How accreditation will change for Talent Accredited Employers

As a Talent Accredited Employer, you will be most affected by the changes to how you employ migrant workers and maintain your accreditation status.

Immediate changes for Talent Accredited Employers

From 7 October we are:

  • increasing the wage or salary that a migrant work must earn to qualify for the Talent (Accredited Employer) Work Visa from NZD $55,000 to NZD $79,650
  • limiting how long newly accredited employers will get accreditation for, and
  • removing the option for a Permanent Resident Visa, in place of a resident visa, for those applying for a Talent (Accredited Employer) Work Visa.

Changes to the Talent (Accredited Employer) Work Visa

A new employer-led visa application process

From 2021, we are replacing 6 existing temporary work visas, including the Talent (Accredited Employer) Work Visa, with a single temporary work visa and removing the current Talent Accredited Employer scheme.

The Talent Accredited Employer scheme will be replaced by a new process for accrediting employers which means that if you want to hire a migrant worker on the new visa, you must be accredited in the new process first.

Employing migrant workers — what is changing

Keeping up to date with the changes

We are still working on how we implement some of the changes including the accreditation process. As more details are finalised we will update our website information.

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We have prepared a factsheet that explains in more detail the changes that are planned and how they affect employers.

Changes to employer-assisted temporary work visas — what does this mean for employers? PDF 9MB

Your existing accreditation stays in place until 2021

There is nothing you need to change now in the way you hire migrants. When the new application process is implemented in 2021 the Talent (Accredited Employer) scheme will no longer exist. We are working through the details of how to transition employers into the new process.

Renewing your existing accreditation before 2021

If you intend to keep using your Talent Accredited Employer accreditation between the time it expires and the new policy coming into force, you should make sure you apply for a renewal in time.

Submit your application 2 to 3 months before your accreditation expires so that we have sufficient time to process it.

Becoming accredited in the new process in 2021

The new process will be phased in in 2021. We are working on a process for transitioning employers to the new accreditation process.

We are taking a phased approach so that not all employers will need to be accredited on the same day. This will help us to streamline your transition into the new system.

The cost of accreditation

We are still working though the final costs which will reflect how much it costs us to process accreditation and visa approvals. We will advise you of the costs well in advance of the new process being implemented.

Types of accreditation

There will be 3 types of accreditation, depending on how many migrants you employ in a 12-month period. They are:

  • standard accreditation — if you employ between 1 and 5 migrants in 12 months
  • high-volume accreditation — if you employ more than 5 employer-assisted migrant workers in 12 months, and
  • labour hire employer accreditation.

How the accreditation process will change

For standard accreditation, the new accreditation process will be simpler to apply for than the existing Talent Accreditation. For high-volume accreditation it will be similar to the current process, although we are looking for ways of streamlining it and reducing the amount of documentation employers need to provide.

How the accreditation process will work

How the changes affect your migrant workers

The conditions and duration of visas your workers already have will not change. You can continue employing them until their visas expire. They can apply for residence if they are eligible under the conditions of their current visa.

Getting residence under the new process

Under the new process, if your migrant workers are paid over 200% of the median wage — that is, they have a high-paid job — they will be able to apply for residence after they have worked in New Zealand for 2 years.


The Skilled Migrant Category Resident Visa and its requirements are not affected by these changes.