Employer Accreditation is changing in 2021.
Here’s what you need to know about the transition from the present accreditation system to the new one.
What is changing with Immigration New Zealand’s employer accreditation and work visa scheme?
On 1 November Immigration NZ is implementing a new compulsory accreditation system for all New Zealand employers who want to employ migrant workers or retain their current migrants. The change includes the introduction of a new Accredited Employer Work Visa (AEWV) to replace 6 of the existing temporary work visas.
Applications for employer accreditation under the existing policy closes on 30 June 2021.
Applications for employer accreditation under the new policy opens in late September.
The new accreditation process involves a 3-check process that is employer-led as opposed to the current system which is instigated by the employee.
The new process means that before a business can hire a migrant on the new Accredited Employer Work Visa (AEWV) the employer will need to:
- apply for accreditation under the new system (and be approved);
- apply for a job check to make sure the role they want to fill cannot be done by New Zealanders and;
- then, request a migrant worker to apply for a visa (of course the migrant has to have the skills and experience that match the requirements specified in the job check).
If your business needs input from skilled workers from overseas, you must apply for accreditation under the new policy and be approved before you can hire migrants.
How long will the accreditation be valid?
Initial accreditation approvals last for 12 months. Renewals for employers (other than franchisees and employers that want to place migrants on Accredited Employer Work Visas with third parties – including labour hire companies) will be for 24 months.
What information does my business need to provide in its application for accreditation?
To employ migrants on Accredited Employer Work Visas (AEWVs), all employers must meet the standard accreditation requirements.
These requirements are intended to ensure all employers hiring migrants meet minimum requirements to support and settle migrants and comply with employment and immigration laws.
At a high level, the criterion for standard accreditation includes:
- Must be a genuinely operating business;
- Must not have a recent history of regulatory non-compliance; and
- Must take steps to minimise the risk of exploitation.
Our business is already accredited with Immigration NZ – do we need to reapply under the new system?
Yes, you will need to reapply.
If a business wants to hire migrant workers on the new Accredited Employer Work Visa, commencing 1 November 2021, they will need to reapply to demonstrate that they meet the requirements of the new policy.
If you are an employer of current Talent and Essential Skill visa holders, you only need to be accredited under the new system when you need access to migrant workers on the new Accredited Employer Work Visa (from 1 November).
What is the timeframe involved in the accreditation process?
Applications for accreditation under the new policy can be submitted to Immigration NZ from late September. We are expecting that processing times at Immigration NZ will increase later in the year due to the large volume of work relating to these changes. Therefore, we are recommending that employers who want to hire migrants on Accredited Employer Work Visas soon after 1 November 2021 give serious consideration to contacting ConsultingHQ and getting the process started now.
Need Help with Accreditation Processes or Works Visa Applications?
VisaAide and ConsultingHQ are both ready to help employers with all aspects of accreditation, we can support and advise you on a consultancy basis to take care of the entire process for you. Contact Cameron and his team of NZ Licenced Immigration Advisors at VisaAide regarding application processing at Immigration NZ, or the team at ConsultingHQ for HR processes for Employer Accreditation Application.
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