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WH1.1 Objectives and Overview - RSE Policy
The objectives of the RSE Policy are to:
- allow horticulture and viticulture businesses to supplement their New Zealand workforce with non-New Zealand citizen or resident workers when labour demand exceeds the available New Zealand workforce and employers have made reasonable attempts to train and recruit New Zealand citizens and residents; and
- promote best practice in the horticulture and viticulture industries to support economic growth and productivity of the industry as a whole, while ensuring that the employment conditions of both New Zealand and non-New Zealand citizen or resident workers are protected and supported; and
- encourage economic development, regional integration and good governance within the Pacific, by allowing preferential access under RSE Policy to workers who are citizens of eligible Pacific countries; and
- ensure workers recruited under this policy are adequately paid and financially benefit from their time in New Zealand; and
- ensure outcomes which promote the integrity, credibility and reputation of the New Zealand immigration and employment relations systems.
WH1.1.5 Meeting the objectives of RSE policy
To ensure these objectives are met:
- RSE limited purpose visas and permits will only be issued or granted under the RSE Policy where:
- there are available places for employment in the horticulture and viticulture industries as determined by INZ in consultation with Ministry of Social Development (MSD); and
- INZ is satisfied the RSE will:
- continue to have direct responsibility for those workers and their work output (except where WH1.5.5(d) applies); and
- comply strictly with the requirements for RSE status and Agreements to Recruit (ATRs) under the RSE Policy; and
- a high standard of proof is required to satisfy INZ that policy requirements will be and are being met; and
- INZ may consider the compliance history and particular employment or other arrangements (including recruitment practices) of the RSE and other organisations or individuals associated with the RSE; and
- permission to use non-New Zealand citizen or resident workers will be withdrawn and further permission refused where there is any breach of requirements other than of a minor nature; and
- RSE status will not be granted to employers whose core area of business activity is the facilitation of entry to New Zealand of non-New Zealand citizens and residents or who are not engaged directly in the industries to which this policy applies.
- An employer who wishes to recruit non-New Zealand citizen or resident workers to plant, maintain, harvest and pack crops in the horticulture and viticulture industries under this policy must apply to become a Recognised Seasonal Employer (RSE) (see WH1.5).
- An employer with RSE status may then apply for an Agreement to Recruit (ATR). An ATR allows the recruitment of a set number of non-New Zealand citizen or resident workers for each period where demand requires it (see WH1.10). ATRs will be restricted to recruitment from specified Pacific countries, unless RSEs can satisfy INZ that they:
- have pre-established relationships with workers of other nationalities (see WH1.10.20); or
- have made reasonable attempts to recruit from the specified Pacific countries, but were unsuccessful (see WH1.10.15); or
- have reasonable grounds for why it is not feasible to recruit from the specified Pacific countries.
- An employer with a current ATR may offer seasonal employment to non-New Zealand citizen or resident workers.
- Workers who hold such an offer of employment may then apply for an RSE limited purpose visa or permit (see WH1.15) consistent with the terms and conditions of the RSE’s ATR.
- All visas issued and permits granted to plant, maintain, harvest and pack crops in the horticulture or viticulture industry for an RSE under the RSE policy will be issued and/or granted under the RSE Limited Purpose Entry policy (see WH1.15).
WH1.1.15 Annual limit to number of permits available under RSE Policy
- The number of permits that can be granted under this policy is limited to 8000 for each year ending 30 June.
- Applications for ATRs or RSE limited purpose visas or permits submitted after this limit has been reached will not be approved for places within that year and the application fee will be refunded.
- INZ will take into consideration the following matters when determining whether the annual limit has been reached:
- the number of permits granted in the year ending 30 June; and
- the number of workers requested in ATRs approved for each year ending 30 June.