What does the term "New Zealand Immigration Accreditation" refer to?

Before hiring migrant workers, New Zealand employers must obtain and receive approval for a specific type of accreditation from Immigration New Zealand.

All New Zealand employers with migrant workers are required by Immigration New Zealand to obtain compulsory accreditation. The primary objective is to ensure that temporary migrant workers are recruited only for genuine shortages, while also enabling employers to access the skills and labour they require.

The implementation of mandatory accreditation for employers implies a shift in the immigration process from employee-led to employer-led. Immigration New Zealand will require employers to demonstrate their commitment to hiring and training New Zealanders, financial sustainability, compliance with employment law, and sound HR and recruiting practices. The onus will be on employers to fulfil these obligations.

Employers who are presently accredited must meet new requirements to retain their current migrant staff.