Apply to become an entertainment industry accredited employer

You must meet the criteria and provide all of the supporting evidence to become accredited. Once you’ve collected your evidence, see the next steps below to find out how to apply.

What you need to do

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Financial position

You must be in a sound financial position

If available, you must provide the following business records covering at least two financial years:

  • annual reports
  • financial statements
  • business plans
  • company profile and registration details.

If your business is a Single Purpose Vehicle (SPV) that is owned and operated by an overseas production company, you should also include information about any previous SPVs you’ve operated in New Zealand.

Industry track record

Your company must have a sound track record in New Zealand

Examples of evidence may include:

  • your use New Zealand casting directors, agents, line producers, and crew booking agents for technical staff
  • your engagement with a New Zealander to work on previous productions or performances, specifically Heads of Departments, and lead and support roles
  • engagement with relevant New Zealand unions and guilds for upcoming productions.

We’ll work with relevant unions to assess if you meet this requirement.

Entertainment industry knowledge

You must have a sound knowledge of the industry you work in

You can include any evidence you believe shows your knowledge of the New Zealand Entertainment industry.

We’ll work with relevant unions to assess if you meet this requirement.

Training and employing New Zealanders

You must be committed to training and employing New Zealanders

Evidence of your commitment can include:

  • traineeships or internships
  • mentoring programmes
  • using New Zealand support acts
  • training records, invoices and certificates
  • exercises to cast New Zealanders.

We’ll work with relevant unions to assess if you meet this requirement.

Workplace practices

You must have good workplace practices

When you complete your application, we’ll ask you:

  • about your compliance with employment and immigration law
  • for your authority to contact other New Zealand government agencies to assess if you meet this requirement.

How to apply

Immigration costs

Application cost

NZD ($) $ 1,960

You must be a New Zealand employer in New Zealand to apply.

Timeframes

Processing

within 79 days

90% of applications are currently completed within this time. Timeframes are in calendar days.

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Apply for entertainment industry accreditation

To apply for Entertainment Industry Accreditation, you will need to complete an ‘Entertainment Industry Accreditation Application’ and send it to us with your evidence and application fee.

You will also need to send copies of parts of your application to a relevant New Zealand entertainment industry professional association, union or guild.

New Zealand Entertainment Industry Professional Associations, Unions and Guilds

Receiving centre details

Receiving centres handle the administrative, non-decision making activities surrounding the lodgement of a visa application. The information here is a guide only. For the most up to date and accurate information please visit the the website as listed below.

Payment methods

Credit Card
You can pay with Visa or MasterCard. We take payment when we receive your application. You must have enough funds available on the day we receive your application or it may be returned to you.

Debit Card
You can pay by debit card. We take payment when we receive your application. You must have enough funds available on the day we receive your application or it may be returned to you.

Postal address

Immigration New Zealand
PO Box 22111
Christchurch 8140
New Zealand

Hours

Phone enquiries
Monday to Saturday
06:00 to 24:00

Closed Sunday

Other notes

Applications made in New Zealand

For applications made in New Zealand, there is no courier fee to be paid for applications or documents to be returned.

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Wait for a decision

When we assess your application, we may consult with entertainment industry unions, guilds or professional associations, and other government agencies. 

We may ask you for extra information if It is needed to make a decision about your application.

If we approve your application, your accreditation will be valid for 12 months.

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Potential workers apply for a work visa

Before they can start working for you, your potential workers will need to apply for a work visa. They can do this by completing a ‘Performing Artists, Entertainers and Entertainment Personnel Work Visa Application’. The application includes a ‘Supplementary Form’, which You will need to complete before your potential worker sends their application to us.

We let you know if we grant your workers work visas.

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Apply to renew your entertainment industry accreditation

If you have a continuing need for overseas entertainment workers, you can apply to renew your accreditation. 

It is a good idea to apply 3 months before your current accreditation expires, otherwise your application will be treated like you are applying for the first time.

If we renew your accreditation, it’ll be valid for another 2 years.

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