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Migrant Workers and Employers in New Zealand

New Zealand Employers Hiring Overseas Workers

If you’ve been struggling to recruit local workers in your business, you may be able to hire workers from other countries to help fill certain roles in your business.

When hiring overseas workers, an employer must meet certain criteria to be able to offer a role and ensure that your new employees can work legally in New Zealand.

Understanding your requirements and responsibilities when hiring foreign workers is crucial but can feel overwhelming.

Our team at Immigration Chambers can help employers, including corporate and large employers to ensure they are meeting all of the necessary requirements including employer accreditation and ensuring their potential
new employee has the correct visa.

We can help make growing your business with migrant workers easier.

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Employer Requirements

Employing Overseas Workers in New Zealand

Before an employer can recruit a migrant worker in their business, a number of things need to be considered and completed.

First, an employer must ensure that have tried to fill the vacant roles in their business with the local New Zealand workforce.

You must also ensure that the migrant worker you plan to hire has the right visa to work for you. If they already have a visa with open work rights, you may be able to hire them, however, if they require a visa, you will need to become an Accredited Employer.

As the employer, the onus falls on you for ensuring you’re hiring someone who can legally work for you, so working with immigration advisors, like Immigration Chambers can make the process a lot easier for you.

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Employer Requirements

What a New Zealand Employer Must Know

When an employer in New Zealand hires migrant workers, it’s important that they are aware of their obligations. Two key obligations are:

  • Not only do you need to comply with New Zealand’s immigration laws when you hire foreign workers, but you also need to comply with New Zealand’s employment laws and ensure that you understand the terms and conditions of employment for a migrant candidate are the same as those for a New Zealand resident or citizen.
  • It’s important to be aware that as an employer, unless you are a licensed immigration adviser, you cannot provide advice on immigration matters, including advising which visa is right for them. You can provide information of licensed immigration advisers who can assist.

At Immigration Chambers, we can help you ensure you meet all of your obligations as an employer.

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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.

Hiring migrant workers may feel like an overwhelming process but with our support, we can take the pain out of the process and ensure that you can find the workers you need for your business. Our team is here to assist you with meeting your requirements.

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.

We understand immigration matters are overwhelming and stressful, so we’re here to take the hassle out of the process for you.

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.

Frequently Asked Questions


Contact us today for an initial enquiry

We are New Zealand’s largest and most experienced team of licensed immigration advisers. Our experts will take away the stress and worry of navigating the complicated world of immigration. All you need to do is get in touch. Our team is on standby, ready to help.

Feedback From Our Clients

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.

“I would highly recommend Immigration Chambers for its quality service and reasonable fees. I found Shiv and David very cooperative and Proactive. I am very happy with the results I have received for my partnership Visa. The whole process was stress free and very smooth. I wish all the best for the whole team 👍🏻.”
Tenji Dolma
Tenji Dolma
I highly recommend the Immigration Chamber for the quality of their work!! Thanks to Valerie I got my student visa in record time. Her availability, her follow-up and her dedication have made a real difference for me. If I have one more thing to tell you all is that if you have any kinds of request regarding immigration, do not hesitate and contact them!!
Guillaume Mallet
Guillaume Mallet
“I am very grateful to the Immigration Chambers for their help with my difficult case, they did everything professionally, on time and we are happy with the result. Will recommend for sure !)”
Angelika Sigaenko
Angelika Sigaenko
“I highly recommend David and his team. My partner got visa after 2 year waiting. We received PPI, IC helped us solve it. They are very professional and friendly. Excellent service.”
Sammanuel Nguyen
Sammanuel Nguyen
“Our residency has finally been approved recently and it’s a big relief after 26 months waiting in uncertianty. Thanks for the very honest and professional services from Immigration Chambers, especially Wilson, my main contact. He was very caring and guided us through this difficult journey. Really appreciated!”
Jane Guo
Jane Guo