Information about Supplementary Seasonal Employer 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

Overview

Length of stay

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

Age range

18 and over

Number of visas

Decided each season


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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 months or a visa until 30 June 2021, whichever is longer.
  • You can only be granted one Supplementary Seasonal Employment (SSE) Work Visa — you can’t 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.
Criteria

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.

If you are a citizen of China and you submit a paper application form in China, you must also complete a supplementary form.

Supplementary form for Chinese citizens (INZ 1027) PDF 306KB

If you are submitting a paper application form, you must provide a supplementary form for Hong Kong and Macao visitors, workers and students.

Supplementary form for Hong Kong and Macao visitors, workers and students (INZ 1220) PDF 322KB

Also provide your:

  • Hukou (household registration book)
  • Chinese identity card.

Also provide a copy of your Identity card.

Health

You must be in good health

You may need to have a chest x-ray, a medical examination or both as proof of your good health.

Who needs an x-ray or medical examination

You must provide a chest x-ray completed in the last 3 months, even if you've provided one to us previously, if:

  • you have spent 6 consecutive months in China since the last x-ray certificate was issued, and
  • you are now coming to NZ for more than 6 months.

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.

Process

Process

The information below will help you understand the process so you can plan ahead and have the best chance of submitting a complete application.

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Fees & receiving centre

Fees & receiving centre

The information below will help you understand the process, timeframes and costs involved in applying for this visa, so you can plan ahead and have the best chance of submitting a complete application.

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Conditions

Conditions

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

Work

You can only do work planting, maintaining, harvesting or packing crops in the horticulture or viticulture industries for an SSE approved employer. For the 2020/21season only (until 30 June 2021) you can also work for:

  • 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) with an approved Agreement to Recruit

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

Study

You can do any study or training that’s authorised by your SSE approved employer as part of your employment.

You can do other study as long as you won’t be studying for more than 3 months in any 12-month period.

Onward travel

You must have the means to leave New Zealand at all times during your stay.

Visa expiry

You must leave New Zealand before your visa expires.

Visa expiry dates are printed on a visa label or included in a visa letter.