If you are overseas, aged 18 years and over, you want to work in New Zealand’s horticulture and viticulture industries, and you have a job offer from an employer whom we have approved, you may be eligible for a visa under the Recognised Seasonal Employer work category. Please note that people approved to work in New Zealand under this category will be issued limited visas.
If you want to find out more about this process, or you are an employer, see the Recognised Seasonal Employer Work Category pages for employers. When you apply for a limited visa under this category we will ask to see your job offer, and we will want to know that it meets our requirements for employment agreements. You can see these requirements on our pages for employers.
You may be eligible for a visa under this category if you:
Before we give you a limited visa we want to know that you have an acceptable standard of health. You may have to provide a chest X-ray certificate or undergo HIV/AIDS screening.
The evidence that you must provide depends on where you are from, and your travel history.
Applicants for an RSE limited visa who are HIV-positive are not eligible for a visa under RSE work category.
If you apply for a limited visa with travel conditions, and you are subsequently granted a limited visa with stay conditions, your stay in New Zealand is restricted to fulfilling the express purpose for which the visa was granted.
There are several restrictions on people who hold a limited visa with stay conditions:
You do not have any of the appeal rights that holders of other kinds of visas have, such as the right to appeal to the Immigration and Protection Tribunal or High Court.
If you are in New Zealand unlawfully after your limited visa expires, you will be liable for immediate deportation from New Zealand.
If you think you are eligible you should:
* Your prospective Recognised Seasonal Employer may provide the application fee directly to INZ if they have agreed to this in advance. If your prospective employer has agreed to this, please ensure you tick the appropriate box in the payment section of the application form.
RSE limited visa applications from applicants in the Pacific must be sent to the Immigration New Zealand branch indicated below, according to country of citizenship.
RSE limited visa applications from applicants in the rest of the world must be sent to the closest Immigration New Zealand branch listed below.
List of employers approved under Supplementary Seasonal Employment (SSE)
Office and fees finder
Recognised Seasonal Employer (RSE) List