Read more to find out how your business can become accredited now. 

Why get accredited now?
Why can't I just do it on my own?

If you fail to provide the correct and complete information or don’t satisfy the requirements and your application is rejected, you will need to wait a year before you can reapply.  

We understand the system and accreditation requirements and can also review your documents and advise you on the likelihood of success. This could potentially save you thousands of dollars in wasted application fees if you don’t have a strong case.








In 2021 Employer Accreditation Will  Become Compulsory

Now is the Time to Get Ahead of the Change

If you rely on immigration to fill the roles you need, and a migrant workforce is critical to your business, don’t leave it to the last minute. Act now to prevent disruption.  

Yes, borders are currently closed, but they won’t be forever, and it’s likely the government will look to allow overseas workers in sooner rather than later to avoid impeding New Zealand’s economic recovery. 

Establish now that you meet the necessary requirements for accreditation status by Immigration New Zealand, rather than waiting until it’s too late or urgently needed.

When you're accredited NOW you will be able to:

  • Establish a smooth path for recruitment once borders open, to help you keep your business thriving in 2021.

  • Have two years of breathing space before you need to reapply.

  • Enjoy faster, smoother processing on future work visas.

  • Avoid real disruption to the hiring process as a result of delays once this becomes mandatory.

How we help you get Accredited

  1. Be in a sound financial position

  2. Have human resource policies and processes which are of a high standard

  3. Have good workplace practices, including a history of compliance with all of New Zealand’s immigration and employment laws

  4. Have a clear commitment to training and employing New Zealand citizens or residence class visa holders (and show that they make up a significant part of their workforce)

In order to be accredited, your business must:

As Immigration Lawyers, we will help you make a strong case to Immigration New Zealand that you can and do meet all of their requirements – ensuring your application ticks every box INZ is looking for.

This can include (as required on a case-by-case basis): 

Updating your HR policies to meet new criteria – at New Zealand Immigration Lawyers we have an HR partner who can take care of this aspect for you.

Reviewing and assessing your existing documentation – and identifying areas of weakness and setting a strategy for improving the documentation. (There is so much documentation required to gain accreditation status that ensuring it is all correct and up to par can be difficult if you don’t know what to look out for.)

Obtaining necessary documentation to address issues of concern that will be focused on by Immigration New Zealand.

Assessing the final application, preparing it and submitting it to Immigration New Zealand – our promise is that we will not let your application get to the submission stage without being confident that it will pass.

Dealing with any issues raised by Immigration New Zealand after their assessment.

Managing your application right through to conclusion – so you don’t have to stress about it on top of the day-to-day running of your business.

Even if you think your situation is complicated, or you worry your small business won’t meet the accreditation standards, the circumstances may not be as difficult as you think. Over the past 20 years we’ve helped clients and companies with all kinds of circumstances, and we’re confident that we can help you and your organisation in your time of need.

We will ensure you have the best chance of success at gaining Accreditation status.

Jumpstart the Process with New Zealand Immigration Law.

Aaron understands the ins and outs of the immigration system and accreditation process

"I’m the owner and director of an HR consultancy.

Aaron helped our business go through the accreditation process as an employer. This was very laborious and required us to provide a lot of information.

Guidelines on the Immigration New Zealand website are very unclear about the expected levels and the depth of information needed. But Aaron’s assistance really took the stress off our shoulders. He gave great advice about the entire process and guided us on the specific information required.

It’s easy to say that Aaron’s attention to his clients is very high and goes far beyond what you’d expect. If you’re an employer needing help with immigration in New Zealand, I would without a doubt recommend Aaron Martin."

Nikki Peck

Employer Accreditation, Work and Residency Visas

What if I already have accreditation?

You’re fine for now. Employers who already have accreditation status will be transitioned into the new system – then when your existing status expires, you will need to re-apply under the new system. Be sure you know when that is, so you’re not caught out.
Can’t I wait until it’s mandatory?

You could. But with each accreditation taking potentially 12 weeks to process, and 79% of Kiwi businesses employing migrant workers, it is inevitable that there will be a backlog of applications once the new accreditation is made mandatory in the coming year, which will delay the process for many employers. If migrant workers are critical to your business, it makes sense to address the accreditation hurdle sooner rather than later.


Aaron Martin is Principal Immigration Lawyer at New Zealand Immigration Law. New Zealand Immigration Law is based in Te ata tu, Auckland – and provides application assistance to businesses that need to achieve Employer Accreditation with Immigration NZ.  

Aaron Martin is one of New Zealand's most highly regarded and experienced immigration law practitioners. He has extensive experience assisting individuals, SMEs, and large multi-national corporate clients. He has experience in general legal practice with over 20 years of experience and a thorough working knowledge of relevant tax law and commercial issues facing business applicants looking to become accredited in New Zealand. 

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