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.


  • Your initial accreditation will be valid for a year.
  • You can renew your accreditation every 12 months after that.

With this option you can

  • Recruit overseas workers to work for your labour hire company.
  • Support Essential Skills Work Visa applications for potential workers.
  • Employ people who’ve been granted Essential Skills Work Visas for up to 3 years.
  • Outsource your workers’ labour to third parties you have a contractual relationship with.

Things to note

  • Labour hire companies must have Labour Hire Accreditation to support visa applications for overseas workers to work in the construction sector in the Canterbury region.
  • Labour hire accreditation doesn’t offer a pathway to residence for your workers.

What's involved

  1. Apply for labour hire accreditation
  2. We make a decision about your application
  3. Support your candidates’ work visa applications
  4. Maintain your accreditation.