About this visa South Island Contribution Work Visa

This work visa is for people who hold an Essential Skills Work Visa and have been employed in the South Island for five years or more. This visa provides a pathway to residence if you remain employed in the same industry and region.


30 months

55 and under

All Visa Conditions

With this visa you can

  • Work in the industry and region specified on your current Essential Skills Work Visa.
  • Apply for residence after 2 years.

Things to note

  • You must have been employed full time in the South Island as the holder of an Essential Skills Work Visa for the 5 years prior to 22 May 2017.
  • You can’t include a partner or dependent children in your work visa application, but they can apply for visas based on their relationship to you.

Please check that you meet the detailed criteria before you apply for a visa or travel to New Zealand

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