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Visitor visa holders may apply for a variation of conditions to undertake seasonal work in the Tasman region after the Ministry of Social Development declared a seasonal labour shortage.

As a result of the declared labour shortage, visitor visa holders (including those from visa waiver countries) may apply for a variation of conditions which will enable them to undertake seasonal work for up to six weeks in the Tasman region.

Seasonal work includes planting, maintaining, harvesting and picking crops in the horticulture or viticulture industries.

Applications for variations of conditions should be made on the paper application form ‘INZ 1020 Application for a variation of conditions’.

The fee for a variation of visitor visa conditions is NZ$170.

Further information about applying for a variation of conditions

The declaration will be in place from 5 April until 18 May 2018 and follows discussions with leaders from the pipfruit sector, industry experts and other Government agencies.

Regional Labour Market Manager Lynne Williams says there’s been a number of factors that led to the shortage being called, including a bumper crops, low unemployment in the region and the impact of major unexpected weather events impacting visitor number to the district and causing damage some orchards’ accommodation.

MSD, INZ