Employers

Tips for Employers

Keep employee records tight – best practice is to keep a copy of passport and/or visa on file. Employers are obliged to make sure a person has the right to work in NZ, even if they are a kiwi! Have a follow up system in place when an employee holds a work visa because the visa has an expiry date.

09/07/20181 min read
Tips for employers


  • Keep employee records tight – best practice is to keep a copy of passport and/or visa on personnel files. Employers are obliged to make sure a person has the right to work in New Zealand, even if they are a kiwi!
  • Have a follow up system in place when an employee holds a work visa because the visa has an expiry date. Apply too late for renewal and the employee may have to stop work.
  • When an employee changes positions, employer or city of employment, then a new work visa is usually required – take advice.
  • Watch out for expiry dates of work visas. In many cases jobs need to be re-advertised before applying for another work visa. Avoid last minute drama.
  • Remember wage rates for some migrant workers changed from last November plus the minimum wage changed 1 April. Are you up-to-speed? A major NZ employer has just had to make a large back-pay to its workers.

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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