Accredited Employer

If you need to regularly recruit skilled overseas workers, consider becoming an Immigration New Zealand Accredited Employer. While you are accredited you can employ skilled migrant workers without first having to check if any New Zealanders can do the work. You must take direct responsibility for the workers you employ, for their work and you must pay a minimum base salary of NZD $79,560.


Two years

With this option employers can

  • Employ overseas workers for an initial period of up to 30 months to work in your core area of business activity – you don’t have to check if any New Zealanders are available to do the work first.
  • Support your workers’ pathway to residence. Your workers can apply for residence after 24 months of working for you, which if granted would allow them to work and live in New Zealand indefinitely.
  • Support work visa applications for multiple overseas workers while you’re accredited.

Things to note

  • A new accreditation system will be in effect from mid 2021.  
    Changes to temporary work visas
  • The processing times for work to residence visa applications are quicker when supported by an Accredited Employer.
  • You do not need to provide an Employer Supplementary Form in support of your candidates work to residence visa application.
  • You must have direct responsibility for the workers whose visa applications you support and also for their work.
  • You need to meet the accredited employer criteria throughout the whole term of your accreditation.
  • If you start an application and save it, you can only complete it later through the ‘Apply online now’ option on this page. You cannot complete it using the RealMe login section on this website.


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