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All NZ employers who hire migrant workers from 1st November 2021 will have to be accredited.

Find out what you need to know with our free guide to employer accreditation.

New Zealand Shores Accreditation brochure

What are the different accreditation levels?

Standard accreditation

The standard accreditation is for employers who employ or are looking to employ 1 to 5 migrant workers at any given time.

It is a streamlined process for low-risk, standard employers (including small businesses). The accreditation process will include checks to ensure that the business is compliant with minimum employment standards before being able to hire migrant workers.

Initial accreditation is granted for 12 months, with 24 months renewals.

High volume accreditation

The premium accreditation is for companies recruiting six or more employer-assisted migrants in a year. While the process is similar to standard accreditation, there will be higher standards for attracting and retaining New Zealand workers (wages, skills and training) and additional checks to ensure compliance with employment standards.

Initial accreditation is granted for 12 months, with 24 months renewals.

Mixed model accreditation

There will be additional requirements for labour hire companies (tripartite agreements) or for employers who have limited control over cost pressures (e.g. franchises). These include higher standards to meet and more checks involved. These checks will typically be focused on recruitment practices, training New Zealanders, more detailed up-front verification checks and potentially include site visits.

Initial accreditation and renewals are granted for 12 months.


Contact our friendly team today to discuss your accreditation or visa requirements.