Essential Skills – Approval in Principle

Being approved in principle means you can hire as many migrant workers as you need without repeating our labour market test. Migrant workers may receive visas for up to 5 years, making recruitment planning easier.

Overview

Typically 6 – 12 months



With this option employers can

  • Assist migrant workers to obtain visas for up to 5 years depending on their skill band.
  • Go through our labour market test before you’ve found a candidate and get pre-approved. This will make planning your recruitment easier.
  • Hire as many workers as you need to fill the number of jobs in your application, or until your approval expires.

Skill-bands


Things to note

  • Approval in principle is not available to hire workers to plant, maintain, harvest or pack crops in the horticulture or viticulture industries.
  • We can’t give you approval if there are suitable New Zealand workers available.