Employer accreditation:

Hire skilled migrants

Are you looking to recruit migrant workers? Your first step is employer accreditation

If you’d like to hire skilled migrants, the first step in the process is to gain employer accreditation. That applies whether you’re recruiting from overseas, or hiring a migrant worker who’s already in New Zealand.

RecruitNZ works with our People Inc partners to create a seamless experience in international recruitment, including visa applications, HR processes, and employer accreditation applications – as well as recruiting candidates. You’ll have a single point of contact throughout, to make the whole process easy and stress-free for you.

How do you gain employer accreditation?

The process of gaining employer accreditation can be time- consuming and complicated if you are not familiar with it. RecruitNZ and our People Inc partners have years of experience in international recruitment and work visas, with efficient and streamlined processes in place. 

Contact our friendly team for help with your employer accreditation.

What are the different types of employer accreditation?

Immigration New Zealand has created four different types of employer accreditation. Categories are based on the size of your business, whether it’s a franchise or not, and how many skilled migrants you plan to recruit.

  1. Standard Accreditation is for up to five migrant workers.
  2. High-Volume Accreditation is for more than five migrant workers.
  3. Franchise Accreditation lets you support more than five Accredited Employer Work Visa holders at a time. The franchise must have been trading for at least 12 months, or the applicant must have at least a year’s experience in another similar business.

4. Triangular Accreditation is for labour hire companies and similar, and the company must have at least 12 months experience of placing staff in New Zealand.

There are also standards around business profitability, viability, cash flow, and capital requirements for all types of accreditation.

Franchise Accreditation and Triangular Accreditation have additional rules too: 35% or more of employees need to be NZ residents or citizens, and be guaranteed over 30 hours of work every week.

At what stage can recruitment commence?

The recruitment process can be started at the same time as employer accreditation, to save time.

So while our partners at VisaAide work on your employer accreditation, the RecruitNZ team can commence the overseas recruitment process.

What happens once you have your employer accreditation?

When you’re on the accredited employer list, you’re in a position to recruit from overseas.

Note that there are specific requirements around employment agreements and position descriptions when you’re hiring internationally, in that they need to meet the needs of both the Employment Act and Immigration New Zealand. Our partners at ConsultingHQ will work with you to ensure all your HR documentation is suitable.

Here’s an overview of the international recruitment process: 

the People Inc group works together to provide you with a seamless service:


Our vision

Our vision is to be the leading ethical permanent recruitment company in New Zealand.

Our values

  • We care about both our clients and candidates
  • We collaborate with clients and partners.
  • We inspire each other and our clients.
  • We are solution focused.
  • We are agile in providing practical solutions.
  • We are disciplined.

Our Values

At RecruitNZ and People Inc, we’re passionate about ethical processes being followed when recruiting skilled migrants.

Employer accreditation is in place to ensure organisations have positive HR practices in recruiting and retaining migrants with high skills and positive work ethics. This aligns with our own values, and we only work with NZ business owners who follow 100% ethical practices in all areas of recruitment and HR management.

Meet our international recruitment and employer accreditation team

Immigration and visa advisory team


Cameron Gray

Senior Licenced NZ & Australia Immigration Adviser


Joanna Caraig

Immigration & International Recruitment Team Leader


Karen Baigent

Licenced NZ Immigration Adviser


Sylvia Rigamoto

Australian Immigration Consultant (offshore)


Lesley Burke

Operations Co-ordinator


Xiao Ping



Yazmin Ng

Licensed NZ Immigration Adviser

Employment agents and recruitment team


Tanya Gray

Director & HR Consultant


Janine Armstrong

Senior Recruitment Consultant


Gerie Rafols

Migration Recruitment Coordinator


Leeann Mariano

Migrant Recruitment Consultant


Rasol Maguad

Compliance & Settlement Support Coordinator

HR consulting team


Vanessa Jenner

HR Consultant


Ruth Manners

HR Consultant


Pamela Limford

HR Advisor


Pat Patterson

HR Advisor


Cathy Cooper

HR Assistant

"The team at RecruitNZ have been working with us to bring immigrant construction workers to NZ. They have handled the recruitment process from initial screening to interviewing to liaising with various governments. Their consultants are invaluable to our business. Their local knowledge of the Filipino employment market and government processes is instrumental to ensuring a smooth, efficient recruitment process. They know exactly what we are looking for in an employee and deliver every time."

Katie Geck | Proclad

Do you need help with employer accreditation?

We can help you with all aspects of international recruitment – contact us for advice.