Accredited Employer Work Visa – Job Check

Employers who are accredited may make a Job Check application

General

If a job is approved as part of a Job Check application, it will be associated to the employer.

  • Employers with Standard Accreditation can have a maximum of 5 jobs associated to them at any one time.
  • There is no maximum number of jobs that can be associated to employers holding High Volume Accreditation.

A fee must be paid for a Job Check application.

 If a job is approved as part of a Job Check application, a non-New Zealand citizen or resident visa holder can apply for an Accredited Employer work visa.

The details of the job offered to the worker must be the same as the job approved in the Job Check application.

Applying for a Job Check

A Job Check application must be made by an accredited employer

Applications must be made using the approved online form provided on the INZ website.

Employers must include evidence demonstrating that they meet the Job Check instructions, including:

  • a detailed job description; and
  • a proposed employment agreement; and
  • if a labour market test is required, evidence of advertising the job.
  • the minimum qualifications, work experience, skills or other specifications required for the job; and

Requirements for a Job Check

An immigration officer may approve an application for a Job Check if they are satisfied that:

  • the employer continues to meet the requirements of their accreditation and
  • the employment is acceptable as set out at, and
  • where required, the job meets the labour market test as set out at, and
  • where the employer holds Standard Accreditation, approval of the Job Check does not result in the employer having more than 5 jobs associated to them.

Acceptable employment

 The employer applying for the Job Check must be:

  • an accredited employer; and
  • the direct employer for the proposed employment; and
  • The remuneration for the proposed employment must be at or above the median wage.
    • Currently (May 2022) the median wage is $27.76 per hour, or the equivalent annual salary.
  • The proposed employment must be full time (at least 30 guaranteed hours per week for every week worked) for the duration of the employment period.
  • The terms and conditions specified for the proposed employment must not be less than those of the New Zealand market for that occupation.
  • Payment for the proposed employment must be by wages or salary, except for any goods or services that are specified in the proposed employment agreement and are determined by an immigration officer to be reasonable deductions.
  • The pay period for the proposed employment must not be longer than one month.
  • The proposed employment must be for a single accredited employer only, unless (exceptions apply).
  • The proposed employment must not involve the employee being placed in a triangular employment arrangement with another organisation, as defined at WA2.60.15, unless the employer holds High Volume Accreditation – Triangular Employment.
  • The proposed employment must be genuine.

Labour market test

The labour market test must be met for all jobs, except where the remuneration for the proposed employment is $55.52 (as at May 2022) per hour or above, or the equivalent annual salary.

The labour market test is met if:

  • the employer has made genuine attempts to attract and recruit suitable New Zealand workers by advertising the job; and
  • the employer did not find suitable and available New Zealand workers for the job.

Evidence that the labour market test is met must include:

  • evidence of the advertising required including the content, dates, duration and platform of the advert(s); and
  • a declaration from the employer about whether they found any suitable and available New Zealand workers for the job.
  • The job must have been advertised:
    • on a general national job listing website where suitable New Zealand citizen or resident class visa workers are likely to apply; or
    • by other means, if those means are more likely to attract suitable New Zealand citizen or resident workers, for example on an industry-specific job listing website.
  • The job advert must have:
    • been listed for at least 14 calendar days; and
    • closed prior to the Job Check application being submitted.
    • The end date of the advertising must be within the 90 days prior to the Job Check application being submitted.

 The advert must include:

  • a job description detailing the key tasks and responsibilities; and
  • the key terms and conditions of the employment, which are consistent with the proposed employment agreement and other information included with the Job Check application, including:
  • the minimum and maximum rate of pay or salary; and
  • where a significant portion of the actual earnings are not guaranteed, the estimated actual earnings (for example what the piece rates or commission rates are, or what the average bonuses are); and
  • the minimum guaranteed hours of work; and
  • the location of the job; and
  • the minimum qualifications, work experience, skills or other specifications required for the
  • The minimum qualifications, work experience, skills or other specifications required for the job must:
    • only include those necessary to perform the work on offer (WA3.20.5); and
    • be the same as those stated in the application form.

Currency and approval specifications of a Job Check

A Job Check may be approved for a duration of 6 months.

An approved Job Check will expire after 6 months, or when the employer’s accreditation lapses or is revoked, whichever occurs first.

An approved Job Check will specify:

  • the occupation; and
  • the minimum and maximum remuneration for the employment; and iii. the location of the employment; and
  • the number of jobs approved; and
  • the Job Check start date; and
  • the Job Check expiry date.