Employers

Tips for Employers

Make sure you are paying your migrant employees market rates. The Government promised action to make sure you do and the Labour inspectorate is following through on the promise. If you are not sure of going rates, search careers.govt.nz here or go to Trade Me here for an idea.

01/03/20191 min read
Tips for Employers


  1. Make sure you are paying your migrant employees market rates. The Government promised action to make sure you do and the Labour inspectorate is following through on the promise. If you are not sure of going rates, search careers.govt.nz here or go to Trade Me here for an idea. Remember wages may increase by the time you employ so keep checking.You don’t want to be on Employment NZs name and shame list, and barred from hiring migrant workers, or to have to pay hefty fines.
  2. Employers will be asked by overseas workers to fill to complete an Employer Supplementary Form (INZ1113) as part of the work visa application. It is vital you fill it in properly – or get help to do so. Section C asks hard questions about your search for NZers first to fill the role. Leave no question unanswered otherwise the work visa application will be delayed.
  3. If you are a small business (and 97% of New Zealand businesses are) you may be asked by Immigration NZ for your financial and tax records if you say you want to employ migrant workers. Be prepared to hand those documents over.

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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