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Sponsor Foreign Workers In NZ

When New Zealand businesses have a shortage of local workers, they can look at how to sponsor foreign workers. It does involve understanding the sponsorship application process to bring in qualified candidates from overseas to fill vacant roles they want to fill.

For more information on hiring overseas workers and the costs involved, speak to an immigration expert who can give you immigration advice and fill you in on the details. Contact Total Law at 0333 305 9375 or visit our website and leave a message so we can discuss your requirements.

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    Overview: Sponsor Foreign Workers In New Zealand

    The New Zealand sponsorship program allows eligible businesses to employ skilled workers from overseas. Bringing in talented workers can be a great move for certain businesses, but it does come with some responsibilities as an employer.

    You’ll need to be prepared to cover their living costs like food, housing, clothing and any medical expenses to make sure they are properly supported during their stay.

    While this is an investment, it allows New Zealand’s businesses access to a wider pool of international talent to fill jobs that are not able to be filled by local residents. It can also help to improve diversity and in some cases, it is known to help drive business growth.

    Importance Of Sponsorship:

    For Employers:

    • Access to skilled talent to address labour shortages.
    • Potential for long-term recruitment and retention of valuable employees.
    • Contribution to a diverse and innovative workforce.

    For Employees:

    • Opportunity to work and gain experience in New Zealand.
    • It can offer a pathway to become a permanent resident.
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    Financial Arrangements For Sponsoring Foreign Workers

    If you hire skilled workers from overseas, you must understand this process requires your company to make a relatively large financial commitment.

    Some of these costs include the application fees and you’re also responsible for providing the financial means to support the worker.

    These costs will include:

    • Living expenses include food, clothing, accommodation, utilities, and other daily costs.
    • Healthcare costs that are not covered by their health insurance.
    • Initial travel costs to New Zealand for the sponsored worker and their dependents.
    • The visa application fees for the sponsored worker and their family member’s.

    To be able to sponsor a foreign worker, you must provide evidence that shows you are offering a job that meets the minimum income threshold set by the New Zealand government. This fee does vary depending on the job itself.

    Throughout the entire process, you must agree to keep accurate records of your finances and when requested, be able to provide these documents and they must prove you’re financially capable of sponsoring an overseas worker and looking after them while they are here.

    It is also important to mention, as a sponsor, you are required to pay the cost of return travel back to the home country of the sponsored person.

    For example, if the foreign worker did not comply with the conditions of the visa, and it resulted in them being deported. You will have to pay any costs associated with this process, such as the costs of deporting them, and paying for their return flights.

    Criteria To Sponsor A Visa Applicant

    To sponsor a foreign worker in New Zealand, as an employer you must be able to meet the requirements for sponsorship set out by the immigration authorities.

    The general eligibility requirements include:

    • Be at least 18 years old or above.
    • Be a registered New Zealand company.
    • Be a citizen, resident, or hold a specific visa allowing sponsorship.
    • Meeting the good character requirements
    • Be able to financially support the sponsored worker.

    As an employer, you need to provide some evidence showing that the job you are offering is a genuine vacancy that you need to fill and it is needed in your business. You may also have to provide evidence that shows you have made an effort to fill the job locally.

    You need to pay the worker at or above the going rate for the job being offered. You must provide them with the same employment conditions as New Zealand citizens or resident employees and they must be consistent with New Zealand’s employment laws and regulations.

    Moreover, hiring from overseas also means you, as a company, must take full responsibility for their settlement into work and life in a new country.

    The key documents you have to provide include;

    • Proof of your New Zealand citizenship or residency status.
    • Evidence of your good character, such as police certificates or character references.
    • Proof of your income, tax returns, and bank statements.
    • Proof of relationship, if sponsoring a family member.
    • Employment contracts demonstrating the job is genuine.

    If you need help gathering these documents or want expert advice on how to meet the criteria based on your situation. Contact Total Law at 0333 305 9375 or message us online.

    Step By Step Guide To Become A Sponsor

    After ensuring you are able to meet the criteria to sponsor a visa applicant from abroad. You can apply by following this guide.

    1. Gather documents and complete the forms:

    Depending on the visa you’re sponsoring, such as a residence visa, visitor visa, work visa, student visa or other. You will need to collect the documents.

    Typically, they include:

    • Proof of identity, residency, and good character
    • Financial documents based on the visa you’re sponsoring.
    • Proof of your company registration in New Zealand.

    Before the sponsored worker can submit an application online. You will need to provide them with a sharing ID, full name and email address. After this, you will be invited via email to go to Immigration online and complete your part of the sponsorship form.

    Make sure to carefully fill it out and provide accurate information. Also be truthful in explaining your intentions on how you plan to support the worker.

    2. Pay the application fees:

    During the application process, the sponsored worker will need to pay the application fee. Some visas are subject to mandatory government levies, these are also payable by the applicant.

    3. Timeline and Processing:

    The time it takes to process an application for sponsorships can vary depending on the type of visa you are sponsoring. Other reasons that can affect this timeframe include;

    • The workload of Immigration New Zealand.
    • The complexity of the applicant’s situation.
    • If there are any further document requests.

    If all goes well, you will receive a decision within 2-3 months.

    Obligations For Sponsors While A Visa Holder Is In New Zealand

    If your sponsorship application is approved, remember you take on important ongoing duties as the employer. You’ll need to make sure the worker follows all visa rules, and you must report any changes in their job role or personal details.

    Financially, you may need to support them, and make sure they know to maintain health insurance, stick to contracted hours, and remain in New Zealand throughout their stay.

    You are also required to help them settle in and provide them with key information like how to find schools or where to register with a doctor.

    If you or the worker fails to keep on top of it all, violations could lead to fines or even cancellation of the visa and deportation.

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      Who Can Sponsor A Visa Applicant?

      Depending on the visa you want to apply for, some people or businesses can sponsor your application. A sponsor can either be a:

      • New Zealand citizen, or resident
      • Refugee, if they are sponsoring a family member
      • New Zealand company, incorporated society or charitable trust
      • Tertiary education provider or a school’s board of trustees

      For example, a New Zealand citizen can sponsor their overseas spouse for a Partner Visa. Or a registered company can sponsor a skilled migrant worker for a Skilled Migrant Visa. Or a school, college or university can sponsor an international student for a Student Visa.

      Who Cannot Sponsor A Visa Applicant?

      The same people or businesses cannot sponsor your application. If they;

      • Want paying for sponsoring you to work in New Zealand
      • Have been convicted of an offence under immigration law.
      • Are in debt to the government due to past sponsorships.
      • Have previously failed to meet sponsorship obligations.

      They cannot be sponsored if the person sponsoring them has a criminal record in New Zealand. Including convictions for dishonesty, drugs, violence, or previous immigration offences.

      Required Documentation For Accreditation

      Obtaining an accredited employer work visa requires employers in New Zealand to demonstrate their commitment to meeting the industry standards.

      The key documentation needed does vary depending on the accreditation body and industry you are in, but some general documents include:

      • An application form which can be found on the accreditation body’s website.
      • Proof of a legal business, such as a registration certificate.
      • Financial statements like tax returns, demonstrating you are financially stable.
      • A visual representation of your company’s structure, outlining roles of key personnel.
      • Documents outlining your company’s policies and procedures.
      • Documents demonstrating the qualifications and training of key personnel relevant to the accreditation standards (e.g., resumes, certificates, licences).
      • Surveys, testimonials, or other evidence showing you meet your customer needs.
      • Documentation related to your facilities and equipment, including maintenance logs, safety compliance certificates, and calibration records (if applicable).

      It is worth mentioning that each accreditation body may have their own document requirements. So it is important to check what exact documents are needed for your chosen program.

      The documentation process can be time-consuming, so gather and organise everything well in advance of the application deadline. Also consider:

      • Use a physical filing system or digital folders to store your documents.
      • To double-check the information you provide is accurate.

      While accreditation bodies often have their own specific forms and templates, some resources offer generic templates that can help you get started, these include:

      • The National Association of Software and Service Companies (NASS COM) provides sample policy and procedure templates for various aspects of business operations.
      • The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) offers guidance and sample documents for implementing quality management systems.

      If you are unsure about what documents are needed for accreditation in your field of work. Consulting with a legal advisor for guidance can be helpful. Our team at Total Law can help you, call us at 0333 305 9375 or message us online to discuss your needs and requirements.

      Addressing Concerns About Employing From Overseas

      Sponsoring foreign workers in NZ has many benefits but some businesses might harbour concerns. Including, fear of job displacement, as people may think that overseas workers might take jobs away from them. However, studies suggest skilled immigrants often fill critical skill gaps and create new jobs by fostering innovation and entrepreneurship.

      Concerns also exist about foreign workers potentially driving down wages. Again, research indicates hiring skilled immigrants has no adverse wage impact on local workers who have the same skills as the foreign workers.

      In fact, they generally earn wages that commensurate with their qualifications and contribute to a more competitive workforce, ultimately benefiting New Zealand’s economy.

      Integrating foreign workers into your existing company culture can be a challenging process, but also rewarding. Successful integration can be achieved by offering:

      • Extra support such as language training, cultural sensitivity workshops, and pre-arrival information to help with their integration into society.
      • Mentorship programs, such as pairing the foreign worker with one of your most experienced colleagues who can offer them guidance and support.
      • An inclusive work environment that celebrates diversity and values their contributions.

      Reasons For Visa Application Rejection

      Unfortunately, sponsorships and visa applications are sometimes rejected. For reasons such as, incomplete or inaccurate applications and providing false information. In fact, these are serious offences that may lead to you being banned from applying in the future.

      Not providing the evidence that supports your claim that you are able to financially support the sponsored worker and their dependents can also lead to it being refused. Likewise, if you or the applicant have not clearly explained the purpose of the visit.

      If you want to become an acceptable sponsor, it is important to ensure both you and the foreign worker meet all of the key sponsorship requirements. It is equally important to ensure that you have submitted all of the documents and they are up to date. As outdated, missing or incomplete information can lead to immediate rejection.

      To avoid this from happening to you, take your time to read the guidelines, paying close attention to the document requirements and any deadlines. Before submitting the paperwork, double-check the information you provide is complete and accurate.

      In addition, you should also;

      • Gather all required supporting documentation well in advance.
      • Be transparent and truthful in all aspects of your application.
      • Consult the official embassy or consulate website for the latest information.

      If your application is rejected, you must understand the reasons why this has happened and address them thoroughly before you resubmit your application. At this stage, you may want to seek professional guidance from immigration law firms like Total Law.

      How Total Law Can Help

      Applying to sponsor a foreign workers can be complex. It has stringent eligibility criteria, and you must prepare and submit an extensive list of documents. By getting yourself expert legal guidance, it can help ensure your application is not only accurate, it also meets the requirements and leads to the best chance of approval.

      The immigration law firm Total Law has a huge amount of experience assisting people worldwide with immigration matters, including sponsorships in New Zealand.

      • Advising which work visa category best suits your needs.
      • Guiding you through the sponsorship application process and requirements.
      • Preparing job offer contracts that comply with immigration laws
      • Assisting you with reviewing your documents, checking for completeness.
      • Appealing on your behalf if your sponsorship application gets declined.

      With Total Law’s expertise, you can have confidence your company will meet the sponsorship duties and hiring foreign nationals through the proper legal channels. Contact the team at Total Law today. Call us at 0333 305 9375 or connect with us online.

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                Frequently Asked Questions

                Your best bet to find a sponsor for your employer is by checking the Accredited Employer Work Visa (AEWV) list on the Immigration New Zealand website. It lists companies authorised to sponsor foreign workers in the country.

                The minimum salary requirement for immigration in New Zealand varies based on the visa type and skill level of the occupation. Generally, the salary offered should meet or exceed the median wage unless specified otherwise by New Zealand immigration.