Labour Hire Employer Accreditation

You may wish to apply for Labour Hire Employer Accreditation if you have a need to recruit overseas workers to supplement your New Zealand workforce. If you become an accredited employer, you can support Essential Skills Work visa applications for overseas workers by providing a job offer. Workers can be granted a work visa for up to 3 years, depending on the length of your job offer.


  • Initial: 1 year
  • Renewal: Yearly

With this option employers can

  • Recruit overseas workers to work for your labour hire company.
  • Support Essential Skills Work Visa applications for potential workers.
  • Outsource your workers’ labour to third parties you have a contractual relationship with.

Things to note

  • Employers wanting to use this policy must have applied for accreditation by 30 June 2021.
  • Labour hire accreditation doesn’t offer a pathway to residence for your workers.
  • From mid-2022, this policy will be replaced by the Accredited Employer Work Visa.
  • Employers wanting to hire migrants on the new Accredited Employer Work Visa must be accredited under the new policy.
  • Between the existing labour hire accreditation closing and the new accreditation policy being implemented, labour hire accreditation will not be mandatory for labour hire companies supporting visa applications for overseas workers to work in the construction sector in the Canterbury region.