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Become an Accredited Employer

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How to become an Accredited Employer?

Ensure fast visa approvals for your migrant workers

Becoming an Accredited Employer with Immigration New Zealand will generally ensure faster visa processing, and will allow you to bypass the Labour Market Test. As an Accredited Employer you will not need to prove that you were unable to find suitable New Zealanders to fill a role, before you can offer that position to a migrant.

What visas can my overseas candidates seek?

If you are accredited and you offer a job to a migrant, they will be able to seek a Talent: Accredited Employer temporary work visa. Valid for 30 months, it allows them to seek residence after they have completed 24 months employment under their work visa. There are no qualification or work experience evidence needed for the visa application. Applicants will just need to provide evidence of identity, health, and character, as well as the usual employment documents (job offer, employment agreement). The principal applicant’s family can seek visas based on their relationship with the main visa applicant, which will be granted for the same duration. Dependent children aged 5-18 may go to school as domestic students (no international fees).

What are the requirements to be an Accredited Employer?

In order to grant Accreditation, Immigration New Zealand must be satisfied that an employer:

  • is in a sound financial position to determine if the employment is sustainable; and
  • has human resource policies and processes which are of a high standard; and
  • has a demonstrable commitment to training and employing New Zealand citizens or residence class visa holders (to ensure they are engaged in training and up-skilling New Zealanders and that they make up a significant part of their workforce); and
  • has good workplace practices, including a history of compliance with all immigration and employment New Zealand laws

How long is my accreditation valid for?

The first time you become Accredited by Immigration New Zealand, your accreditation is valid for two years. Every time after that, each renewal is valid for 5 years.

What about subsidiary companies?

Subsidiary companies cannot be covered by the accreditation of a parent company. To be accredited, a subsidiary company must apply in their own right.