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.

What does this mean for you as migrant job seeker?

A job offer from an Accredited Employer can make the visa application process a lot easier for you.

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 and make it easier for you to obtain a job offer.

By going through the process of becoming accredited, the employer has already shown an interest in attracting overseas skills.

Work to residence: A pathway to becoming a permanent resident in New Zealand.

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 one.

Accredited Employer 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.

Work Visa under the Talent (Accredited Employers) Work Policy

To be eligible for a work visa under the Talent (Accredited Employers) Work policy you must:

The Offer of Employment

The offer of employment must meet all of the following strict requirements.
  • from an accredited employer;
  • for employment in New Zealand;
  • in the employer's 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, (that is at least 30 hours per week);
  • current at the time of assessing the application and at the time of grant of the visa;
  • for a position with a minimum base salary of NZ$79,560 per annum;
  • accompanied by evidence of full or provisional registration, or eligibility for such registration, if full or provisional registration is required by law to take up the offer;
  • compliant with all relevant employment law in force in New Zealand;
  • with an employer who has a history of compliance with employment law and who is not included on a list of non-compliant employers maintained by the Labour Inspectorate.

Resident Visa under the Talent (Accredited Employers) Work Policy

Once you have held a work visa granted under the Talent (Accredited Employers) policy, you might be able to apply for a residence visa if:

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What does this mean for you as New Zealand employer?

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, including but not limited to;

  • 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 accredited
  • No need to provide an Employer Supplementary Form in support of your candidate's 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.

With your application you have to demonstrate that you comply with the following requirements:

Sound financial position

Sound Financial Position

Revenue, profit and equity levels must prove your ability to sustain employment
Human resources policies and proceszes

Human Resources Policies and Processes

Must comply with high standards
Sound financial position

Commitment to Training Locals

Training and employing New Zealand citizens or residence class visa holders when possible
Human resources policies and proceszes

Good Workplace Practices

A history of compliance with all immigration and employment New Zealand laws

Please note:

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

Before your new recruits can start working for you, they must obtain a work visa, which you will need to support.

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INTERESTED IN becoming accredited?

To find out more about becoming an Accredited Employer contact our Senior Licensed Immigration Adviser Dr. Carsten Hallwass.

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Anna was worth her weight in gold---she was fantastic at helping me format my CV and search for jobs that suited my skill set.  In the end, I got a great job in a great city.  Carsten and his team were very thorough and helpful when it came time to apply for and get our visas. They are now helping us with our resident visas, and I'm certain that the process will be the same. I'd recommend them highly.

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NZIC guided me all the way through getting my first work visa to permanent residency. Their job seeking support was key when I first arrived in NZ, communication was always easy and clear. I'm very thankful for their help and definitely recommend their services.

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