Three Indonesian seamen who jumped ship in Christchurch amid claims of deplorable conditions aboard a Korean fishing vessel are appealing for an extension to their visas, which run out on Thursday.
The three were part of the crew of the Oyang 77 owned by the Oyang Corporation which has been the subject of a Crown case against conditions aboard the ship.
Most of the crew have returned home, but the three have remained in New Zealand for a year to help with the case.
They also want to also sue the corporation.
An Anglican Church spokesperson, Jolyon White who is advocating on their behalf, says they need working visas so they can earn money while they build their case.
Immigration New Zealand has been unavailable for comment on Thursday.