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Employer Accreditation

Employer Led 3-Check System

Accreditation is the first step in INZ’s new 3-step process for employing migrant workers in a shift to create a more employer-led immigration system.

Employer Accreditation

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Step 01

Job Check

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Step 02

Visa Application

Step 03

Note: Migrants can continue to work under the conditions of their current visa until it expires (or they no longer meet the conditions of the visa). Employers do not need to make any changes until they want to hire a migrant on an AEWV.

There are 2 levels of compulsory accreditation for companies with standard business models depending on how many AEWV migrants the company employs

Standard Accreditation is required for companies employing up to 5 migrant workers on AEWVs at any one time.

High-volume Accreditation is required for companies employing 6 or more migrant workers at any one time.

Employers holding a standard accreditation can pay a fee to upgrade to a high-volume accreditation if necessary. Both levels of accreditation share the same minimum requirements within the current plan, but INZ has mentioned that additional requirements may be considered in the future for high-volume employers.

Franchisees and Employers

The franchisee accreditation category for the Accredited Employer Work Visa (AEWV) will be disestablished, signaling significant changes for franchisee employers. This decision, announced by the Minister of Immigration in April, follows Cabinet decisions based on a lack of compelling evidence suggesting franchisee employers are more likely to be non-compliant and in need of additional accreditation requirements.

Key Changes

  • The franchisee accreditation category will be disestablished from 16 June 2024.
  • Franchisee employers will have the option to hold either standard, high-volume, or controlling third-party employment accreditation, depending on their circumstances.
  • This change will reduce costs for franchisee employers and put them on an even footing with other businesses operating in the same industry.

The franchisee accreditation category will be disestablished from 16 June 2024.
Franchisee employers will have the option to hold either standard, high-volume, or controlling third-party employment accreditation, depending on their circumstances.
This change will reduce costs for franchisee employers and put them on an even footing with other businesses operating in the same industry.

Action Required

  • Franchisee employers looking to apply for accreditation or currently holding franchisee accreditation need not take immediate action. They can apply for another accreditation type of their choosing after 16 June 2024.
  • Current accredited employers should ensure timely renewal before the expiry of their current accreditation. In most cases, interim accreditation will be granted if the renewal application is pending.
Immigration New Zealand (INZ) will contact employers with franchisee applications in progress to discuss their circumstances.

Available assistance: For personalised guidance and support through the accreditation process, consider reaching out to CC Recruitment. Our experts specialise in accreditation procedures, ensuring compliance, and facilitating a smooth transition to the new accreditation types.

🔗 For more information: https://www.immigration.govt.nz/about-us/media-centre/news-notifications/franchisee-accreditation-category-to-be-removed-in-june-2024

Settlement Support Services

Employers must also provide settlement support for their new workers within one month of starting their employment covering all of the essentials for living and working in New Zealand.

This includes: relevant industry training, specific job or industry hazards, accommodation options, transport options, outlines to the cost of living, how to get an IRD number, how to access healthcare services, an introduction to the Citizens Advice Bureau, and information about relevant community groups.

Failure to Comply

Failure to comply with INZ requirements, or provide evidence upon an INZ audit, may result in your application or renewal being declined, or your accredited employer status being revoked.

Accreditation Length

Employer accreditation for standard businesses lasts 12 months initially, then increases to 24 months upon renewal.

The period of accreditation for franchisees and employers placing workers with controlling third parties remains as a 12-month period when their accreditation is renewed.

Become an Accredited Employer

Get on top of your compulsory accreditation by letting the highly skilled immigration and recruitment team at CCR support you.

Fill out our contact form and one of our team will be in touch with you to see you through the accreditation process and ensure you are ready to hire workers on the new Accredited Employer Work Visa.