The accreditation process

You must apply for accreditation, advertise if you need to and get a job check to show there are no suitable New Zealanders for the job you want to fill.

Apply for employer accreditation

You can apply for 1 of 4 different levels of accreditation.

  • Standard accreditation is for standard businesses hiring up to 5 migrants.
  • High-volume accreditation is for standard businesses hiring 6 or more migrants.
  • Franchisee accreditation is for businesses that are part of a franchise. There is no limit to how many migrants you can hire.
  • Controlling third party accreditation is for businesses who place migrants with third parties while being the direct employer named in the employment agreement. There is no limit to how many migrants you can hire.

You will pay a fee depending on the type of accreditation you need.

You need to have:

  • an NZBN unless you are a foreign diplomatic mission
  • a business IRD number
  • completed Employment New Zealand modules.

We estimate it will take 10 working days to process complete standard and high-volume applications from compliant employers.

Check what you need and apply

Advertise the role

You need to check there are no New Zealand citizens or residents available for the job by advertising.

This is a way of giving suitable New Zealanders the chance to apply for work before it is offered to someone from overseas, and making sure employers offer attractive wages to New Zealanders.

You must list the job for at least 2 weeks on a national listing website or channel where suitable New Zealanders are likely to apply, and meet other advertising requirements.

What you need to include in the job ad

The job ad needs to show:

  • the job description
  • minimum and maximum pay
  • location
  • minimum hours of work
  • estimated actual earnings if the job pays by piece, commission or there are other rates or bonuses
  • minimum skills, experience and qualifications for the role
  • a pay range that is at least the market rate for that role, and
  • that you pay at least the NZ median wage of NZD $27.76, unless the role is on an exemption list.

Roles exempt from the AEWV median wage threshold

Job advertisement guide for accredited employers PDF 703KB

We will ask you to upload a copy of the job ad and tell us the dates you advertised and the channels you used in the job check application.

You will not need to give evidence of advertising if the job:

  • pays at least twice the NZ median wage, or
  • is an occupation on the Green List.

Check the Green List

Apply for a job check

Once you have accreditation you must apply for a job check.

You need to include:

  • a job description
  • an employment agreement
  • the results of any advertising you had to do.

If the job check is approved you can offer the work to someone from overseas.

We will send you a job token for the approved job. The job token has a unique number that links the job and the migrant to your company. You send the number to the migrant when you offer them the job.

Job checks are valid for 6 months or until you no longer have accreditation.

We estimate it will take 10 working days to process complete job check applications from compliant employers.

Job check applications open 20 June 2022.

Check what you need for a job check

Ask the migrant to apply

If the job check is approved you can ask the migrant to apply for their visa. The experience and qualifications for the job you offer them need to match those you cited for the job check.

You need to send them the job token number we give you, which they include in their visa application.

If their visa is approved the migrant can take up the job under the terms of their visa.

The job space only becomes available again if:

  • the migrant in the job has their visa expire or cancelled, or
  • the migrant is granted a variation of conditions to work for another employer.

The job token number is valid for 6 months.

We estimate it will take 20 working days to process a complete visa application.

Renew your accreditation

Your initial accreditation lasts for 12 months before you need to renew it.

Once you renew it will last for:

  • 24 months for standard businesses, as long as it has not lapsed for 12 or more months
  • 12 months for franchisees and employers placing migrants with controlling third parties.

When you renew we may ask for evidence you have completed activities you committed to do during the previous accreditation period.

Employer line

Need help? Call toll-free from NZ landlines only: 0508 967 569

The dedicated employer line is open between 8am and 6pm, Monday to Friday. Outside of these hours, employers can call the Immigration Contact Centre on 0508 558 855.