Meeting the criteria

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

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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 are aged 17 or older and plan to stay in New Zealand for more than 24 months (including any time you have already spent in New Zealand), you must provide police certificates from:

  • any country you are a citizen of
  • any country you have spent more than 5 years in since you turned 17.

You do not 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

How to get a police certificate

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 will check our records for evidence you are already in New Zealand.

Current student, visitor or work* visa

You must have a current Student or Visitor Visa — or, until 30 June 2021, a Work visa

We will check our records for evidence of your current visa.

* until 30 June 2021 only

People who have a Work visa are not eligible for this visa after 30 June 2021.

Seasonal work

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

Evidence must include (for applications made before 30 June 2021):

  • a job offer from an SSE-approved employer.

Evidence can also include:

  • 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.

Supplementary Seasonal Employers list

For the 2020/21 season (until 30 June 2021) SSE approved employers also include:

  • a Recognised Seasonal Employer (RSE) with an approved Agreement to Recruit where places have been unable to be filled by RSE workers; and
  • any employer in a role, region and during a period of time that's specified by MSD (and published on the Work and Income website)

Recognised Seasonal Employer (RSE) List
Supplementary Seasonal Employer (SSE) visa list | Work and Income website

Onward travel

You must have a ticket to leave New Zealand or enough money to buy one — unless your application has been made between 1 October 2020 and 30 June 2021

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 — unless your application has been made between 1 October 2020 and 30 June 2021

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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