Under the Immigration Act 2009, Employers must not employ a foreign national who is not entitled to work in New Zealand. This requirement applies whether or not the manager knows that the foreign national was entitled to work. The penalties for an Employer committing this offence ranges from a maximum $10,000 for an employer allowing a foreign national to work who was not entitled to, to a maximum penalty of $50,000 if the employer knew the foreign national was not entitled to work and continued to allow them to work.
Given the importance of this matter, the provision of an IR330 form is no longer a “reasonable excuse” for employing a foreign national who is not entitled to work in New Zealand. Instead employers are required to show that they took reasonable precautions and exercised due diligence to check whether the foreign national was entitled to work.
Verified NZ can provide instant clear, legible and verified copies of their New Zealand citizenship/permanent residency or a valid work permit. If the individual holds a work permit, then this will show any restrictions imposed.
Also by using the Verified NZ system an audit trail will be held to show when requested that your company is compliant with the Immigration Act.