Accredited Employer Services

Help to become an accredited employer in New Zealand

As part of the new Accredited Employer Work Visa process, employers in New Zealand who want to employ migrant workers are required to be accredited and complete a job check before offering a job. 

Employer accreditation

To become an accredited employer in New Zealand, you must apply for accreditation with Immigration New Zealand. There are different types of accreditations for different sizes and types of businesses. The most common categories are

  • standard accreditation – for up to 5 migrant employees
  • high volume accreditation – for 6 or more migrant employees. 

To be an accredited employer in New Zealand, you must show that you meet financial viability requirements 

  • not making a loss over the last 2 years
  • have a positive cash flow
  • have enough capital to remain in business
  • have a business plan. 

You must also complete employer accreditation modules with MBIE and show compliance with employment law in NZ (including not being on an MBIE stand-down list or permanently banned from employing migrant workers). 

Contact IDESI LEGAL to see which level of accreditation is right for your business. If you’re not sure how to become an accredited employer in New Zealand, we can help with all the paperwork and legal processes.

Job check

In order for any migrant staff you employ to qualify for an Accredited Employer Work Visa, you need to complete a job check with INZ. 

To complete a job check, you must

  • show that you are an accredited employer 
  • have a valid job offer 
  • advertise the role (unless Green List or Highly Paid exceptions apply)
  • the ANZSCO code is valid. 

Once a job check is approved by INZ a token is provided to the employer. A migrant job employee can then use this to apply for an Accredited Employer Work Visa.

If Immigration New Zealand does not approve a job check, an employer can request a reconsideration from Immigration New Zealand. 

It’s not straightforward

Both employer accreditation and the job check need to comply with New Zealand employment and immigration law. 

To become an accredited employer in New Zealand, you need to agree to comply with New Zealand employment law. For accreditation, you also have to show you are financially viable. 

Immigration New Zealand may decline a job check if it does not consider the job offer valid, if the advertising was not done correctly, or if INZ decides there are suitable New Zealanders available to fill the role. 

For both the employer accreditation and job check, you need to get it right. Please contact IDESI LEGAL to discuss your circumstances and how we can help with the processes. 

At IDESI LEGAL we provide help for migrants to New Zealand and New Zealand employers. If you’re employing migrants to NZ, get in touch.
Call 04 461 6018  for expert accredited employer application support.

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