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Employer accreditation becomes mandatory

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.

17/05/20211 min read
Employer accreditation becomes mandatory


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.

Immigration NZ is launching a new online work visa application process. It is complex and decisions around application fees are still to be announced.

In brief employers will face a three step process:


Step 1: Become accredited.


Step 2: Job offers checked for compliance with employment law and the labour market test.


Step 3: Migrant worker applies for his or her work visa. Checks made to clear health and character requirements plus verify qualification and experience to do the job.


Six current work visa categories close at the end of October including Work to Residence (Accredited Employers and Long Term Skills Shortage) and Approval in Principle to recruit migrant workers from overseas.

Pathways for migrant workers to secure residence are becoming limited. Employers may find staff are leaving for other countries that are gearing up to attract talent. This includes Australia, where the travel bubble has opened for migrant workers to move across the Tasman.

For more information speak to our employer specialist and Licensed Immigration Adviser Lukas Sousa on 022 689 5500, or email lukas@malcolmpacific.com

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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
Update

Policy Decision Key Dates in 2022

  • July 4. Applications open for the new Accredited Employer Work Visa.
  • July 31. Applications for the 2021 Resident Visa close.
  • August. Skilled Migrant Residence category scheduled to reopen.
  • August. A new pathway to residence for people earning 200% or more of the median wage.

*Excludes high-risk countries.

16 Dec 21