• Become an Accredited Employer with NZ Visa Connections

    Become an Accredited Employer with NZ Visa Connections

Applications for the new compulsory Employer Accreditation scheme open from 23rd May 2022, with the new associated work visa launching on 4th July.

This new scheme has 3 key stages – The Employer Check (becoming an Accredited Employer), The Job Check and The Migrant Check (the Accredited Employer work visa application).

NZ Visa Connections understands the requirements for all 3 stages and can work with you to achieve a successful outcome. Our individual service guides you through the obligations of the scheme, identifying potential problems and solutions.

We are passionate about supporting employers to build their business with the staff they need. We understand that it is critical to have staff who are skilled, competent, and motivated to work for you.

Stage 1 – Employer Check

Employer Accreditation will involve demonstrating to Immigration New Zealand (INZ) that you are a genuinely operating business with a sound financial position. You will need to show the steps you take to reduce migrant exploitation, that you are compliant with all relevant legislation and that you provide adequate settlement support to migrant staff.

There are 2 levels of accreditation depending on how many migrants you anticipate hiring over the accreditation period (high volume for 6+ migrants, standard for 5 or below). In addition, there are extra requirements for franchise and labour hire companies. Businesses will be accredited for an initial 12-month period, then will renew their accreditation every two years (Labour Hire and Franchise will renew every 12 months).

How we can help

Even though we are waiting for the complete policy from INZ; we can start work with you now.

Our accreditation pathway can include (on a case-by-case basis)

  • Review of your workplace including, for example, policies and procedures, current financial status and the ability to support migrant settlement.
  • Identifying possible gaps and planning with you on how to rectify these, including potential onward referrals to our preferred partners.
  • A detailed overview of your business to go alongside your application, allowing INZ to see with ease your ability to meet their criteria.
  • Provision of a comprehensive Migrant Settlement Package that you can customise to your business.
  • Management of the application process, collating required documentation and lodging your application online.
  • Ongoing advocacy for your business with INZ until the process is complete.

Our professional fees for Accreditation are: 

Standard & High Volume $2325 (+gst)
Franchise & Labour Hire  $4750 (+gst)


Immigration New Zealands’ application fees are:


(up to 5 migrants at any one time)


(6 or more migrants at any one time)

Franchise Companies $1980
Labour Hire $3870


Stage 2 – Job Check

Once your business has achieved accreditation you move onto the Job Check stage. You can only get to stage 3  – the work visa – if you have passed the Job Check.Job Checks are paid for by the employer and show a number of key criteria have been met (role pays market rate, complies with employment law and a labour market test has been done, if required).Each Job Check is valid for 6 months and can be used for multiple migrant work visas if you have more than 1 vacancy for the same role. The roles must have the same details – e.g. same pay rate, same job title, same location etc. So, if you want to fill multiple identical positions its just one Job Check. If multiple positions are filled by migrants they all count towards the number of workers allowed under your level of accreditation (standard or high volume). Some job checks require a Labour Market Test to be completed as part of the job check.

Do I need a Labour Market Test as part of a Job Check?

The Labour Market Test (LMT) shows that you have tried and failed to hire a New Zealand citizen or resident before offering the role to a migrant. You will not need a LMT if:

  • the job pays 200% of the median wage which is currently NZD $27 an hour

All other jobs must have a Labour Market Test and must pay at least the median wage. This will be $27.76/hr. Immigration New Zealand are considering whether they may waive the median wage requirements for some roles but this is not yet decided.If you do need to conduct a LMT, there are very specific criteria you must meet for your advertising and the role you are offering. If you do not meet these various criteria your Job Check could be declined and your ability to offer the work visa delayed.We can help your business provide the correct evidence to sail through each Job Check you may need.The INZ fee for a job check will be $610. Our fee is yet to be determined, we will advise you of this once more of the policy details around this are available.

Stage 3 – Migrant Check

Accredited Employer Work Visa

Once your business has successfully completed Stages 1 & 2 your migrant candidate of choice can apply for their new work visa – The Accredited Employer Work Visa. This final step is generally paid for by the migrant and involves a series of checks around their personal information.INZ will want to verify

  • Their Identity documents & details
  • Do they meet the acceptable standard of health for their visa type/
  • Do they have any character issues? Previous convictions, issues with previous visa applications etc
  • Do they have the right qualifications or previous work experience for the role?
  • Are they Bona fide?

Once the visa application is lodged it will link up with the accreditation and relevant job check for your business. The applicant will be assessed and a decision made on their visa.