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Become an Accredited Employer

As an Accredited Employer, you can employ skilled migrants without having to go through the often difficult "Labour Market Test" before you offer them a job.

This means that once you are an Accredited Employer, you do not have to prove that suitable New Zealanders are not available to fill the position you would like to offer to a skilled migrant.

Watch the following video to understand how becoming an Accredited Employer can benefit your organisation and overseas staff:

Becoming an Accredited Employer will make the process of hiring and retaining migrant staff a lot easier, as it will reduce paperwork and increase efficiency when you need it the most.

To become an Accredited Employer, you will need to comply with the following requirements:

  • Sound Financial Position: revenue, profit and equity levels must prove your ability to sustain employment;
  • Human Resources Policies and Processes: must comply with high standards;
  • Commitment to Training Locals: you will be required to demonstrate your intentions to train and employ New Zealand citizens or residence class visa holders when possible;
  • Good Workplace Practices: these include a history of compliance with all immigration and employment New Zealand laws including but not limited to:

- The Immigration Act 2009;
- The Accident Compensation Act 2001;
- The Minimum Wage Act 1983;
- The Health and Safety at Work Act 2015;
- The Employment Relations Act 2000;
- Wages Protection Act 1983;
- Parental Leave and Employment Protection Act 1987;
- The Equal Pay Act 1972;
- The Holidays Act 2003.

The accreditation of a parent company won't cover subsidiary companies. To be accredited, they must apply in their own right.

Benefits of becoming an Accredited Employer?

  • Enhanced reputation with INZ;
  • Ease of hiring skilled overseas staff for crucial jobs;
  • Special category of work visa for accredited employers;
  • Work to Residence-Talent visa applications get prioritised;
  • No labour market test required;
  • Less paperwork for Work to Residence-Talent visas;
  • Residence pathway for employees;
  • Dedicated branch for residence visas.

Benefits for migrants working for an Accredited Employer

  • Workers recruited by an accredited employer will be granted a Work Visa under the Talent (Accredited Employers) Work Instructions. These visas are issued for 30 months;
  • Holders of Talent Work Visas (Accredited Employers) may be granted a residence class visa once they have held a Talent work visa (Accredited Employers), and have worked for an accredited employer for at least 24 months.

If you would like us to publish a specific job vacancy on our website, you can send us an email to info@new-zealand-immigration.com and you will be able to reach thousands of visitors to our website from all over the world every day.

To find out more about becoming an Accredited Employer contact Dr Carsten Hallwass, our Licensed Immigration Adviser who specialises in Employer Accreditation.

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