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What should I do if I frequently need to hire skilled people from overseas?

By becoming an Accredited Employer you can employ prospective employees under the Talent Work Visa Category.

To become an Accredited Employer you need to apply and show that your business is in a sound financial position, has a high standard of human resources policies and processes, is committed to employing and training New Zealanders, and that you comply with immigration and employment law.

Employers are accredited for twelve months at a time. However, from 28 August 2017, the accreditation period was extended: any successful accreditation applications lodged after 28 August 2017 may receive an initial accreditation period of up to two years, and any renewal applications after this date may receive accreditation periods of up to five years.

Accredited Employer

Once accredited and when you have found staff, you need to make them a job offer that complies with the conditions as above, to support their visa application.

The Talent (Accredited Employer) Work Category requires that prospective employees meet any occupational registration requirements in their industry, are aged 55 years or under, will be paid a salary of at least NZ$55,000, have a job offer of at least 30 hours a week for two years or more, and meet our standard immigration health and character requirements.

Talent (Accredited Employer) Work Visa

The Talent (Accredited Employer) Work Visa category allows people to gain New Zealand residence after working here for two years under the Work to Residence instructions.

Talent (Accredited Employer) Resident Visa

On 17 September 2019, the Minister of Immigration announced changes to employer assisted temporary work visa categories that will take place over the next 18 months.

Changes to temporary work visas