Employer Accreditation:

The First Step in Recruiting Migrant Workers

VisaAide can organise employer accreditation for your organisation. Being an accredited employer in New Zealand means you can hire migrant workers – whether they’re overseas or already in NZ.

Employer accreditation is initially valid for 12 months – and when you renew, it’ll be valid for 24 months (except for franchise businesses and labour hire businesses whose renewals are valid for 12 months).

So if you’re looking to grow your business and will need more workers, it’s worth getting started with employer accreditation. Especially if your industry is reliant on migrant workers, or has skills shortages – e.g. construction, civil engineering, and so on.

Types of employer accreditation

There are four types of employer accreditation, depending on the size and nature of your business, as well as how many migrant workers you’re looking to employ.

  1. Standard Accreditation: Allows an employer to support up to five Accredited Employer Work Visa (AEWV) holders at any one time.
  2. High-Volume Accreditation: For employers wishing to support more than five AEWV holders at any one time. This has a higher application fee than Standard Accreditation.
  3. Franchise Accreditation: Allows an employer to support more than five AEWV holders at a time. The organisation must have been trading as a franchise for at least 12 months – or the applicant must have at least 12 months’ experience in another business that sells the same goods and services.

   4. Triangular Accreditation: This is for labour hire companies          and similar. More supporting documentation is required, but         it allows an employer to support more than five AEWV                   holders at a time. The organisation must have a history of              placing staff in New Zealand for the past 12 months.

In all instances, you need to be a viable, genuine business, and meet profitability, cash flow, and capital requirements. You’re ineligible for accreditation if any of the key people in your organisation are on the labour inspectorate stand-down list, or permanently banned from hiring migrants. Your organisation must also be compliant with NZ immigration law, employment law, and business standards.

For Franchise Accreditation and Triangular Accreditation, there are additional rules, including that at least 35% of your staff must be NZ citizens or residents, guaranteed at least 30 hours of work each week.

How to become an accredited employer in NZ

Employer accreditation is managed by Immigration New Zealand. VisaAide can manage your application for you.

Why engage VisaAide to help with accreditation?

The process of becoming an Immigration NZ accredited employer can be a daunting and complicated process if you’re not used to it.

Not only does VisaAide have streamlined, efficient processes that take the burden off your shoulders – but we can also advise on all aspects of immigration and visa issues as part of our service to you.

Plus our partner companies at People Inc can manage the entire international recruitment process – and you’ll have one point of contact throughout, for a seamless accreditation, visa, and recruitment experience.

What happens once you’ve gained company accreditation?

If you’re looking to hire migrant workers, there are various steps in the process, with the next stages being international recruitment, job checks, and then the Accredited Employer Work Visa lodgement.

Here’s an overview of what’s involved – and how the People Inc companies work together to provide a seamless process, with a single point of contact throughout. We can manage the entire process for you, or coach you through it.


Do you need help with employer accreditation?

We specialise in New Zealand visas – contact us for up-to-date advice.

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