ACCREDITATION

Accreditation

To be effective in this age of globalisation your business needs expertise to ensure your employees get the right visa as quickly as possible. We offer a full range of services focusing on businesses that need to bring executives, managers, specialists, key personnel and their accompanying family members to New Zealand.

WHY ACCREDITATION?

The New Zealand Government is making a number of changes that will affect employers who want to recruit foreign workers. The changes aim to improve the temporary work visa system by ensuring that foreign workers are only recruited for genuine shortages, while also providing incentives for employers to employ and train more New Zealanders.

In line with the new changes, several major changes in NZ immigration system will be implemented over the next 18 months. The most notable changes will occur across temporary work visas, shifting from applicant-focused to employer-focused. By 2021, all employers will be required to be accredited before they are able to employ a foreign worker.

If you are a New Zealand employer and would like to employ international workers, you probably want to know what is the procedure to employ foreign staff and how to become an accredited employer. Getting accreditation would bring you potential benefits as follows:

BENEFITS TO YOUR ORGANISATION

Being an accredited employer under Immigration Laws assists your organisation to

HOW TO BECOME AN ACCREDITED EMPLOYER?

To become accredited, the employer will need to demonstrate that the organisation meets all of the criteria for accreditation. This includes but not limited to:

  • Having a sound financial position.
  • Having committed to training and employing New Zealanders first.
  • Having a good history of immigration and employment law practice.
  • Having good systems in compliance with health and safety requirements; etc

Once an employer has had their accreditation approved, they will then need to conduct a job check (Labour Market Test) before offering the position a foreign worker. INZ, in this process, will assess whether the job the employer is advertised is genuine, has terms and conditions that are consistent with New Zealand employment standards and that the employer has made a real attempt to recruit a New Zealander. More details with regards to Labour Market Test will be discussed in the next section.

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