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Covid 19 Update Level 2 - We welcome all our clients who would like to see us in person back into our offices. Please note you will be required to wear a mask as per government requirements. If you prefer we can meet with you online or by phone.

Accredited Employer Requirements

Let us be your Immigration Partner

If you employ foreign staff, then we can assist with all your immigration requirements. Our goal is to make the process and interaction with Immigration New Zealand as smooth as possible so that you can focus on your business.

Your candidates can either be in New Zealand or overseas at the time of the application. We can also assist you in navigating the additional requirements required for hiring Filipino nationals by liaising with the Philippines Overseas Employment Agency on your behalf.

Our recruitment division, Greenstone Recruitment has a large database of vetted candidates, both New Zealand citizens and migrants in the dairy and trade industries. We can assist you in finding the best possible candidate for your business.

Our Accreditation Services

Every company is different.  As your Immigration Partner, we will understand your business processes and policies, provide expert immigration advice and find practical outcomes to enable you to hire migrants.

The employer accreditation process necessitates a range of additional business requirements for your business, depending on your accreditation level. Small businesses in particular who do not have the luxury of full time Human Resources representatives will require some help with documentation requirements along the way. We can also help ensure that you adhere to all the immigration policy requirements during your accreditation, so that future accreditation processes are painless.

Gaining Accredited Employer Status

There is quite a bit of confusion regarding the wording “accredited employer”.  In the past there was a work visa category called a talent – accredited employer category.  New accreditation under this category is no longer possible as the accreditation process for employers has been discontinued. However, if your employee has a work to residence work visa under this category they can still currently qualify for residence once they have worked for you for 24 months.

From mid- 2022 employer accreditation will be mandatory for any employer who employs migrants.  There are three employer accreditation levels and we can help you to determine the best level for your business:

Standard employer accreditation

The standard accreditation is for employers who employ or are looking to employ 1 to 5 migrant workers at any given time.

It is a streamlined process for low-risk, standard employers (including small businesses). The accreditation process will include checks to ensure that the business is compliant with minimum employment standards before being able to hire migrant workers.

Initial accreditation is granted for 12 months, with 24 months renewals.

High volume employer accreditation

The premium accreditation is for companies recruiting six or more employer-assisted migrants in a year. While the process is similar to standard accreditation, there will be higher standards for attracting and retaining New Zealand workers (wages, skills and training) and additional checks to ensure compliance with employment standards.

Initial accreditation is granted for 12 months, with 24 months renewals.

 

Labour hire/tripartite/franchises accreditation

There will be additional requirements for labour hire companies (tripartite agreements) or for employers who have limited control over cost pressures (e.g. franchises). These include higher standards to meet and more checks involved. These checks will typically be focused on recruitment practices, training New Zealanders, more detailed up-front verification checks and potentially include site visits.

Initial employer accreditation and renewals are granted for 12 months.

What are the requirements?

The detailed requirements for each of the levels have not yet been made public by Immigration New Zealand.  We can help you prepare for the likely requirements so that your accreditation application is ready to go when the application process starts in mid-2022.

What we offer

Our end-to-end services will help you in every aspect of the process:

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Understanding exact requirements of your level of accreditation

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Employment contracts – making sure these contain all key information required by INZ
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Assisting you in gathering the appropriate documentation for accreditation, which may include employee handbooks and health and safety policies

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Applying for accreditation on your behalf and liaising with Immigration New Zealand on additional documentation requirements

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Helping you provide evidence of your attempts to find New Zealanders for the position

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Working with your chosen candidate to submit their visa application and ensuring that all documentation is provided to ensure the fastest possible processing of applications

“Greenstone was always professional, polite and the communication was clear and easy to understand.  They replied in a very timely manner and I was kept up to date with the process.  We would like to thank Greenstone very much for the wonderful service.”
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