Accreditation for the Accredited Employer Work Visa (AEWV) in New Zealand is a necessary process for employers to get and keep. To obtain this accreditation, employers must comply with a range of immigration and employment laws. Failing to do so can result in penalties which could significantly affect your business. It is important that employers understand what legal compliance for AEWV accreditation in New Zealand involves and how to ensure they are meeting the required standards
This article will outline what is meant by legal compliance for AEWV accreditation in New Zealand, as well as the potential penalties that may be incurred if you fail to meet these requirements.
If If you breach minimum employment standards you may be stood-down or permanently banned from supporting migrants on work visas.
To ensure that employers comply with the regulations of employment standards, The Labour Inspectorate maintains a stand-down list of those who have committed breaches. When you apply for accreditation to hire migrants, we conduct checks on this database to guarantee your eligibility.
There are some offences under the Immigration Act 2009 where the court imposes a fine, but no other penalty. If you are convicted of one of these offences you will be stood-down for a defined amount of time. This means you will not be able to sponsor work visas during that time.
The offences leading to a stand-down period are:
Once the stand-down period has expired, it is essential to demonstrate that any noncompliance issues were addressed and measures are in place to ensure they do not recur. In addition, opening a new business under another name will not excuse previous compliance transgressions - it will be still taken into account.
You will be permanently banned from sponsoring work visas and sentenced to prison if you are convicted of any of the following Immigration Act offences:
You will also be permanently banned from sponsoring work visas if you are convicted, regardless of the penalty, under the Immigration Act for offences including:
If you are found guilty of any charge under the Crimes Act, your opportunity to sponsor work visas will be forever revoked, regardless of the sentence. Here are some pointers that lead to it.
We will guide you through the entire accreditation process, advise on compliance matters, and fully support your business in all areas of the Accredited Employer Work Visa.
We are here to help and ensure that the whole process is as stress-free as possible for you. Contact us today!