Apply to become an accredited employer

To become accredited, you’ll need to be able show us you meet all of the criteria for accreditation – you can do this by providing the evidence we ask for. Before we make a decision about your accreditation application, we may consult with relevant New Zealand unions and other government agencies.

What you need to do

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Financial position

You must be in a sound financial position

The following factors may be taken into consideration when determining whether this requirement is met:

  • the period for which the organisation has been established as a going concern
  • financial indicators such as revenue, profit and equity levels
  • reserve capital
  • ability to sustain current and proposed employment
  • accounts receivable
  • whether the business is a state sector agency whose financial situation and performance is included in the Crown accounts  as part of the Government reporting entity under the Public Finance Act 1989
  • whether the business is a local authority named in Schedule 2 of the Local Government Act 2002.


If available, you should provide the following business records covering at least 2 financial years to evidence the financial position of the business:

  • annual reports
  • financial statements
  • business plans

Human resource

You must have good human resource practices

The following factors may be taken into consideration when determining whether this requirement is met:

  • WorkSafe NZ or Labour Inspectorate findings;
  • content of sample employment agreements
  • evidence of HR and health and safety policies and procedures
  • whether the business is International Organisation for Standardisation (IOS) certified
  • feedback from relevant unions and other employee representatives.

The following documentation should be submitted with your application as evidence of your human resource practices: 

  • an organisation chart showing how many people you employ and the areas they work in
  • documents outlining your human resource policies and processes
  • health and safety documents
  • copies of standard employment agreements
  • details of any redundancies in your business within the last year.

We’ll work with relevant unions to assess if you meet this requirement.

Workplace practices

You must have good workplace practices

The following factors may be taken into consideration when determining whether this requirement is met:

  • whether you have diversity policies and practices in place as outlined by Diversity Works NZ
  • the extent of any non-compliance with immigration or employment legislation
  • policies and processes in place to ensure the business remains compliant with immigration and employment legislation
  • feedback from relevant unions and other employee representatives.

Training and employing New Zealanders

You must be committed to training and employing New Zealanders

The following factors may be taken into consideration when determining whether this requirement is met:

  • whether you have engaged with the relevant Industry Training Organisation (ITO)
  • evidence of training provided to staff who are New Zealand citizens or residents
  • whether you  make genuine attempts to recruit New Zealand citizens or residents to fill any vacancies, including that advertised vacancies accurately reflect the position and salary or wages
  • the proportion of the business’s workforce who are New Zealand citizens or residents;
  • feedback from relevant unions and other employee representatives.

 

The following documentation should be submitted with your application as evidence of your human resource practices:

  • proof of any in-house training or development programmes for New Zealand citizens or residents
  • proof of your involvement with New Zealand Industry Training Organisations
  • invoices for your employees who are New Zealand citizens or residents to attend external training courses
  • apprenticeship or graduate programmes
  • any other documents you think show that you’re committed to training and employing New Zealanders.

We’ll work with relevant unions to assess if you meet this requirement.

How to apply

Immigration costs

Application cost

NZD ($) $ 2,130

You must be a New Zealand employer in New Zealand to apply. You can pay for your application online by Visa, Mastercard or UnionPay.

Timeframes

Processing

within 3 months

90% of applications are currently completed within this time. Timeframes are in calendar days.

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Apply for employer accreditation online

Submit your application to us online together with the associated fee and supporting documents.

To make sure your application is processed in time, it’s a good idea to apply 3 months before you need to start recruiting.

Receiving centre details

Receiving centres handle the administrative, non-decision making activities surrounding the lodgement of a visa application. The information here is a guide only. For the most up to date and accurate information please visit the the website as listed below.

Payment methods

Credit Card
You can pay by Visa, MasterCard or UnionPay credit card.

Debit Card
You can pay by Visa, MasterCard or UnionPay debit card.

Hours

Phone enquiries
Monday to Saturday
06:00 to 24:00

Closed Sunday

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Wait for a decision

Before we make a decision about your application, we may:

  • consult with unions and other government agencies
  • ask you for more information
  • ask to visit your worksite
  • ask you to attend an interview.

If we approve your accreditation application we'll include your name on the 'Accredited Employers List' if you have given approval to do so in your application.

Accredited Employers List

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Provide job offers

Once you are accreditated you can provide job offers to candidates.

Note: Please ensure you have read & meet the detailed criteria before applying.
You can view the sample Accredited Employer Application form before applying.

Accredited Employer Application

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