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Recognised Seasonal Employer (RSE) Scheme Update

Recognised Seasonal Employer (RSE) Scheme Update

Immigration New Zealand (INZ) has announced changes to the Recognised Seasonal Employer (RSE) scheme to support the recovery effort after Cyclone Gabrielle and improve efficiency and care for workers across the seasonal employer sector.

These changes will help ensure that employers have access to skilled labour when they need it, while ensuring that RSE workers have a safe and secure workplace environment. INZ is also introducing stronger monitoring of RSE employers to provide better oversight and protect workers’ rights.

These changes are set to benefit both workers and employers equally across the seasonal employer sector, as well as provide greater financial security for those working in this important industry.

Changes to current settings from 1 March 2023 –

  • Accommodation costs will be temporarily frozen
  • RSE employers must complete Employment NZ e-modules at least once during each RSE status period.
  • INZ may request proof that employer e-modules have been completed at any point during the RSE period.

Effects of Cyclone Gabrielle on RSE workers

The government is working with Pacific partners to help ensure RSE workers can continue their work in the country if they choose.

RSE workers affected by Cyclone Gabrielle will have the opportunity to work in unaffected regions of New Zealand, with a minimum of 30 hours per week and $22.10 per hour.

Options for onshore RSE workers

  • Onshore RSE workers can choose to work for a new employer in the same region for up to one month without needing a new visa, provided the original employer agrees.
  • Employers of cyclone-affected RSE workers can apply for an RSE limited visa, allowing their workers to move to other employers or locations without having to pay a fee or complete an application, and in certain scenarios may be approved without the new employer having an agreement to recruit.
  • The new RSE visa will have the same expiry date as the original visa, and employers will be contacted directly by INZ with the application details.

RSE applications

INZ has announced that beginning 1 March 2023, they will consider the effects of Cyclone Gianelle when assessing applicants for the RSE scheme. This will include employers completing employer e-modules as part of the application process.

More information about RSE workers affected by Cyclone Gabrielle can be found here

Supplementary Seasonal Employer (SSE) Settings

Applications for SSE work visas made on or before 31 December 2022 will be assessed according to COVID-19 guidelines. Any applications received after this date must meet the standard requirements.

More information about the Supplementary Seasonal Employment Work Visa can be found here

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