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Your trusted partner in achieving accreditation

Under the current immigration policy in New Zealand, accreditation with Immigration New Zealand is now mandatory for all employers seeking to hire migrants on employer-assisted work visas. This means that an Accredited Employer Work Visa (AEWV) is required for migrants to start working for your organization.

Why Accreditation Matters

Our experienced team understands that successfully applying for employer accreditation is crucial for long-term employee retention and business continuity. It is essential to give your business the best chance of approval, ensuring you can continue to explore employment options with migrant workers.

Accreditation involves a the 3-step process

Step 1: Employer Accreditation. 

To hire migrants, employers must be accredited with Immigration New Zealand. This step is designed to ensure that employers meet minimum requirements to support migrants and comply with employment and immigration laws.

Step 2: Job Check. 

The job offered to a migrant must meet specific criteria. It should pay at least the median wage and have terms and conditions that comply with New Zealand employment law. In some cases, a labour market test may also be required.

Step 3: Work Visa Application. 

Migrant workers must meet Immigration New Zealand's character, identity, and health requirements. They must also possess the relevant skills and experience for the role offered.


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Immigration New Zealand will evaluate several key areas of your business during the accreditation application process. It's essential to provide the correct documentation from the outset to address these areas effectively.


The assessment will focus on whether your business:

  1. Is in a sound financial position - to determine if the employment is sustainable.

  2. Has human resource policies and processes of a high standard.

  3. Has good workplace practices, including a history of compliance with all immigration and employment New Zealand laws.

  4. Has a demonstrable commitment to training New Zealand citizens or residence class visa holders (to ensure they are engaged in training and up-skilling New Zealanders and form a significant part of their workforce).


We recognize that every business is unique, regardless of size, from large corporates to small businesses. With this in mind, our team will work closely with you to ensure that the documentation provided in your application is of the highest standard and meets all requirements. We understand that many businesses may lack sufficient documentation in these areas, and we have the resources to assist viable candidates.

Employer accreditation is a critical step in ensuring your business can hire migrant workers, and we are here to support you every step of the way. Contact us today to get started on your journey towards accreditation and successful employee recruitment.

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Tim McSweeney

Immigration Lawyer


Kera WanG

Senior Consultant

Head of Asia Business


Kim Saran Lee

Immigration Lawyer


Danica Bandojo

Immigration Consultant


Sophya Guimarães

Immigration Consultan

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