These are the conditions that you must meet once you have your visa.

Entry permission

You must apply for entry permission when you arrive in New Zealand. You can do this by completing an arrival card, which you are given on the way to New Zealand.

Arriving in New Zealand

You can be refused entry permission if:

  • you don’t meet our character requirements
  • your circumstances have changed since you were granted a visa
  • you refuse to let us to take your photo, or provide us with your fingerprints or an iris scan, if we ask you for them.


You can only work for the Recognised Seasonal Employer listed in your RSE Limited visa.

Your work will be in our fruit and vegetable or wine industries doing jobs like:

  • planting
  • maintaining crops
  • harvesting
  • packing.

If your work ends your visa may be extended or changed so you can work for other employers or do other work.

Everyone who has a job in New Zealand pays tax on what they earn. An IRD number can be applied for online through Inland Revenue.

Apply online for an IRD number


You can’t study on this visa.

Medical insurance

You must maintain your medical insurance while in New Zealand. 


  • You can come to New Zealand up to 14 days before you are meant to start work.
  • You cannot come to New Zealand any more than 14 days after you are meant to start work.
  • You can only travel to New Zealand once on an RSE Limited Visa.

Visa expiry

You must leave New Zealand before your visa expires.

RSE visa holders from most countries are allowed to stay in New Zealand for a maximum time of 7 months in any 11-month period.

In exceptional circumstances and if you have not already stayed in New Zealand for the maximum time allowed, you may be able to apply for a further RSE Limited Visa to continue working for a Recognised Seasonal Employer for the balance of the time you are allowed to stay.

If you want to apply for any other visa, you cannot apply until after you have left New Zealand.

If you are still in New Zealand after your visa expires, you risk being deported.

If you do not leave New Zealand before your visa expires