Talent (Accredited Employers) Work Visa

The Employer Accreditation Scheme will allow you to supplement your New Zealand workforce with overseas workers who have the necessary talent to work in your core area of business activity. Under the scheme, you’ll be directly responsible for your overseas workers and the work they do.

Apply for Employer Accreditation

To be granted Employer Accreditation, you’ll need to show that you:

  • are in a sound financial position
  • have good workplace and human resource practices
  • comply with immigration and employment law
  • are committed to recruiting and training New Zealanders to work in your industry.

Provide a job offer

They’ll need this to support their application to work for you and later, to apply for residence.  For us to grant your candidate a visa, they must provide a copy of a written employment agreement, which must:

  • be current at the time they apply for a visa
  • be for full-time work
  • be for 2 years or more
  • pay at least NZ $55,000 a year (before tax)
  • be for work in your core area of business activity
  • make you responsible for the work that they do.

Employment agreements must also include:

  • your name and contact details
  • your candidate’s name and contact details
  • the job title
  • the address the work will be carried out
  • the kind of work your candidate will be doing and their responsibilities at work
  • details of any qualifications or work experience your candidate will need to do the work
  • information about whether your candidate will need New Zealand registration to do the work
  • how long the work will be for
  • how long your candidate has to take up the job offer
  • pay and work conditions that comply with New Zealand employment law.