Information about 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.

Overview

Overview

Length of stay

30 months

Age range

55 and under


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.
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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Identity

You must provide proof of your identity

You must provide proof of your identity:

Acceptable photos

You may provide your original passport, or a certified copy when you submit your application. If you provide a certified copy we may request your original passport to complete your application.

If you are a citizen of China and you submit a paper application form in China, you must also complete a supplementary form.

Supplementary form for Chinese citizens (INZ 1027) PDF 306KB

If you are submitting a paper application form, you must provide a supplementary form for Hong Kong and Macao visitors, workers and students.

Supplementary form for Hong Kong and Macao visitors, workers and students (INZ 1220) PDF 322KB

Also provide your:

  • Hukou (household registration book)
  • Chinese identity card.

Also provide a copy of your Identity card.

Character

You must be of good character

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

  • your country of citizenship
  • any country you have lived in for 5 years or more since you turned 17 years old.

Good character

How to get a police certificate

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

If you provide a police certificate that is not in English, you must provide an English translation.

This includes police certificates that record no convictions.

Health

You must be in good health

You must have a chest x-ray and a medical examination as proof of your good health.

Getting an x-ray or medical examination

You must provide a chest x-ray completed in the last 3 months, even if you've provided one to us previously, if:

  • you have spent 6 consecutive months in China since the last x-ray certificate was issued, and
  • you are now coming to NZ for more than 6 months.

Age

You must be 55 or under

We’ll use the documents you provide as proof of your identity to confirm your age.

Current Essential Skills Work Visa

You must currently hold an Essential Skills Work Visa which specifies employment in the South Island

We’ll confirm this by checking our records when you apply.

South Island employment for five years

You must have been employed full time in the South Island for the five years prior to 22 May 2017

During this time you must have:

  • held an Essential Skills Work Visa, or an Interim visa, which specified work in the South Island
  • been employed full-time.

Time spent working outside the South Island can count towards the five years employment required if you spent no more than three months outside the South Island per calendar year, and no more than 12 months in total.

Ongoing employment

You must have ongoing employment in the South Island

You must hold current employment or have an offer of employment which is:

  • full-time
  • paid by salary or wages
  • genuine
  • sustainable and ongoing (ie. permanent or indefinite, or for a stated term of at least 24 months)
  • in the South Island
  • based on terms and conditions which are not less than those of the New Zealand market
  • with an employer who has a history of compliance with immigration and employment law, and is not included on the list of non-compliant employers maintained by the Labour Inspectorate.

Non-compliant employers

 

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.

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.

Work

You must work in the industry and region specified on your visa label.

Study

You can study for up to 3 months in any 12-month period.