Employers

Approval in principle (AIP)

Recruiting from overseas? Suffering skill shortages? Getting an Approval in Principle (AIP) might be the way to go. An AIP is a way for employers (who are not accredited) to get upfront approval from ImmigrationNZ to recruit staff from overseas by satisfying the labour market test before recruiting.

04/09/20191 min read
Approval in principle (AIP)


Recruiting from overseas? Suffering skill shortages? Getting an Approval in Principle (AIP) might be the way to go.

An AIP is a way for employers (who are not accredited) to get upfront approval from Immigration NZ to recruit staff from overseas by satisfying the labour market test before recruiting. It will result in faster processing of work visa applications.

An AIP means you can hire migrant workers as you need without repeating Immigration NZ’s labour market test. Sometimes migrant workers can get a visa for up to five years. Again there are conditions.

We can help you get over the hurdles and achieve AIP status.

Email Lukas Sousa: Lukas@malcolmpacific.com or call on 022 689 5500.

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Update

The Green List

From September 2022 people holding job offers in a small number of occupations may apply for residence. Some occupations are a direct pathway to residence and others require a period of two years or longer before applying.

There are qualification and/or occupational registration requirements to meet. Establishing if an overseas qualification matches the NZ equivalent qualification before applying is paramount for success.

Read more here.

16 May 22
Update

Work Visa Categories Closing

The work visa categories set to close are:

  • Essential Skills Work Visa
  • Essential Skills Work Visa – approval in principle
  • Work to Residence (Talent – Accredited Employer)
  • Work to Residence (Long Term Skills Shortage)
  • Silver Fern Job Search Work Visa (closed October 2019)
  • Silver Fern Practical Experience Work Visa.
10 Feb 22
Update

Policy Decision Key Dates in 2022

  • February 13. Fully vaccinated Kiwis plus certain other travellers entering NZ from the rest of the world* can skip MIQ.
  • April 30. The border starts a phased reopen to fully vaccinated foreign nationals.
  • April 30. The Productivity Commission reports back to the government on immigration settings.
  • May 9. Applications open for mandatory Employer Accreditation.

*Excludes high-risk countries.

16 Dec 21