New Zealand introduces new accredited employer tool for migrant engineers

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New Zealand Immigration introduced a new searchable tool for skilled migrants to check if an employer is accredited.

The accredited employer tool launched by New Zealand Immigration is a searchable tool that assists skilled migrants in verifying the accreditation status of employers. This tool is a reliable resource to check whether an employer has been officially accredited by the Immigration New Zealand (INZ) department.

You can use this tool to check if an employer is currently accredited or not if you:

  • Are applying for a visa that requires you to work for an accredited employer
  • Already hold a visa that requires you to work for an accredited employer and are looking to change jobs.

Visas that require you to work for an accredited employer

There are three visas that require skilled migrants to work for an accredited employer.

Accredited Employer Work Visa (AEWV)

The Accredited Employer Work Visa (AEWV) is a temporary work visa that allows skilled migrants to work for an accredited employer in New Zealand if they acquire the skills and qualifications.

Partner of a Worker Work Visa

The Partner of a Worker Work Visa allows you to work in New Zealand while your partner is here on a work visa. You do not need a New Zealand job lined up to apply for this visa.

Straight to Residence Visa

With the Straight to Residence Visa, skilled migrants can live and work in New Zealand. However, the role must be listed in tier 1 of the Green List and meet the requirements outlined. Skilled migrants must be working for an accredited employer or have a job offer from an accredited employer.

Click here to find out more information about these visas.

By utilising this tool, migrants can easily access up-to-date information on accredited employers, save time, and navigate the employment landscapes more effectively. This tool reinforces New Zealand’s commitment to protecting the rights of skilled migrants, contributing to an inclusive environment for employers and skilled migrants.

How to use the accredited employer tool

You will need certain information to identify the employer. This may be their:

  • New Zealand Business Number (NZBN)
  • Company name or trading name

The New Zealand Business Number (NZBN) is a 13-digit number, and all numbers must be entered in the search field. If you are searching by an employer’s company or trading name, you must enter at least the first three characters.

Click here to search for an accredited employer.

If you cannot find the employer listed in the search tool, check with the employer to find out if they are accredited, as some companies choose not to be published in the search results.

The database is updated as employers join the accreditation programme or renew their accreditation status. The information is updated weekly.

Source: © Immigration New Zealand 2023

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