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Accredited Employer

Employer Accreditation is an important international recruitment and retention tool for any New Zealand employer. Many of our clients have utilised this policy to realise the significant benefits associated with this status.

In essence, gaining accreditation entails completion of immigration formalities even before you recruit. Therefore as long as your candidate fits into the criteria, Immigration New Zealand is deemed to have given you pre-approval to recruit. Hence, you not only save on expenses likely to be incurred on the recruitment process but also stand to mitigate the risk of not having been able to select the right candidate for your business, from Immigration point of view.

A brief overview of accreditation has been mentioned below.

Definition of an ‘accredited employer’

An accredited employer is a New Zealand employer who has had an application for accreditation to employ persons under the Talent (Accredited Employers) Work Instructions approved by INZ.


The objective of the Talent (Accredited Employers) Work Instructions is to allow accredited employers to supplement their own New Zealand workforce in their core area of business activity through:

  1. the recruitment of workers who are not New Zealand citizens or residence class visa holders whose talents are required by the employer; and
  2. the accredited employer having direct responsibility for those employees and their work output.


If your business has a regular need for overseas skilled workers, obtaining Accredited Employer status from Immigration New Zealand (INZ) could streamline what is often a laborious process in the pursuit of your potential employee being issued a work visa. The policy provides for a temporary multiple-entry 30 month Work Visa which has the potential to lead to permanent residence as part of the Work to Residence category. The most significant benefit for an employer holding accredited status is to not having to illustrate whether a New Zealander can do the work – this is often an expensive and time-consuming task. This category enjoys faster processing timeframes with less documentation.

How to become an accredited employer

During the assessment of your accreditation application, Immigration New Zealand will need to be satisfied that your business has:

  • A sound financial position;
  • Good human resource practices;
  • Good workplace practices;
  • Commitment to train and employ New Zealanders.

Requirements under immigration instructions

To be eligible to be employed by an accredited employer, an overseas person must:

  • be aged 55 years or under;
  • meet immigration health and character requirements; and
  • be a bona fide applicant intending to comply with their visa conditions.

Offers of employment by an accredited employer to an overseas person must be:

  • for genuine employment in New Zealand in the capacity or position stated;
  • for employment in the accredited employer’s core area of business activity, and for which the accredited employer will have direct responsibility for the employee’s work output;
  • for a position with a minimum salary of NZ$79560 (based on a 40 hour week and not including any employment-related benefits like uniforms or medical insurance);
  • for at least 24 months;
  • for full-time employment i.e., amounting to, on average, at least 30 hours per week;
  • current at the time the work visa application is assessed by INZ, and at the time the overseas person is granted a multiple entry visa;
  • compliant with relevant employment law in New Zealand, including a written employment agreement that contains the necessary statutory specified terms and conditions, meet holiday and special leave requirements and other minimum statutory criteria and occupational safety and health obligations; and
  • when submitted to INZ, accompanied by evidence of full or provisional registration (or of eligibility for registration) if registration is required by law for that person to take up the offer.

The documentation required to apply for accreditation is relatively extensive, but we can provide you with advice on the entire process and assist you in getting accreditation. If you would like to discuss the possibility of your business becoming an accredited employer, what it involves or whether you qualify, please email at contact@nzimmigration.info or call us today on +64 +64 9 379 0219

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