Accredited Employers

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

Once an employer is accredited, the process of employing overseas talent becomes a lot easier for both, the New Zealand employer and the migrant.


Announced 7th May:
New Employer Accreditation Policy changes for this year!

Our Senior Licensed Immigration Adviser will be holding a Webinar for New Zealand Employers on

Friday 25th June at 9am

to explain the policy changes and what the new process will entail. Register your interest now to join.


Summary of changes:

  • On the 30th of June the current Accredited Employer policies will close to new and renewing applications. Employers accredited under the current system must apply and meet the policy requirements of the new accreditation system
  • There will be a new Accredited Employer Work Visa (AEWV), which will be introduced on the 1st of November 2021 and will replace 6 existing temporary work visa categories
  • All employers will need to be Accredited before they can hire a migrant on an Accredited Employer Work Visa
  • A new employer-led system will also be introduced that is aimed to simplify the application process to make it easier for businesses and regions to fill skills shortages for which there is clearly no New Zealander available to do the job, or be trained to fill the role.

What does this mean for New Zealand employers?

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

Once you are an Accredited Employer, you do not have to prove that no suitable New Zealander is available to fill the position you would like to offer to an overseas candidate. 

This means that you can employ a skilled migrant without having to go through the often difficult Labour Market Test.

Becoming an Accredited Employer comes with many benefits:
Enhanced reputation with INZ
Ease of hiring skilled overseas staff for crucial jobs
Special category of work visa for accredited employers
Support work visa applications for multiple overseas workers while you are
No need to provide an Employer Supplementary Form in support of your
candidates visa application
Work to Residence Accredited Employer visa applications are prioritised
No labour market test required
Residence pathway for employees
Dedicated INZ branch for residence visas

How can you become an Accredited Employer?

To become accredited, you have to submit an application for accreditation to employ persons under the Talent (Accredited Employers) Work policy approved by INZ. 

You must take direct responsibility for the workers you employ, and pay a minimum base salary of NZD $79,560. Before your new recruits can start working for you, they must obtain a work visa, which you will need to support.

With your application you have to demonstrate that you comply with the following
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
Training and employing New Zealand citizens or residence class visa holders when possible
Good Workplace Practices
A history of compliance with all immigration and employment New Zealand laws

You need to meet these accredited employer criteria throughout the whole term of your

Apply to become an Accredited Employer

We have helped many New Zealand employers with their accreditation application.

Find out how we can help you become an accredited employer and employ skilled migrants.

What does this mean for migrant job seekers?

A job offer from an Accredited Employer can make the visa application process a lot easier for you. By going through the process of becoming accredited, the employer has already shown an interest in attracting overseas skills.

The Accredited Employer work visa starts as a temporary visa for 30 months but it provides a residency pathway after 24 months.

Accredited Employers can employ a skilled migrant without having to do a labour market test. This will lower potential employer hesitation, making it easier for you to obtain the necessary job offer. 

The Accredited Employer Pathway to Residence:
If an accredited employer offers you full-time work, you may be eligible for an Accredited Employer Work Visa,
with a possible pathway to residence.
Accredited Employer Work Visa
A visa to work for an accredited employer, if you have a job offer from an accredited employer.
To be eligible for a work visa under the Talent (Accredited Employers) Work policy you must:
  • hold an offer of employment in New Zealand from an accredited employer*
  • be aged 55 years of under
  • meet the health and character requirements for residence
  • meet the requirements for bona fide applicants
  • meet the general requirements for lodging a visa
Residence from Work Visa
A resident visa for people who have been employed in New Zealand by an accredited employer for more than 2 years.
You might be able to apply for a residence visa after the work visa if:
  • you have have held a work visa granted under this policy for a period of at least 24 months
  • you have been employed in New Zealand throughout a period of 24 months, by any accredited employer*
  • your job meets minimum salary requirements (NZ$79,560 since 7 October 2019, or NZ$55,000 before that date)
  • you hold full or provisional registration, if full or provisional registration is required to practice in your the occupation
  • you meet health and character requirements.

Requirements of the Job Offer

The offer of employment must meet the following strict requirements:

  • from an accredited employer
  • for employment in New Zealand
  • in the employers core area of business activity
  • where the employer will have direct responsibility for their work output
  • for a period of at least 24 months
  • for full-time employment (at least 30 hours a week)
  • current at the time of assessing the application and at the time of visa grant
  • for a position with a minimum base salary of NZ$79,560
  • accompanied by evidence of full or provisional registration, or eligibility for such registration (if lawfully required to take the offer)
  • compliant with all relevant employment law in New Zealand
  • with an employer who has a history of compliance with employment law, and not included on a list of non-compliant employers maintained by the Labour Inspectorate

a note from our licensed immigration advisers

Interested in the accredited pathway as a migrant?

Complete our Free Assessment for an assessment of your chances of obtaining a visa for New Zealand.

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