The Accredited Employer Work Visa is coming!

Essential Skills work visa will be phased out on 3 July 2022 and replaced the next day 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 applications open from 23 May 2022. Employer accreditation is the first step of the process. 

Once accredited, employers will then need to make a “job check” application to Immigration New Zealand. This is the second step and it proves that no New Zealanders are available to fill a particular position.

The third step is the Accredited Employer Work Visa application itself.  As part of their work visa application, workers will need to prove to Immigration New Zealand that they are being offered a minimum hourly rate of $27.76 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!

From 4 July 2022, your current employees on Essential Skills work visas will only be able to apply for Accredited Employer Work Visas. Your company will first need to be accredited, and you must have completed a “job check” application to Immigration New Zealand, before you can support your workers for visas under the new category.

Visa Matters can help your business become an accredited employer. We will assess your eligibility, identify any gaps, recommend any necessary changes, and help you to 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.

Immigration New Zealand has already released its policy rules for employer accreditation – 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