New Zealand Work Visas: Can You Still Get a 90-Day Trial Period?

Explore the recent shifts in New Zealand's employment regulations, featuring an extended 90-day trial period. Accredited employers and AEWV recruits enjoy exceptions, but caution is advised for crafting employment agreements.

As the New Zealand employment regulations undergo significant changes, prospective workers and employers are eager to understand the implications of work visas, particularly with the 90-day trial period.

In this article, we will delve into the intricacies of the recent shifts and explore whether individuals can still benefit from a 90-day trial period when applying for work visas.

Understanding the Regulatory Changes

Effective December 11, 2023, the New Zealand government introduced alterations to the 90-day trial period, impacting a majority of employers. However, the burning question remains: Can individuals on work visas still avail themselves of this trial period? Let’s break down the details.

Exemptions for Work Visa Holders

The good news is that despite the regulatory changes, certain categories of work visa holders, such as those under the Accredited Employer Work Visa (AEWV) program, remain exempt from the extended 90-day trial period.


This exemption provides a crucial advantage for both employers and individuals seeking employment under specific visa categories.

Caution for Employers and Visa Applicants

While the exemption exists, caution is advised for employers crafting employment agreements for work visa applicants. Implementing trial terms without careful consideration may lead to risks, potentially impacting visa approval.

Employers need to navigate this aspect of the regulatory landscape with diligence to ensure compliance and seamless hiring processes.

Impact on Job Check Applications

In the realm of work visas, the Job Check process is a critical step. As of October 29, any Job Check application featuring an employment agreement with a trial term will face rejection by Immigration New Zealand (INZ).


Employers and visa applicants need to be aware of this change to avoid complications during the application process.

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Exceptions and Considerations

For individuals and employers with existing job checks or AEWV applications submitted or approved before October 29, 2023, the revised legislation does not retroactively impact them. This exception provides some relief for those already in the application pipeline.


In the ever-evolving landscape of New Zealand work visas, the question of the 90-day trial period looms large. While recent changes bring new considerations, employers and visa applicants alike need to stay informed.


By understanding the exemptions, exercising caution, and adapting to the evolving regulations, navigating the New Zealand work visa process can still be a manageable and fruitful endeavour.

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Manish Khandelwal
Manish Khandelwal

Manish Khandelwal, a travel-tech enthusiast with over a decade of experience in the travel industry. Founder and Editor-in-Chief of, he's passionate about writing.

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