With record lows in unemployment in New Zealand, the labour shortages our NZ employers are facing may stunt their business growth. Becoming an accredited employer and hiring from overseas is a necessity for many in 2023.
For those of you taking this step, we have compiled an article on how you can become an accredited employer with less stress. We have also included information about our employer services to help smooth your hiring process so get in touch if you have any other questions.
Organizations that are hoping to employ migrant workers can apply to become Accredited Employers. Their business practices, as well as their stability, are evaluated, and those who are successful are considered low-risk sponsors of migrant workers by Immigration New Zealand.
Malcolm Pacific Immigration offers assistance for employers, including information on how to employ migrants, the available visa options to bring them to New Zealand, and supporting your new employees with settling when they arrive. This service reduces the time and effort that is needed to find the right employees
Get in touch with us today to make it easier for you to employ a migrant workforce.
The Government is prioritising job security for New Zealanders and aims to provide them with employment opportunities in their own country instead of seeking higher wages abroad. For employers who need to employ overseas workers, the scheme ensures that they are ethical employers who will treat their migrant workers with care and not take advantage of them.
A NZ median wage must be paid or exceeded to these migrants unless they are on an exemption list. This is to ensure that migrants have adequate financial resources to live in New Zealand.
The employees can then enter the country on an Accredited Employer Work Visa (AEWV) for up to 3 years.
Before an employer can hire a migrant worker, there are three checks involved in the new accreditation process:
At Malcolm Pacific Immigration, we simplify the accreditation process and help employers speed up the hiring process.
We support your hiring managers to become accredited as well as your migrant employees with their application. We ensure a streamlined service from start to finish.
Our employer services team is ready to assist you. Contact us today to learn more.
Before starting the formal hiring process of workers applying for the Accredited Employer Work Visa (AEWV), you must complete the accredited application and pass the Job Check criteria.
An application from compliant employers is estimated to take ten working days to process for Standard and High-Volume Accreditation.
Accreditation is available on 4 different levels:
A fee will be charged based on the type of accreditation required.
Below is a guide on each of the criteria that Immigration NZ assesses when you are hiring migrant workers on an Accredited Employer Work Visa.
To employ one or multiple migrant workers, accreditation is the first step. This new accreditation system requires all employers to apply, even if previously accredited under the old system.
To be eligible for accreditation, employers must meet the regulations set by Immigration New Zealand, including:
This is a crucial stage within your application to get right. Malcolm Pacific Immigration can help ensure you provide clear evidence of each part of Immigration NZ’s criteria and help your hiring managers become accredited quickly.
Talk to us today about the employer services we provide and how we can help streamline your overseas hiring process.
Immigration NZ evaluates each application through various criteria; if an employer does not meet the standards set out, they may find their application unsuccessful.
Before an application is declined, Immigration NZ allows an employer a further 14 days to provide further commentary on the factors that may be adversely affecting their application.
In some cases, INZ may provide a waiver based on this evidence. If unsuccessful, the employer can reapply once they have met the employer accreditation requirements.
Employers who are found to breach the Accredited Employer standards after gaining their accreditation could face fines or a suspension. Learn more about the specific criteria by reading on.
The importance the Government places on prioritising employment and training for New Zealanders first is evident in the second stage of the AEWV process - the Job Check.
Before applying for a Job Check, it may be necessary to advertise a job opportunity to assess if any suitable New Zealand citizens or residents are available for the position.
The job must be listed on a national website or channel where suitable Kiwis are likely to apply for a minimum of 2 weeks and meet other advertising requirements. The advertising process must be completed within 90 days before submitting the application.
Exceptions to providing this type of evidence are made for job positions that pay at least twice the median wage or belong to an occupation on the Green List.
New Zealand employers can only hire migrant workers if they pass the job check.
It can take up to 10 days to process and is valid for six months. It is valid for more than one potential employee applying for the same job role.
According to a report by Immigration New Zealand, these are the frequent reasons why New Zealand employers fail to meet the labour market job test:
• No evidence of advertising or training New Zealanders
• Job advertisement of more than three months ago or insufficient duration
• Job advertisement that discourages New Zealanders from applying
By not providing critical information such as proof of genuine efforts to recruit New Zealanders will result in a declined application.
The final stage of the Accredited Employer Work Visa (AEWV) process is the migrant worker check. This is when the prospective overseas employee applies for a visa.
To be granted the visa, the migrant worker must meet the character, identity, and health requirements set by Immigration New Zealand.
Additionally, they must possess the necessary skills and qualifications for the position, as verified by the employer during the job check process. If applicable, the migrant worker's family members may also apply for visas simultaneously.
We support both employers and potential employees through this process and help streamline their applications.
The visa application can take up to 20 days to process. Ensuring that all the documentation is correctly supplied at the time of application helps to reduce processing time.
Employers using our service know the benefits of using our immigration services to monitor your hiring process. To start, our employer accreditation team will upload your business and its hiring managers, and help them with their accreditation process. We have an online application that guides you through the necessary documentation and helps provide you with evidence to support your application.
As new migrant workers are hired, they can be assigned the required training to help support their application. The training provides your new employees with a clear understanding of living and working in NZ and is part of your accredited employer's responsibilities.
The migrant workers then have a one-month timeframe from their start date to complete the assigned training. Their progress can be monitored through the employer portal.
Finally, once the migrant workers have completed their training, they will receive a report in PDF format, which satisfies INZ's documentation requirements.
Want to know more about Accredited Employer Work Visa requirements? Let Malcolm Pacific Immigration help simplify the process for you.
Our employer services and online application tool have been created to streamline the process of becoming an accredited employer.
Contact us today for a free consultation, and our licensed immigration advisers will guide you through the process, taking the stress out of the process and allowing you to focus on your business.
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Today the government announced a pathway to residence for migrant workers who are living and working in New Zealand. Applications open on 1 December 2021 for the first wave who are eligible to apply. The second wave can apply from 1 March 2022. The deadline to lodge an application is 31 July 2022 or else they will miss out on this one off opportunity.
Today the government announced a pathway to residence for people living and working in New Zealand. Applications open on 1 December 2021 for the first wave eligible to apply. The second wave can apply from 1 March 2022. The deadline to lodge an application is 31 July 2022 or else you miss the boat.
The government has moved the introduction of the new employer accreditation process across to mid-2022. At the same time, the Minister of Immigration announced new work visa rules for migrant workers who are already in New Zealand and working full time.
The government has increased the median wage to $27 per hour from 19 July. Any Skilled Migrant residence application lodged after this date will need to include a skilled job offer that pays at least $27 per hour. For some lower-skilled occupations, the minimum pay rate increases to $40.50 per hour.
From 19 July 2021
From 30 June 2021
Employers of migrant workers must become accredited from 1 November 2021 before work visa applications can be processed. Most employers are not accredited. Those that are accredited will have to roll into the new system when it goes live in late September.
From mid-2020 (delayed)
Skilled occupation "Dairy Cattle Farmer" spilt into three occupations. New occupations are: "Dairy Farm Manager", "Assistant Dairy Farm Manager" and "Dairy Herd Manager". Each sit at different skill levels, therefore, the award of points will depend on pay rates, job tasks and other requirements.
From 15 February 2021
The government has deferred the fortnightly selection of Expressions of Interest from the Skilled Migrant pool for six months (to be reviewed in April 2021). Invitations to Apply for Residence remain suspended. The last selection from the Skilled Migrant pool took place on 18/03/2020.
From 7 October 2020
The government added four new occupations that are now regarded as skilled employment and may qualify for job offer points under the Skilled Migrant Category. These are:
Aged or disabled carer, Bicycle mechanic, Driller and Nursing Support worker.
From 27 July 2020
Anyone invited by Immigration NZ to apply for residence under the Skilled Migrant Category where their invitation is dated between 1 November 2019 and 15 April 2020 (inclusive) has now been granted an additional six months to lodge their residence application.
From 27 May 2020
The government has deferred the fortnightly selection of Expressions of Interest from the Skilled Migrant pool. This means Invitations to Apply for Residence are also suspended. Malcolm Pacific Immigration does not anticipate selections to resume until after the general election held on 17 October 2020.
Immigration NZ is now prioritising Skilled Migrant Residence applications where the main (principal) applicant meets the criteria:
From 24 February 2020
From 7 October 2019
The government recently added more occupations that are now to be regarded as skilled employment and may qualify for job offer points under the Skilled Migrant Category. In order to qualify for points, the job must be paying at least the current median wage (or higher for certain occupations) at the time the residence application is lodged.
From 1 November 2021
From 1 November 2021 anyone who is not a NZ citizen must be fully vaccinated (unless exempt) before travelling to New Zealand. Fully vaccinated means your last dose of vaccine was given at least 14 days before travelling and it was an approved vaccine.
Applications for employer accreditation closed at the end of June 2021. Applications lodged before the closure date are still being processed. New applications for accreditation open on 9 May 2022. The process will be quite different to what employers have experienced in the past. Businesses will need to meet minimum standards.
Wednesday, 1 December is fast approaching and it is estimated that around 16,000 individuals and families can apply in the first wave for the 2021 Resident Visa opening next month. It is exciting for the thousands of people who have been waiting patiently to become residents that finally the finish line is in sight.
The first wave of applicants can apply from 1 December 2021. Around 16,000 applications are expected in this first wave. The second wave opens on 1 March 2022. In total, the government expects approximately 110,000 applications that will include about 165,000 people.
The second group of workers who can apply online for the 2021 Resident Visa that opens on 1 March 2022 are those who hold an eligible work visa and either meet "Settled", "Skilled" or "Scarce" as set out above. In total Immigration NZ estimate around 110,000 people will qualify to apply for this visa.
The first group of workers who can apply online for the 2021 Resident Visa that opens on 1 December 2021 are those that on 29/09/2021:
Is this the only requirement to qualify for residence? No. In addition to the eligible work visa criteria workers also need to be regarded as one of the following:
People who were lawfully in NZ (or in Australia when the travel bubble closed between April and July 2021) on 29/09/2021 need to meet the visa eligibility criteria:
The government has introduced a limited pathway to residence for people who are already living and working in New Zealand. Applications open on 1 December 2021 for the first wave of people eligible to apply. The second wave opens on 1 March 2022. The deadline to apply for the 2021 Resident Visa is 31 July 2022.
A small number of critical health workers (taking up jobs for six months or longer) or specialist workers (taking up jobs that are for longer than six months) who were granted border exemptions may also have eligibility for the 2021 Resident Visa. They will need to have arrived in NZ and lodge a 2021 Resident Visa application.
*Excludes high-risk countries.
*Excludes high-risk countries.
The work visa categories set to close are:
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.