Continue to recruit Comply with the conditions of your approval in principle

Before approval in principle is granted, you must agree to meet certain conditions. If you don’t comply with these conditions, you won’t be able to support any new work visa applications and we won’t approve any future approvals in principle to recruit foreign crew for work on fishing vessels.

What you need to do

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Employer responsibilities and obligations

You must meet minimum rights and obligations under both employment and immigration law

We may carry out an inspection to make sure you are complying all of your employer responsibilities and obligations, which are the conditions of your approval in principle.

If we find that you’re not complying with the conditions we will:

  • suspend any requests you may have for a new Approval in Principle (AIP), or for any work visa applications under an existing AIP
  • write to you to explain the suspension
  • send you a report detailing your non-compliance, which we’ll give you 30 days to remedy.

Employer responsibilities and obligations

How to reapply

Immigration costs

Application cost

NZD ($) $ 6,310

You must be a New Zealand employer in New Zealand to apply.



within 15 months

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


Reapply for Approval in Principle

You must complete a ‘Request for Approval in Principle to Recruit Foreign Crew on Fishing Vessel’ form to reapply and send it to us with your application fee and supporting documents.

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 with Visa or MasterCard. We take payment when we receive your application. You must have enough funds available on the day we receive your application or it may be returned to you.

Debit Card
You can pay by debit card. We take payment when we receive your application. You must have enough funds available on the day we receive your application or it may be returned to you.

Postal address

Immigration New Zealand
PO Box 22111
Christchurch 8140
New Zealand


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

Closed Sunday

Other notes

Applications made in New Zealand

For applications made in New Zealand, there is no courier fee to be paid for applications or documents to be returned.


Wait for a decision

We process your application as soon as we can.

Once we approve your application, you can recruit foreign crew to work on your fishing vessel.


Support your crew’s work visa applications

Before they can start working for you, each crew member must apply for a work visa. You can support their applications by providing them with:

  • an employment agreement in English and their own language
  • a copy of your approval in principle letter
  • a ‘Sponsorship Form for Temporary Entry’ completed by you.

Employment agreements must include minimum working conditions.

Crew working conditions


Continue to employ crew

When you have been reapproved for an approval in principle, there are certain responsibilities and obligations you must continue to meet, including:

  • following standard recruitment practices
  • sponsoring crew
  • having a plan for managing desertion risks
  • having processes for managing crew complaints
  • keeping employment records
  • providing crew with working and living conditions that meet certain standards

If you don’t comply, we won’t grant any more work visas to your crew or approve any future requests for new Approvals in Principle.

Employer responsibilities and obligations

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