South Island Contribution Resident Visa

Some South Island Contribution Work Visa holders may now be eligible for residence as they meet the requirements for the South Island Contribution Resident Visa.

The South Island Contribution Work Visa was available for 12 months from May 2017, offering a pathway to residence for long-term workers in the South Island.

South Island Contribution Work Visa holders may be eligible for residence after they have been employed for 2 years in a full-time role in the region, in an industry specified on their South Island Contribution Work Visa.

Visa holders who meet these requirements can apply for a South Island Contribution Resident Visa. Unlike other residence from work categories, partners and dependent children do not need to provide evidence of meeting English language requirements.

The full list of visa criteria can be found on the visa factsheet or in immigration instructions RW8 on the INZ website.

Visa factsheet – South Island Contribution Resident Visa

RW8 Residence instructions for holders of work visas granted under South Island Contribution work instructions

Applications for this visa category must be submitted using the paper Residence Application form (INZ 1000). The Immigration website has information about where to send forms.

Residence Application form (INZ 1000) PDF 487KB

Fees, decision times and where to apply