The Accredited Employer Work Visa has landed!

Essential Skills work visa was phased out in early July 2022 and replaced by the Accredited Employer Work Visa.

From 4 July 2022, all employers who wish to support work visa applications must first be accredited with Immigration New Zealand.  Employer accreditation is the first step of a three-stage process.

Once accredited, employers will then need to make a “job check” application to Immigration New Zealand. This proves that no New Zealanders are available to fill a particular position. Advertising may be required.

The third step is the Accredited Employer Work Visa application itself.  As part of their work visa application, workers need to prove to Immigration New Zealand that they are being offered a minimum hourly rate of $27.76 (for most occupations) and that they have the qualifications and work experience required to do the job.

If your company already has employees on Essential Skills work visas, or you need to hire workers from overseas because New Zealanders are not available, the Accredited Employer Work Visa is for you!

Visa Matters can help your business become an accredited employer. We will assess your eligibility, identify any gaps, recommend any necessary changes, and lodge your application to become an accredited employer. Once approved, we can help you lodge a “job check” application, then your employee’s Accredited Employer Work Visa application.

Contact Visa Matters today for an assessment of whether your company meets Immigration New Zealand’s requirements to become an accredited employer.

We can help your company comply with complex New Zealand Immigration Law. Apart from the above three applications, we can also provide help with:​

  • Recruitment services – Finding suitably qualified staff for New Zealand employers
  • Immigration assistance during the transfer of employees (within New Zealand or from anywhere else globally to New Zealand)
  • All types of work visa applications including renewals
  • All types of resident visa applications
  • In-house immigration training for your HR staff
  • Visa problems such as responding to any letters of concern (PPI letters) from Immigration New Zealand
  • Section 61 requests (for those who are unlawfully in New Zealand)
  • Ministerial Interventions & Special Directions
  • Ombudsman complaints
  • Appeals to the Immigration and Protection Tribunal (IPT)
  • Career Services for your staff – CV writing, cover letters, interview preparation, and LinkedIn profiles