What is a Supplementary Seasonal Employment Work Visa?

The Supplementary Seasonal Employment Work Visa (SSE Visa) is for people already in New Zealand with a valid temporary visa who want to work in jobs like horticulture or viticulture during busy times. It helps fill gaps in the workforce in these areas by letting workers take on temporary jobs during peak seasons.

Age Limit

Applicants must be 18 years or older

Visa Charges (NZ Immigration)

Starts from NZD $245

Processing Time

Around 3 weeks

Length of Stay

Up to 6 months


Changes depending on the season, matching the needs of farming and vineyard jobs.

Benefits of the Supplementary Seasonal Employment Work Visa

  • Work opportunities: Do seasonal jobs like planting, taking care of crops, picking fruits, and packing.
  • Earn money: Get paid while learning about New Zealand’s farming and vineyard industries.
  • Invaluable Experience: Get skills and knowledge useful for agriculture jobs worldwide.

Note: The cost and availability of New Zealand visas can change because of decisions made by the New Zealand Immigration authorities.

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Visa Conditions

Interested in applying for the Supplementary Seasonal Employment Work Visa? There are a few conditions for the visa that you should consider before applying.

Entry Permission

Once your application is approved, your entry conditions will be checked to see if they match your current visa terms.

Work Limits

You can only work for the Supplementary Seasonal Employment-approved employer and in the roles listed in the visa conditions.


Any money you earn in New Zealand will be taxed according to local laws. You’ll need to get an IRD number.


It’s smart to have good health insurance while you’re in New Zealand.

Application Process

Read about the regular application process for the Supplementary Seasonal Employment Work Visa.

Check Eligibility

Make sure you qualify for the SSE Visa, including having the right visa and a job offer from an approved employer.

Gather Documents

Get all needed papers ready, like your current visa info, job offer letter, and any health or character certificates.

Pay Fees

Get ready to pay the visa fee.

Apply Online

Fill out the application on the official Immigration New Zealand website.

Keep Track

Check your application status online or contact Immigration New Zealand.

Get Notified

You’ll be told if your visa is approved. Then, you can get ready to start your new job.

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Supplementary Seasonal Employment Work Visa Process at ICL

We at ICL Immigration, know it can be hard to navigate the journey for the Supplementary Seasonal Employment Work Visa Process. Which is why we offer a tried and tested step-by-step method to help you get your visa without much hassle and stress.

Step 1: Initial Consultation and Checking Eligibility

First, we check if you’re eligible for the SSE Visa based on your current visa.

Step 2: Preparing Documents

Then, we help gather and organize all the documents you need for your application.

Step 3: Application Submission and Follow-up

We’ll send your application to Immigration New Zealand and handle all communication with immigration authorities to make sure everything is in order.

Step 4: Waiting and Keeping in touch

You’ll get regular updates on your application status, and we’ll answer any questions from immigration authorities.

Step 5: Visa Decision and Next Steps

After your visa is approved, we’ll guide you through the next steps, like getting ready for your seasonal job in New Zealand.


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What is the SSE Visa?

The Supplementary Seasonal Employment Work Visa allows individuals already in New Zealand on a valid visa to undertake temporary, seasonal work in the horticulture and viticulture sectors during peak demand periods.

Who is eligible to apply for the SSE Visa?

Eligibility is restricted to those currently in New Zealand who hold a valid student, visitor, or other temporary visa. Applicants must receive a job offer from an SSE-approved employer in the horticulture or viticulture industry.

How long can I stay in New Zealand with an SSE Visa?

The SSE Visa permits a stay of up to six months, depending on the specific demands of the season and the employer's requirements.

What is the processing time for an SSE Visa?

The typical processing time for an SSE Visa application is approximately three weeks, but it can vary depending on the volume of applications and the completeness of the submitted application.

Can I extend my SSE Visa?

No, the SSE Visa does not generally allow for extensions. If you wish to stay longer, you may need to apply for a different type of visa.

Can I include my family in my SSE Visa application?

No, the SSE Visa does not allow the inclusion of partners or dependent children. If a family member wishes to come to New Zealand, they would need to apply for their own appropriate visa.

How much does the SSE Visa cost?

The application fee for an SSE Visa starts from NZD 245. This excludes additional costs for health checks or police certificates if required.

What kind of work can I do on an SSE Visa?

Holders of an SSE Visa can engage in planting, maintaining, harvesting, and packing activities within the horticulture and viticulture industries strictly with an SSE-approved employer.

Are there any travel restrictions with the SSE Visa?

While holding an SSE Visa, you must remain in New Zealand working for your designated employer. If you must leave and re-enter New Zealand, consult Immigration New Zealand about your visa conditions.

Do I need to pay taxes while working on an SSE Visa in New Zealand?

All income earned while on an SSE Visa is subject to New Zealand tax laws. You must obtain an Inland Revenue Department (IRD) number and comply with local tax obligations.

What happens if my employment ends before the visa expires?

If your employment ends earlier than expected, you must notify Immigration New Zealand. You may need to leave New Zealand unless you find another SSE-approved employer or apply for a different visa.

Can I switch employers while on an SSE Visa?

Yes, but only if the new employer is also an SSE-approved employer and Immigration New Zealand approves the change. You must inform Immigration New Zealand of any changes to your employment situation.

Disclaimer: The information provided is subject to change based on New Zealand government policies. For the most current information, please refer to Immigration New Zealand or contact ICL Immigration for updated guidance.

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