By Lavinia Askin
5 August 2022
While some employers are taking a day-by-day approach to keeping their business running smoothly at the same time as waiting to fill critical vacancies, a mountain of applications is growing by the minute.
The numbers say it all:
The AEWV policy is a new employer-led work visa system. This means that employers have to learn how to navigate the new technology and AEWV policy. At the same time, Immigration New Zealand (INZ) staff are receiving a lot of enquiries from employers while having to iron out technical issues holding up the system.
INZ acknowledge the effects of the technical issues on the delays, that are no doubt compounded by pressure on the INZ workforce caused by COVID-19 and other winter illnesses.
There are three steps for employers to employ migrant workers. The Job Check step is the second of these and unless you get it right, your vacancy will not be filled any time soon.
As explained by my colleague Heather Collins in an earlier blog, many employers have never had to deal with Immigration New Zealand before. They’ve had to decide whether it’s worthwhile for them to undertake an onerous process to obtain accreditation and then be subject to additional scrutiny from the government.
If you’re an employer and you’ve decided to invest in the process then it’s critical you avoid mistakes that will hold up your applications.
Pitt & Moore advisors can explain the new immigration rules and processes exactly as they apply to you and your business, so please contact us for some expert navigation and advice.
INZ aim to process Job Check applications within 10 working days where applications are straightforward, complete and correct. Here are the most common mistakes employers are making that are putting their applications on the back burner:
To minimise time wastage and associated costs we recommend seeking specialist advice. Getting the right advice early will also reduce the likelihood of having an application declined. What sets us apart is that we are experts in each step of the immigration process as well as in employment law. This means that we can advise on all immigration, employment and visa-related issues.
Feel free to reach out to our team of Immigration and employment legal experts to help navigating this new system.
We offer an initial 15-minute free consultation to all new clients to discuss your particular circumstances and what services we can provide.
Disclaimer: The information contained in this publication is of a general nature and is not intended as legal advice. It is important that you seek legal advice that is specific to your circumstances.