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Obtaining accreditation historically for employers was a fairly onerous affair and they had to present lots of information about their business, financials, business processes and practices. With a little under one month before this new policy goes live we are still waiting on government to release the actual rules about ...

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Accredited Employer Work Visas

Obtaining accreditation historically for employers was a fairly onerous affair and they had to present lots of information about their business, financials, business processes and practices. With a little under one month before this new policy goes live we are still waiting on government to release the actual rules about ...

Iain

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Accredited Employer Work Visas

Posted by Iain on April 29, 2022, 11 a.m. in Work Visa

In four weeks time any employer that wishes to employ migrants will be required to become accredited.

Perhaps confusingly, from 23 May ‘accreditation’ has a different consequence and process to what it has had historically. You might think the bureaucrats could have come up with a new name to lessen the confusion. 

Obtaining accreditation historically for employers was a fairly onerous affair and they had to present lots of information about their business, financials, business processes and practices. 

With a little under one month before this new policy goes live we are still waiting on government to release the actual rules about what precisely employers will have to provide. 

Here’s what we know 

    There will be an online application form - presumably requiring companies to provide answers about the legal structure, history, numbers of staff, profitability of the business and to make various declarations about being good employers with no history of non compliance with labour and immigration law. 

   No supporting evidence will be provided to the government at the time the accreditation application is submitted. 

   The government will want satisfaction that the business is viable, has a history of compliance with employment and immigration law and that the key people in the organisation are a good character and standing. 

   There will be a fee which will most companies employing five migrants or less will be $740 and for those companies wanting to employ six or more migrants, the fee will be $1220. 

   The immigration department says it'll take two weeks to process the accreditation application. 

   Initial accreditation will be valid for one year

Here’s what we don’t know

What will trigger a request for further information? 

What sort of information will be required if it is requested in terms of for example the character of the owners?

There are two schools of thought about how this process will play out. 

One says that it will be relatively painless and a very short form because the view is government wants to accredit everybody as quickly as possible upfront and weed out the transgressors later. That would appear logical because there may well be tens of thousands of businesses wanting to be accredited at the same time given the acute skills shortages in New Zealand. 

The second school is that there will be some form of triaging system whereby some applications receive a very "light touch" which will see them being accredited without any request for any information or proof of the claims. That may well apply to publicly listed companies, medium to large private businesses, schools, hospitals (yes they too have to be accredited even though they are government entities) where size and scale will suggest that the employer is financially viable and likely to be complying with employment and immigration law. 

It is possible at the other end of the spectrum that those small employers (and I'm thinking liquor, small retail or convenience stores) and the like may well be flagged and asked to present an awful lot of information if for no other reason than to discourage them from becoming accredited. We already know that Franchisees are in for a grilling. As I suspect are labour hire companies. 

I really don't know which it is going to be but the fact the government is claiming to be able to process an application for accreditation within two weeks suggests it will be quick and relatively painless. Call me a cynic but I have yet to see the (short staffed) immigration department deliver anything in even twice the time they suggest that they can. 

We already have a number of employers have approached us to get accreditation and at this point our advice to them is to get the supporting documentation that we believe is likely to be required if called upon so that it is ready. Just in case. This extends to preparing for stage two of the new Employer Accredited Work Visa process which is the "job check”. 

Job check 

What we know: 

You can’t file this until you have your accreditation 

What we don’t know: 

What evidence will be required 

I don't expect the immigration department to reinvent the wheel when it comes to the evidence they will require to satisfy itself that no New Zealander can fill the vacancy. 

This would almost certainly extend to evidence of recent advertising (currently within the past three months) and advocacy as to why they cannot fill the vacancy with someone who is suitably qualified by training and experience and why they cannot train a New Zealander for it. That last part about training has always been in the policy but has for the most part being overlooked in the assessment of work visas. Employers I believe should be prepared to demonstrate that they are making concrete steps to train and potentially have programs in place to do so. Government has made clear they want more pressure brought to bear on employers to up skill and train. 

Exceptions will be made I am sure in particular for those who are advertising roles in areas of local or national skill shortage. 

I do find it incredible but here we are four weeks out from D-Day and the government still hasn't released any of this information.  I cannot say I am surprised. 

Naturally when we hear more we will let you know but if you are an employer who believes they may need to recruit someone from overseas in the next few months we would urge you to get in touch so that you are well prepared and don't get stuck in the pack. 

And if you are coming to NZ to find a job be prepared for work visas to take longer than the current 3-4 weeks to process from once you’ve got the job (if you know what you are doing, far longer if you don’t). 

Until next week

Iain MacLeod

Southern Man

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7 comments on this post
April 29, 2022, 7:29 p.m. by Steve (Changela)

Great post Iain
I just hope that the NZ Government was more transparent from the get go because for anyone running a business it wouldn't be fair to the their employees to receive vargue information from the business.

As for me I was planning of coming to New Zealand with hopes of landing that most important job offer as soon as the borders open i have no idea whats in stock for me with all the surprises that keeps on popping up from the Government hopefully that's in the past.

With all the delays that lockdowns brought upon many lives immigration NZ had a fair amount of time to fix the backlog situation hopefully once the New Employers Accreditation situation has been released by the Government things will be more smooth.

Quick Q Iain
Would it be easier to find employment in Au or NZ In the Engineering field?

Thanks
Steve

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May 1, 2022, 8:46 a.m. by Iain MacLeod
Hi Steve I do think we are on a path to fewer announcements and more policy stability. By years end I expect all the pieces of the government’s programe should be in place. I certainly hope we are anyway. On your final question six of one half a dozen of the other I suspect. Of course it depends what type of engineering you are in to. As a general proposition Engineers are in demand in both countries.
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April 30, 2022, 1:10 a.m. by Issa Ndenzako

How are you Administration, My name is Issa Ndenzako,I love so much to join and work in Australia,I have been trying to many companies, But my problem is I don't have right to work in Australia and is my dream country since I was small boy I was tells myself in my life I will go to Australia.I have been trying to ask pamission from Certsy to allow me to have a visa but the told me to get right of visa from Immigration,Am buddy preying to God may be this luck it will come.Okay you must have a great weekend.

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May 1, 2022, 5:24 a.m. by Nicky Schwagele

Hi Iain, really enjoying your posts, but would you mind stating at the top whether the article/change in legislation/etc is applicable to NZ or Oz, as I got halfway through the article, making notes etc only to realise this applies (I assume) to New Zealand only, and my interest is in Australia.
Thanks so much
Nicky

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May 1, 2022, 5:24 a.m. by Nicky Schwagele

Hi Iain, really enjoying your posts, but would you mind stating at the top whether the article/change in legislation/etc is applicable to NZ or Oz, as I got halfway through the article, making notes etc only to realise this applies (I assume) to New Zealand only, and my interest is in Australia.
Thanks so much
Nicky

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May 2, 2022, 6:21 p.m. by Nigel Victor Lawrence

Dear Iain,

From what I read online, it clearly has ramifications for those who are looking to travel to NZ for pure work.

However, it does not mention how it will affect students who are looking for work on completion of their graduation?

I have been accepted, to study in a Logistics program next year in Nelson, but on hearing about this new Visa Category I am wondering how it will affect my chances to find work after graduation (you know being a migrant and all)

Kindly advise if you have any information on this?

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May 2, 2022, 6:21 p.m. by Nigel Victor Lawrence

Dear Iain,

From what I read online, it clearly has ramifications for those who are looking to travel to NZ for pure work.

However, it does not mention how it will affect students who are looking for work on completion of their graduation?

I have been accepted, to study in a Logistics program next year in Nelson, but on hearing about this new Visa Category I am wondering how it will affect my chances to find work after graduation (you know being a migrant and all)

Kindly advise if you have any information on this?

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May 2, 2022, 6:21 p.m. by Nigel Victor Lawrence

Dear Iain,

From what I read online, it clearly has ramifications for those who are looking to travel to NZ for pure work.

However, it does not mention how it will affect students who are looking for work on completion of their graduation?

I have been accepted, to study in a Logistics program next year in Nelson, but on hearing about this new Visa Category I am wondering how it will affect my chances to find work after graduation (you know being a migrant and all)

Kindly advise if you have any information on this?

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