Information about Samoan Quota Resident Visa

If you're a Samoan citizen, we encourage you to register for a ballot to come to New Zealand. If your registration is drawn from the ballot, we may invite you to apply for residence. If you’re granted a resident visa, you’ll be able to work, live, and study in New Zealand indefinitely, while also enjoying our unique lifestyle.

Overview

Overview

Length of stay

Indefinitely

Age range

18 – 45

Quota

1100 per year


You can

  • Live, work and study in New Zealand.
  • Include your partner, and dependent children aged 24 and under, in your residence application - if you first included them in your ballot registration.

Things to note

  • You or your partner must have a job offer that pays enough to support you and your family in New Zealand.
  • You must be able to read, write and speak English.
Criteria

Meeting the criteria

The criteria and evidence below will provide you with the information you need to meet the requirements.

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Ballot registration

You must register for the Samoan Quota Scheme ballot by the closing date

You must complete a Samoan Quota Scheme Registration form and include:

  • a copy of your birth certificate
  • copies of birth certificates for your partner and dependent children, if you would like for them to come to New Zealand with you.

Partnership
Dependent children
Samoan Quota Scheme Registration Form (INZ 1086)

Age

You must be at least 18 but no older than 45 when the registration for the ballot closes

We’ll use the birth certificate you send with your ballot registration to confirm your age.

Invitation to apply for residence

You must be invited to apply for residence

If invited to apply for residence, you must apply within 8 months of being invited to apply.

If you’re invited to apply, we’ll send you a letter detailing:

  • any documents you must provide to support your application
  • the last date for accepting your application.

Identity

You must provide proof of your identity

  • 1 acceptable photo if you apply online, or 2 photos if you use a paper application form.
  • your passport or certificate of identity.

Acceptable photos

If you submit a paper application, provide your original passport or a certified copy.  We can usually process your application faster if you provide your original passport.

If you apply online, you must upload a copy of your passport when you apply. We will let you know if you need to send your passport after you've applied.

Sending your passport for online applications

You don’t need to provide proof of your identity until you’re invited to apply for residence.

Character

You must be of good character

If you are 17 or older, you must provide a police certificate from:

  • Samoa
  • any other country where you have spent 12 months or more over the last 10 years.

Good character

How to get a police certificate

Police Certificates must be less than 6 months old when you apply.

You don’t need to provide any Police Certificates until you’re invited to apply for residence.

Citizenship

You must be a citizen of Samoa

If you’re invited to apply for residence, you’ll need to provide a valid passport from your country of citizenship.

Country of birth

You must have been born in Samoa or have a parent who was

If you were born in Samoa, you must provide your birth certificate.

If you were born outside of Samoa, you must provide the following documents for your parent:

  • their birth certificate 
  • their passport or certificate of identity showing they share your country of citizenship.

You don’t need to provide any evidence until you’re invited to apply for residence.

Location

You must apply for residence while in Samoa or while in New Zealand on a valid temporary visa

Any documents that prove where you’re living. Examples include:

  • letters sent to your home address
  • references from your employer.

English language

You must be able to speak English

If invited to apply for residence, we’ll test your English by talking to you about yourself, your family and your background.

You’ll need to be able to read and answer questions in English to pass the test.

New Zealand job offer

You must have a job offer

If you’re invited to apply for residence, you must provide evidence of a current offer of full-time work that is for 12 months or more.  

Evidence must include certified copies of your:

  • job offer
  • job description
  • employment agreement
  • registration, if it’s work you need to be registered to do.

We can’t grant a visa if your employer is included on the list of non-compliant employers maintained by the Labour Inspectorate.

Employment agreements and rights

List of non-compliant employers

The job offer can be for you or for your partner.

Bring family

Your partner and dependent children must meet the requirements for this visa

If invited to apply for residence, you must provide evidence:

  • of your relationship with your partner and dependent children
  • that your partner and dependent children meet the health, character and identity requirements for this visa.

Partnership
Dependent children

Minimum income

You must earn enough money to support your family

If you’re invited to apply for residence, you need to provide evidence, such as employment agreements, that you and your partner will earn NZD $38,577.76 or more between you each year.

We review minimum incomes each year.

Process

Process

The information below will help you understand the process so you can plan ahead and have the best chance of submitting a complete application.

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Fees & receiving centre

Fees & receiving centre

The information below will help you understand the process, timeframes and costs involved in applying for this visa, so you can plan ahead and have the best chance of submitting a complete application.

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Conditions

Conditions

These are the conditions that you must meet once you have your visa.

Entry permission

You must apply for entry permission when you arrive in New Zealand. You can do this by completing an arrival card, which you are given on the way to New Zealand.

Arriving in New Zealand

You can be refused entry permission if:

  • you don’t meet our character requirements
  • your circumstances have changed since you were granted a visa
  • you refuse to let us to take your photo, or provide us with your fingerprints or an iris scan, if we ask you for them.

Arriving in New Zealand

When we grant your visa, you’ll have 3 months to come to New Zealand.

Your partner and dependent children will have 12 months to come to New Zealand.

If you and your family are unable to come to New Zealand by these times, your visa will expire and you’ll have to apply for a new visa.

Your family must have been included in your resident visa application for them to come to New Zealand.

Keep your visa in a valid passport

If you want to travel, your visa must be in a valid passport.

If your passport expires, you must apply to transfer your visa to a new passport before you can travel.

Transferring my visa to a new passport

To transfer your visa, you must:

  • send us your old and new passports
  • complete an ‘Application for Transfer or Confirmation of a Visa’
  • pay a transfer fee.

 

Application for Transfer or Confirmation of a Visa (INZ 1023)

Fees, decision times and where to apply

Travel

You can travel in and out of New Zealand as often as you like until your travel conditions expire.

To travel after that, you will need to apply for and be granted either:

  • a Permanent Resident Visa
  • a variation of your travel conditions, which would allow you to return to New Zealand at a later date. 

Your travel conditions will expire 2 years from the date you first arrive in New Zealand as a resident.

If you’re outside of New Zealand when your travel conditions expire, your visa will expire as well.

Employers

Employer obligations

New Zealand employers have certain obligations they must meet when employing a non New Zealand resident.

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What an employer needs to do

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Job offer

You must provide a written employment agreement, which your candidate will need to support their application

For us to grant your candidate a resident visa, they must provide a written employment agreement, which must:

  • be for at least 30 hours a week and be ongoing for at least 12 months, with an option of more work after that
  • include a full job description, terms and conditions for the job, and your contact details
  • pay at least NZ$33,739.68 a year before tax if they have dependent children
  • pay no less than the minimum wage if they don’t have dependent children
  • comply with New Zealand employment law.

 

You also need to provide a job description and a covering letter.

Minimum employment rights

Writing a job description

Employment agreement builder

You don’t have to check if there are any New Zealanders available to do the work before you offer the job.

If your candidate’s partner also has a job offer, the minimum income requirement can be shared between them, as long as one partner has a full-time job.