physics, agricultural and horticultural science, and earth and space science)
    • Mathematics (including statistics and calculus)
    • Technology (including digital technologies, computer science, construction and mechanical technologies, materials technologies, and processing technologies)
    • Pacific languages (including languages of Tokelau, Niue, Cook Islands, Sāmoa, Tonga, Tuvalu, Fiji, Rotuma, and Kiribati).
  • Early childhood (pre-primary school).

Teachers must hold a New Zealand registration and a provisional practising certificate issued by the Teaching Council of Aotearoa New Zealand.

Please find further information on Immigration New Zealand webpage’s Green List occupations(external link).

Update: Border Exception Programme waitlist in place

All 300 places in the teacher border exceptions programme have now been allocated. As there may be a small number of withdrawals, a waitlist is in place for schools and early learning services who have an urgent need and a credible pathway to get the teacher into New Zealand prior to July. More information on the Border Exception waitlist can be found on Te Mahau website | Border exceptions for teachers(external link).

If you have any questions on the waitlisting process, please email Border.Exceptions@education.govt.nz.

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