Information about Supplementary Seasonal Employment Work Visa

People who are already in New Zealand on a student or visitor visa can make a one-off application for a work visa to do seasonal work in the horticulture or viticulture industries. For the 2020/21 season only, people in New Zealand who hold or have held a work visa can also apply (including people who have previously held a SSE visa). You can only apply if there are not enough New Zealanders available to do the work.

Overview

6 months or until 30 June 2021 — for 20/21 season only

18 and over

Decided each season


All conditions

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Things to note

  • For the 2020/21 season people who have previously held a TRSE or SSE visa or a work visa since their most recent arrival into NZ are only eligible for an SSE visa until 30 June 2021, whereas other eligible applicants will get either six month visa or a visa until 30 June 2021, whichever is longer.
  • You can only be granted one Supplementary Seasonal Employment (SSE) Work Visa — you cannot apply if you’ve had a SSE Work Visa, or a TRSE Visa before. This does not apply for the 2020/21 Season (for applications submitted before June 2021).
  • You cannot apply for this visa if you’ve been granted a work visa since your last visit to New Zealand. Note: this does not apply for the 2020/21 Season (for applications submitted before June 2021).
  • You cannot include a partner or dependent children in your visa application.

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