Update on Employer Accreditation Renewals: Comprehensive Guidance

Update on Employer Accreditation Renewals: Comprehensive Guidance

Renewing Your Employer Accreditation

In commitment to facilitating smooth processes for employers and their advisors, New Zealand Immigration is pleased to introduce new guidance tailored specifically to assist in the renewal of accreditation. 

In the realm of employment and immigration regulations, staying abreast of accreditation requirements is paramount. Here at Immigration Chambers, we understand the importance of maintaining your employer accreditation to facilitate seamless employment processes for migrant workers. 

In this guide, we delve deep into the intricacies of renewing your employer accreditation, outlining key timelines, eligibility criteria, and procedural nuances to ensure a smooth and hassle-free renewal process, ensuring efficiency and clarity for all involved parties.

Understanding Renewal Timelines and Accreditation Types

The first step in the renewal process is grasping the timelines associated with your accreditation. Typically, your initial accreditation is valid for 12 months. However, after this period, you have the opportunity to renew it, thereby extending its validity. It’s crucial to note that the duration of your renewed accreditation varies depending on the accreditation type:

  • Standard Accreditation: Renewal extends your accreditation for an additional 24 months.
  • High-Volume Accreditation: Similar to standard accreditation, renewal grants an additional 24 months of accreditation validity.
  • Franchisee Accreditation or Controlling Third-Party Accreditation: Renewal results in a 12-month validity extension.

Who Should Renew Their Accreditation?

Renewing accreditation is imperative for employers who wish to continue employing overseas workers under the Accredited Employer Work Visa (AEWV) scheme. Whether you are a seasoned employer with an established track record or a new entrant seeking accreditation for the first time, adherence to renewal protocols is essential.

Renewal of accreditation is necessary for employers seeking to engage in various activities involving migrant workers. You should consider renewing your accreditation if you fall into any of the following categories:

  • Intending to employ new workers on an Accredited Employer Work Visa (AEWV).
  • Planning to change accreditation types, such as transitioning from high volume to standard accreditation.
  • Supporting AEWV holders in applying for their AEWV balance or other visa categories necessitating employer accreditation.

However, it’s essential to note that renewal is not obligatory if your organization doesn’t intend to employ new migrants on AEWVs or support AEWV holders with further visa applications.

Best Timing for Application and Timeframes Recommendation

Timing is one of the essence when it comes to accreditation renewal. To avoid any disruptions in your operations, we highly recommend initiating the renewal process at least six weeks before your accreditation is due to expire. This proactive approach not only allows for ample processing time but also mitigates the risk of potential delays. Additionally, staying informed about current wait times by referencing the wait times page ensures you have realistic expectations regarding processing durations.

Providing Evidence for Expedited Processing

Efficiency is a key focus in the accreditation renewal process. To expedite application processing, it is crucial to furnish comprehensive supporting documents upfront. These documents should substantiate the viability and legitimacy of your business or organization, as well as demonstrate compliance with relevant business standards. Additionally, evidence of settlement support for AEWV employees further expedites the processing timeline.

How to Apply for Employer Accreditation

Navigating the application process can be simplified by following the step-by-step guide outlined in the provided guidance how to apply. From initiating the application to submitting supporting documentation, each stage is meticulously explained to facilitate a seamless experience for employers and their advisors.

For expeditious processing and to avoid unnecessary delays, we urge applicants to adhere closely to the guidelines outlined in the provided resource. Failure to provide requisite information upfront may result in prolonged processing times, hindering the timely renewal of accreditation.

Implications of Not Renewing Your Accreditation

Failing to renew your accreditation can have significant repercussions on your organization’s ability to engage with migrant workers. Upon expiry, your accreditation ceases to be valid, limiting your capacity to:

  • Employ migrants under existing visa arrangements until their visas expire.
  • Apply for new Job Checks to hire additional workers or support existing workers with visa applications.
  • Extend support for migrant workers applying for various visa categories.

Furthermore, any unused Job Check tokens associated with your accreditation will expire upon its expiry, underscoring the importance of timely renewal.

Streamlining the Renewal Process

We understand the importance of efficiency in the renewal process. To expedite your accreditation renewal, follow these streamlined steps:

  1. Log in to Immigration Online: Access your account to initiate the renewal process seamlessly.
  2. Navigate to the Renewal Section: Under the ‘Employ Migrants’ tab, locate the ‘My accredited organizations’ section to begin your renewal application.
  3. Submit Required Documents: To facilitate swift processing, ensure all requisite supporting documents, as outlined in the ‘Evidence to provide’ section, are uploaded along with your application.
  4. Payment: Pay the applicable fee to complete your renewal application.

Interim Employer Accreditation

In certain circumstances where renewal processing overlaps with accreditation expiry, New Zealand Immigration offers interim 3-month accreditations to bridge the gap. Eligibility for interim accreditation is contingent upon meeting specific criteria, including timely submission of renewal applications and adherence to accreditation type requirements.


Our updated guidance on employer accreditation renewals serves as a valuable resource for employers and their advisors, facilitating a streamlined and efficient renewal process. By adhering to the outlined protocols and providing comprehensive documentation upfront, employers can ensure timely renewal of accreditation, enabling continued participation in the AEWV scheme. 

Renewing your employer accreditation is not just a regulatory obligation; it’s a testament to your commitment to fostering a diverse and inclusive workforce. By adhering to the renewal guidelines outlined above, you ensure continuity in your organization’s ability to engage with migrant workers seamlessly. 

Incorporating these recommendations into your renewal strategy not only expedites the process but also underscores your commitment to compliance and efficiency. For any further assistance or inquiries regarding the renewal process, feel free to reach out to our Licensed Immigration Advisers Auckland. Renew your accreditation with confidence and pave the way for a seamless employment journey with Immigration Chambers.