Changes to Accredited Employer Framework

The New Zealand Government has announced significant changes to the accredited employer framework.

What are the key changes?


1. Increasing the minimum base salary for a work to residence visa, from $55,000 to $79,560.

2. Removing the option to get a permanent resident visa after two years of holding a work to residence visa, with a salary of more than $90,000.

  • Employees will still be able to acquire standard residence but will need to continue living in New Zealand for a further two years to acquire a permanent resident visa.

3. Limiting employer accreditation to 24 months.

  • From 7 October 2019 Immigration New Zealand will only grant employers accredited status for two years, rather than five.

Who will be impacted?

  • Accredited employers looking to support employees through the work to residence visa pathway; and

  • Individuals working for accredited employers who earn at least $55,000 but have not yet applied for a work to residence visa.

Our advice

If you are earning between $55,000 and $79,560 and have not yet applied for a work to residence visa, we recommend you do so before 6 October 2019.


Please get in touch with one of our experts today.


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