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CHECKLIST for Franchisee Employers Applying for Accreditation

CHECKLIST for Franchisee Employers Applying for Accreditation

Immigration New Zealand has incorporated new rules likely to require employers to be accredited before actually hiring any migrant worker on the new Accredited Employer Work Visa.

According to the new rules, all employers must obtain accreditation to hire a migrant worker on an employer-assisted work visa. This is the first stage of a three-stage process in which Immigration New Zealand evaluates the employer, the labour market, and eventually the worker. Employers who are not accredited will not be able to hire migrants on employer-assisted work visas.

Defining Franchisee employers

A franchise is a business model in which a franchisor allows franchisees to operate template operations of their original business in various locations. Furthermore, a franchisor might well grant various rights to their franchisees, such as intellectual property licenses and required upskilling opportunities. These franchises also require people to run their businesses successfully. Thus, hiring comes as an integral part of their business acceleration.

How Franchisee employers can apply for accreditation?

All employers applying for accreditation are required to meet the checklist of a standard accreditation type. After those steps are completed successfully, there are additional steps franchise employers need to follow to get their accreditation. Here is the checklist you must adhere to for franchise employer accreditation.

  1. Your organization’s New Zealand Business Number (NZBN) is required to begin the process. Once the number is put in, the company information will be filled in automatically from the NZBN register. If any modification is required, you can do it on their website as well.
  2. Your organization’s Business Industry Classification (BIC) Code is the next thing you will be required to proceed with.
  3. Details such as full name, date of birth, and passport number of the key people i.e director, and partners of the organization are also required to be added.
  4.  The IRD number of your organization is also mandatory to complete the process.
  5. Once the details are put in, you must pay the application fees.
  6. To make a declaration, you will be asked to submit documents that will prove the merit of your business i.e the documents of start-up capital funding, GST returns, etc. You also have to declare that you will be helping the AEWV holders with the necessary support required after they join your company.

Additional requirements for franchisee employer accreditation

  1. In addition to meeting standard accreditation requirements, you must also confirm if your company has functioned as a franchisee for at least 12 months before applying for accreditation.
  2. You must also declare that 15% of your workforce are New Zealand citizens and are guaranteed at least 30 hours of paid work per week.
  3. As an integral part of this process, the franchisee must also submit the letter from the franchiser and document evidence like certificates of occupancy, bank transactions, tax records, etc. Submission of these documents will help them prove their authenticity as franchisees.

Eager to know more about the process? Contact Immigration Advisers New Zealand Ltd. at [email protected] or call on +64 09 3790219 to get all the required information. Our experienced team of Licensed Immigration Advisers will be happy to guide you.

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