Supplementary Seasonal Employer (SSE) visa

22 September 2020.

The Minister of Immigration has announced changes for people on a working holiday visa. 

Updated: 9 October 2020

If you're on a working holiday visa that's due to expire between 1 October 2020 and 31 March 2021, you’ll automatically be granted a Supplementary Seasonal Employer (SSE) visa. This will allow you to stay in New Zealand to work in short-term horticulture and viticulture roles, where there are not enough New Zealanders available.

Horticulture roles could include:

  • fruit picking
  • harvesting.

Viticulture roles could include:

  • pruning vines
  • picking grapes
  • planting.

How to get horticulture and viticulture work

There are a number of ways that people with an SSE visa can get into horticulture and viticulture work.

You could be employed by either:

  • an employer with an approved SSE Approval in Principle (AIP)
  • a Recognised Seasonal Employer (RSE) with an approved Agreement to Recruit (ATR), where places haven't been filled by RSE workers, or
  • any employer into a role, region and during a period of time that's specified by us (see the list of roles and regions below).

List of roles and regions

Go to our 'Hiring someone on a SSE visa' page to find out what roles are specified by us.