Three step process – Employers and Migrants – New Zealand

After mid-2021, Immigration New Zealand are introducing a new 3-check visa application system and replacing six temporary work visas with one.

The focus now shifts from the applicant to the employer thus avoiding exploitation and meeting the requirements of the Employment Relations Act. Training and up-skilling of New Zealanders/residence class visa holders will become a key factor in the grant of the new employer-assisted work visa.

The employer-assisted work visa will be introduced after mid-2021.

Six temporary work visas that will be replaced in 2021 are:

  • Essential Skills Work Visa
  • Essential Skills Work Visa — approved in principle
  • Talent (Accredited Employer) Work Visa
  • Long Term Skill Shortage List Work Visa
  • Silver Fern Job Search Visa (closed 7 October 2019)
  • Silver Fern Practical Experience Visa

Any current visas held under the above are not impacted and remain valid until their expiry. Other work visas will not be impacted by these changes.

A new system with 3 checks:

The system will introduce 3 checks before an employer can hire a migrant worker. These checks are:

  • the employer check — employers need accreditation to pass this
  • the job check
  • the migrant worker check.

Standard and high-volume accreditation – Employers

These 2 main accreditation levels are:

  • standard accreditation — for employers who want to hire 5 or fewer migrant workers, and
  • high-volume accreditation — for employers who want to hire 6 or more migrant workers.

This only includes employers you want to hire on employer-assisted work visas.

Franchisees and Labour Hire companies will need to meet additional criteria to get accredited.

When Employers are approved, they will receive accreditation for 12 months. At renewal, some employers will be granted accreditation for 24 months.

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