Meeting the criteria

The criteria and evidence below will provide you with the information you need to meet the requirements of this visa.

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Identity

You must provide proof of your identity

You must provide proof of your identity:

Acceptable photos

You may provide your original passport, or a certified copy when you submit your application. If you provide a certified copy we may request your original passport to complete your application.

Your passport must be valid for at least 3 months after you plan to leave New Zealand.

Character

You must be of good character

You may need to provide police certificates as proof of your good character.

If you're aged 17 and over and will stay in New Zealand for more than 24 months, you must provide police certificates from:

  • your country(s) of citizenship
  • any country(s) you've spent more than 5 years in since turning 17.

You don't need to provide police certificates if you have provided them to us with an earlier visa application, and they were issued in the previous 24 months.

Good character
Police certificates

Bona fide

You must genuinely intend to meet the conditions of your visa

When we assess if you’re bona fide, we’ll consider all of the information that:

  • you provide to support your application
  • we have about your personal circumstances and any previous applications.

Bona fide

Age

You must be 18 or over

We’ll use the documents you provide as proof of your identity to confirm your age.

Location

You must be already in New Zealand

We’ll check our records for evidence you’re already in New Zealand.

Current Student or Visitor Visa

You must have a current Student or Visitor Visa

We’ll check our records for evidence you have a current Student or Visitor Visa.

People who have a Work Visa aren’t eligible for this visa.

Seasonal work

You must genuinely intend to do seasonal work for an SSE-approved employer

Evidence can include:

  • a job offer from an SSE-approved employer
  • documents that show you’ve booked travel to or accommodation in a region where SSE-approved employers are located
  • documents that describe the seasonal work  that may be available for you to do in the horticulture or viticulture industries, like information about SSE-approved employers, crops and regions, or a harvest trail plan
  • records showing you’ve contacted a Seasonal Labour Co-ordinator 
  • records showing you’ve contacted an SSE-approved employer.

Seasonal work can include planting, maintaining, harvesting or packing crops.

SSE-approved employers have INZ approval’s to employ overseas workers to do seasonal work when there are not enough New Zealanders do the work.
SSE-approved employers list

Onward travel

You must have a ticket to leave New Zealand or enough money to buy one

Evidence can include:

  • your travel ticket
  • proof you have enough money to buy a return ticket to your home country, eg bank or credit card statements.

No previous SSE (or TRSE) work visa

You must not have been granted an SSE (or TRSE) work visa before

We’ll check our records to make sure we haven’t already granted you a Transitioning to Recognised Seasonal Employer or Supplementary Seasonal Employment Work Visa.

We no longer grant TRSE visas, they’ve been replaced by the Seasonal Supplementary Employment (SSE) Work Visa.

 

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