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Compliance with New Zealand Immigration & Employment Law

Employer Compliance When Hiring Migrant Workers

When you employ migrant workers in New Zealand, you must ensure that you are compliant with both the immigration and employment laws of New Zealand.

Employing workers from overseas is a common practice and can help stimulate the economic growth or New Zealand, while also offering the worker an incredible opportunity. However, before you can do employ them you must ensure you’re compliant.

You can find compliance information regarding the employment of migrant workers in New Zealand on this page. You can also discuss your options and seek our assistance too.

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New Zealand Employer Compliance

Local Labour Shortages

While there are many opportunities and avenues available for migrant workers to work in New Zealand, as an employer, you must ensure that a local New Zealander is unable to fill the position before you can offer the role to a migrant worker.

The aim is to ensure that we’re providing New Zealand residents and citizens with the opportunity to contribute to the sustainable growth of New Zealand and ensure they too can have the opportunity to benefit from gainful employment in New Zealand.

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New Zealand Employer Compliance

Offering a Role to a Migrant Worker

Before hiring a migrant worker, it’s extremely important that you ensure they have the legal right to work in New Zealand. This responsibility falls with the employer.

A migrant worker does not necessarily have to have a valid visa at the time they have been offered a role, however they must have an appropriate approved visa by the time they commence working for you.

They must be able to provide you with proof that they have valid working rights, and this can be in the form of a valid visa in their passport, an eVisa, an Australian Passport or other approved travel documents.

Many current New Zealand visas offer working rights, however, it’s important to confirm this as the penalties for hiring a person who cannot legally work in New Zealand can be significant.

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New Zealand Employer Compliance

Employment Terms and Conditions

Under New Zealand immigration law, migrant workers must be afforded the same terms of employment as a New Zealand citizen or resident. This includes the same workplace standards and hourly rates.

Th exploitation of migrant workers can result in very serious consequences for an employer, including fines and sanctions such as being unable to hire migrant workers for a period of time. In very serious cases of breaching these terms, an employer could also face imprisonment.

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New Zealand Employer Compliance

Immigration Advice

In New Zealand, immigration advice is highly regulated and must not be advised upon unless you are a licensed Immigration Advisor, New Zealand Lawyer, or a staff member of the Citizens Advice Bureau.

Immigration advice is so highly regulated because it can be extremely complex and updated on a regular basis.

This means, as an employer, you cannot advise on visa categories that you believe to be suitable for a person’s circumstances, nor can you advise on the documentation or forms required. You can, however, point a person to publicly available information and to the services of an immigration advisor or lawyer.

This ensures that when mistakes are less likely to occur, and migrant workers can successfully apply to work in New Zealand with the right information.

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How Immigration Chambers Can Help

Immigration law can be complex and overwhelming, but here at Immigration Chambers, we’re here to make understanding your options and ensuring you meet all the necessary requirements as an employer a lot easier.

Our team of immigration specialists include accredited immigration lawyers and licensed immigration advisers who are not only vastly experienced in all manner of immigration law matters but are also well versed in the latest immigration laws and restrictions for New Zealand.

If you’re an employer looking to hire migrant workers, we can work with both you and your potential employee to ensure that their application to work in New Zealand is as accurate and stress-free as possible.

We can assess your situation and ensure you’re submitting the correct information, that you meet the necessary requirements, and that your potential employers are applying for the right type of visa.

Why Choose Immigration Chambers for New Zealand Immigration matters?

Here’s why people choose Immigration Chambers for assistance with immigration and visas for New Zealand:

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We make the process easier

Immigration and visa matters are often complex but we’re here to take the stress and confusion out of the process and ensure that you have the right information for your situation.

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Expert Advice

Our team is made up of qualified immigration experts – both immigration lawyers and immigration advisers. Our knowledge is up-to-date and accurate.

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Exception Results

We pride ourselves on being able to advise businesses and individuals on all aspects of immigration law and ensure that our advice leads to successful outcomes.

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Clear Communication

We will always keep you up to date with the latest news and any changes to policies and laws that could impact your visa application.

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