Visa Services for Employers

In these days of EMPLOYER ACCREDITATION, labour market testing and immigration advisor licensing, there’s no substitute for sound, strategic immigration advice for New Zealand employers from experienced professionals.

If you’re an employer who routinely recruits overseas workers,  you’ll need to be registered as an accredited employer with Immigration New Zealand. Accreditation is a compliance-focussed regime which places various responsibilities on an employer’s business and requires record-keeping for potential auditing. To become accredited, employers must declare that they meet (and will continue to meet) various business, employment law and immigration law requirements. They are able to select to have either Standard accreditation (allowing employment of up to 5 migrant workers at any one time), or High-volume accreditation (allowing employment of 6 or more migrants at any one time).

The Immigration Advisers Licensing Act 2007 also affects the kind of immigration advice that employers can give their prospective employees. Even ‘in-house’ immigration advice from an unlicensed staff-member to overseas employees is now prohibited by law.

There’s no doubt that employing migrants requires a smarter and more strategic approach than ever before. 

When it comes to representing New Zealand employers, McLeod & Associates are true immigration strategists with a proven track-record for achieving results for our clients in a timely, cost-effective manner. We like to get to know our corporate and small-business clients well and to understand their business and their human resource needs going forward.

In addition to handling all onshore and offshore visa applications, we provide our employer clients with incisive legal opinions for resolving immigration / employment issues, effective on-call immigration advice, and practical trouble-shooting tips for maintaining compliance with immigration laws and policies.

If you’re an employer in need of strategic immigration advice and representation, contact us to find out how we can help your company.


Our employer clients come from a range of industries. Some of them include :


“During our association with McLeod & Associates we have had a total success rate with all our applications. We have found them to be competent, well presented, trustworthy and with the ability to deliver results on time”

Graham Wing, General Manager of Finance & General Affairs Honda New Zealand Ltd


“We have used McLeod & Associates for a wide variety of requests relating to high performance sport. This has been an exceptional relationship with a high quality of service received at all times.  Prompt, thorough and prepared to genuinely support our players long-term.  I have no hesitation in recommending Joanne and the company.”

Dr Aidan Hobson, New Zealand Cricket Players’ Association


“We call on McLeod & Associates to act for some of our staff. We have enjoyed a very positive relationship with this firm and we can count on their professionalism and expertise. They get results.”


“Although our relationship is still very new we have valued the guidance and expertise given to date and look forward to continuing to work together”


”Vector Foiltec have used McLeod & Associates for all of our immigration work. They have provided a consistently high level of service and we would have no hesitation in recommending them.”


“McLeod & Associates have assisted the NZNPA with visa and immigration matters affecting elite netballers.  We have always received a thoroughly professional service and been provided with accurate information in a very timely fashion.  However, what is most impressive is the quality of their people – they are very engaging with a can-do attitude and their service always exceeds our reasonable expectations.”

Tim Lythe, Manager, New Zealand Netball Players Association


“McLeod and Associates assisted the EPMU and a group of its members in a very difficult immigration situation. The firm worked diligently and sensitively to achieve a great outcome. I would have no hesitation in instructing them again and recommending them to others for this type of work.”

Andrew Little, National Secretary
Engineering, Printing & Manufacturing Union


“We had some challenges within a recruitment which required the specific competencies offered by McLeod & Associates. We found Richard and his team to be extremely competent, thorough and timely. Bell Tea and Coffee Company operate within a very clear & valued set of  Guiding Principles – and we look to work with like-minded people and companies such as McLeod & Associates. I would have no hesitation in recommending their services to other individuals or companies.”

Lynne Banks, Group Marketing & Sales Director, Bell Tea & Coffee Company Ltd.