Immigration Employer Accreditation
Immigration New Zealand is about to implement major changes that will impact your ability to support and retain migrant workers.
If you employ staff on work visas or plan to hire migrant staff in the future – here are the key facts that you need to know:
From 1 November 2021, Employer Accreditation with Immigration New Zealand will be compulsory for all employers who want to support their migrant workers’ work visas.
Changes are also being made to the types of visas available, the level of compliance required for accreditation.
After 30 June 2012, you will not be able to apply for or renew accreditation under the current schemes.
Remuneration thresholds will increase. The implementation date has not yet been confirmed but is likely to be 1 July.
Applications for the new accreditation scheme are expected to open in late September.
Your staff can only apply for Essential Work Visas and Work to Residence until 31 October 2021.
Your business cannot support Temporary Work Visa applications after 1 November, unless you are accredited with Immigration New Zealand.
Immigration New Zealand is currently estimating a one-month lead time to process accreditation applications from businesses with less than five migrant staff.
Accreditation applications for more than five migrant staff will require more robust documentation, with processing likely to take several months.
You will be required to provide detailed evidence of your efforts to recruit, train and retain New Zealand citizens and residents, and your genuine need to hire a migrant.
Under compulsory employer accreditation, employers will have to prove their business is compliant by handing over extensive documentation, which could include:
- Evidence that your business is in a strong financial position.
- Time and wage records.
- Policies and procedures.
- A strategic workforce plan.
- Evidence of recruitment, retention, and training.
- Remuneration strategy and evidence of fair pay.
- Employment agreements.
- Job descriptions.
- Health and safety records.
This documentation will be vetted by an employer verification team at the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment.
Up to 30,000 employers will need to apply for accreditation.
The details of some of these changes are still evolving, and further changes may be announced.
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How We Can Support You
If you employ migrant workers or plan to in the future, we strongly encourage you to start preparing for the immigration changes now. This is particularly important if you have critical workers whose work visas are due to expire within the next two years.
Neazor Brady specialises in providing HR and immigration support for the employers of migrant workers. Our highly experienced team of HR specialists and Licensed Immigration Advisers will help you navigate the immigration changes by ensuring your HR systems and processes are fully compliant and you are well supported through the employer accreditation process.
We encourage you to let us review your HR systems before you apply for Immigration Employer Accreditation - to ensure you are in the strongest position possible to have your application approved.
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