Applying for Recognised Seasonal Employer status

To be granted Recognised Seasonal Employer (RSE) status, you’ll need to show us you meet all of the criteria for becoming an RSE – you can do this by providing all the evidence we ask for.

What you need to do

Financial position

Your business must be in a sound financial position. The evidence you have to provide can include: 

  • a signed statement of credit worthiness from you confirming that your business is financially viable and that you know of no adverse credit matters affecting your business
  • a statement from a chartered accountant confirming your business is financially sound and is able to meet all its outstanding contingent liabilities
  • an authenticated set of accounts showing your business is in a sound financial position.

Human resource policies and practices

Your business’s human resource policies and practices must be of a high standard.

Evidence can include:

  • a copy of your human resource manual or guidelines
  • a written statement detailing your human resource policies and practices
  • pastoral care arrangements for overseas workers
  • documents showing you pay your workers market rates.

Commitment to training and employing New Zealanders

You must be committed to training and employer New Zealanders first. You may need to provide some of the following for evidence:  

  • proof of any in-house training or development programmes
  • proof of your involvement with New Zealand Industry Training Organisations
  • invoices for your employees to attend external training courses
  • a document detailing the steps you’ve taken in the last 12 months to recruit New Zealand workers
  • documents showing you advertised for New Zealand workers
  • a letter of support from an industry body confirming your commitment to recruiting New Zealanders
  • records of any communication with Work and Income about recruiting New Zealanders.

Good workplace practices

You may need to provide a copy of your business' health and safety policy and procedures. 

Next steps

Apply for a Recognised Seasonal Employer Status

You’ll need to complete an ‘Application for Recognised Seasonal Employer Status’ and send it to us together with your supporting documents and application fee to:

Recognised Seasonal Employer Unit
Immigration New Zealand – Wellington Office
PO Box 27149
Wellington

We make a decision about your application

We’ll process your application as soon as we can.

Most applications for Recognised Employer Status are processed within 6 weeks, but it can take longer in some situations.
If there’s anything else you need to do, we’ll be in touch.

Guide to Becoming a Recognised Seasonal Employer (INZ 1145) PDF 262KB

Application for Recognised Seasonal Employer Status (INZ 1140) PDF 616KB

Fees Guide (INZ 1028) PDF 272KB

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’ and send it to us at:

Recognised Seasonal Employer Unit
Immigration New Zealand – Wellington Office
PO Box 27149
Wellington

You can only apply for an ATR if you already have RSE status.

You will need to apply for a new ATR for each season you want to hire overseas workers.

Application for an Agreement to Recruit (INZ 1141) PDF 952KB

Repatriation Agreement (Single Employer ATRs) DOC 46KB

Repatriation Agreement (Joint ATRs)  DOC 40KB

Fees Guide (INZ 1028) PDF 272KB

We make a decision about your application

We’ll process your application as soon as we can.

Most applications for Agreements to Recruit are processed within 20 working days, but it can take longer in some situations.
Once you’re granted an ATR, you can go ahead and offer jobs to seasonal workers from overseas.

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