What is a New Zealand Immigration Accreditation?
From mid-2022, New Zealand employers are required to apply and be approved for one type of accreditation from Immigration New Zealand, before they can hire migrant workers.
Immigration New Zealand is mandating compulsory accreditation for all New Zealand employers with migrant workers. The employer accreditation application portal is due to open late 2021 to early 2022.
Immigration New Zealand’s aim is to ensure temporary migrant workers are only recruited for genuine shortages whilst also endeavouring to ensure employers can still access the skills and labour they need.
Mandatory accreditation for employers essentially shifts the immigration process from being Employee led to being employer led. Immigration New Zealand will place significant emphasis onto employers to prove commitment to hiring and training New Zealanders, financial sustainability, compliance with employment law practices and sound HR and recruiting processes.
Employers who are already accredited must transition to meet new requirements to keep their current migrant staff.