What employers should know
The RSE process
For employers, there are four steps in the RSE process:
Step 1 – Becoming an RSE
The first step in the process for employers is applying for recognition as a recognised seasonal employer (RSE).
Step 2 – Getting an ATR
Once you have RSE status you need to apply for an agreement to recruit (ATR) workers from offshore.
Step 3 – Offering a job and employing overseas workers
When you have an ATR you can make a job offer. Your prospective worker will need to provide us with evidence of your offer to get a visa from offshore. Then they can come to New Zealand, work for the length of time their permit is issued for, and return home.
Step 4 – Bring your workers back next season
Finally, if you want to get your workers back for another season, they may be able to return to New Zealand under a new ATR if the conditions of their permit have been met, and if there is a continued labour shortage.
Please follow this link to the Immigration New Zealand website.