Maintain your Recognised Seasonal Employer status

If you’re likely to have an ongoing need to supplement your New Zealand workforce, you’ll need to maintain your Recognised Seasonal Employer (RSE) status. If you’re granted RSE status for a second or subsequent time, your status will be valid for 3 years.

What you need to do

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Reapply for Recognised Seasonal Employer status

To maintain your Recognised Employer Status, you must reapply for it after the first 2 years

To reapply you must complete ‘Application for Recognised Seasonal Employer Status’ and show us you continue to:

  • be in a sound financial position
  • have good human resource and workplace practices
  • be committed to training and employing New Zealanders
  • comply with employment and immigration law.

You must provide:

  • documents showing you’ve maintained your sound financial position
  • a written statement documenting any changes to human resource policies and practice since your last application, or confirmation that there have been no changes
  • a written statement documenting any changes to health and safety policies since your last application, or confirmation that there have been no changes
  • documents showing you’ve maintained your commitment to training and employing New Zealanders
  • details of the pastoral care you provide to overseas workers.

 

How long your RSE status lasts

If you reapply for Recognised Seasonal Employer (RSE) status and we grant it, it’ll be valid for 3 years. If you want to continue to apply for Agreements to Recruit after this, you’ll need to maintain your RSE status by reapplying for it every 3 years.

Application for Recognised Seasonal Employer Status (INZ 1140) PDF 1024KB

It’s a good idea to apply 3 months before your status expires. If your status expires, we’ll treat your application like you’re applying for the first time.

How to apply

Immigration costs

Application cost

NZD ($) $ 960

You must be a New Zealand employer in New Zealand to apply.

Timeframes

Processing

within 3 months

90% of applications are currently completed within this time.

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Reapply for Recognised Seasonal Employer Status

To reapply you must complete ‘Application for Recognised Seasonal Employer Status’.

If none are available, you can apply for Recognised Seasonal Employer (RSE) Status by completing an ‘Application for Recognised Seasonal Employer Status’. You‘ll need to send it to us together with your application fee and supporting documents.

Receiving centre details

Receiving centres handle the administrative, non-decision making activities surrounding the lodgement of a visa application. The information here is a guide only. For the most up to date and accurate information please visit the the website as listed below.

Payment methods

Credit Card
You can pay with Visa or MasterCard. We take payment when we receive your application. You must have enough funds available on the day we receive your application or it may be returned to you.

Bank cheque/draft
You can pay by Bank cheque.

Bank cheques should be made payable to the NZ Immigration Service.

Personal cheque
You can pay by personal cheque.

Personal cheques should be addressed to the NZ Immigration Service. If you pay by personal cheque your application will be held for 10 working days to allow the cheque to be cleared. This delay will increase the time needed to assess your application.

Postal address

Immigration New Zealand
P O Box 50728
Porirua 5240
New Zealand

Hours

Phone enquiries
Monday to Saturday
06:00 to 24:00

Closed Sunday

Other notes

Applications made in New Zealand

For applications made in New Zealand, there is no courier fee to be paid for applications or documents to be returned.

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We grant your RSE Status

Once you are granted, it’ll be valid for 3 years. If you want to continue to apply for Agreements to Recruit after this, you will need to maintain your RSE status by reapplying for it every 3 years.

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Apply for an Agreement to Recruit

Before you can recruit overseas workers, you must apply for an Agreement to Recruit (ATR) by completing an ‘Application for an Agreement to Recruit’.

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Wait for a decision

Once you are granted an ATR, you can go ahead and offer jobs to seasonal workers from overseas.

You will need to support your workers’ visa applications by providing them with written employment agreements outlining the work and their working conditions.

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