What is an Accredited Employer?

What is an Accredited Employer and how can you find one?

If you can get a job offer from an Accredited Employer the visa application process will be a lot easier for you. 

Accredited Employers

New Zealand employers who need to regularly recruit skilled overseas workers can apply to become accredited.

This will allow them to employ skilled migrant workers without first having to do a Labour market test to check if any New Zealanders can do the work.

What does this mean for you?


Talent Work and Resident Visas 

If an accredited employer offers you full-time work, you may be eligible for a Talent Work Visa

This visa is great for people who are looking for a pathway to live in New Zealand and who have a skill that is needed by a New Zealand accredited employer. 

With a Talent Work Visa, you can work in New Zealand for the accredited employer who offers you work.

You can’t include a partner or dependent children in your work visa application, but they can apply for visas based on their relationship to you.

After you have worked in New Zealand for an accredited employer for more than 2 years, you may be eligible for a Talent Resident Visa


How can you find an Accredited Employer?

To check if a New Zealand employer is accredited or to find an accredited employer in your area of expertise,

you can look up the list of accredited employers. 

Immigration New Zealand publishes a list of Accredited Employers on the official Government website.

The list is constantly growing and has over 1650 so far. 

To find an accredited employer in your area of expertise visit the INZ website: Accredited Employers List. 

The website has a search function to make it easier for you to find an accredited employer. 

The list of Accredited Employers in New Zealand


Do you want to work for an Accredited Employer?

Ask our Licensed Immigration Advisers how you can apply for the right visa that allows you to work for an Accredited Employer: complete our Free Assessment Form.


Are you a New Zealand employer looking for skilled migrants?

If you are a New Zealand employer wanting to attract skilled professionals from overseas, ask us how we can help you become an Accredited Employer. 



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