Supplementary Seasonal Employment – Approval in Principle

You may wish to consider applying for a Supplementary Seasonal Employment (SSE) Approval in Principle, if you need to supplement your New Zealand workforce with overseas workers to manage seasonal labour demands. If we approve your application, you can employ the number of overseas workers detailed in your Approval in Principle. To be able to work for you, workers must already be in New Zealand and have an SSE Work Visa.

Duration

Overseas workers can work for you for up to 6 months.

With this option you can

  • Recruit overseas workers who are already in New Zealand to plant, maintain, harvest, or pack crops in peak seasons when there is more demand for labour than there are New Zealanders to do the work.
  • Employ overseas workers who are already in New Zealand and have a Supplementary Seasonal Employment (SSE) Visa.
  • Hire the number of SSE workers we approved when you applied for your Approval in Principle – you’ll need to tell us about the number of available jobs when you apply.

Things to note

  • We'll only approve your application if after checking with Work and Income, we can confirm there aren't enough suitable New Zealanders available to do the work. 

What's involved

  1. Apply for an Approval in Principle
  2. We make a decision about your application
  3. Hire workers who hold an Supplementary Seasonal Employment work visa
  4. Maintain your approval