Support a candidate's visa application Entertainers Work Visa

Once you’re accredited, you can go ahead and recruit overseas workers – you don’t have to check if there are any New Zealanders available to do the work first. Before your new recruits can start working for you, they must obtain a work visa, which you’ll need to support.

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 each person you hire, you must provide a written offer of employment, or contract for services that:

  • sets out the length of time they’ll need to be in New Zealand to do the work
  • includes a schedule describing the work they need to do in New Zealand
  • agrees to cover living and accommodation costs and the cost of your worker’s return home.

Genuine attempt to recruit

You must provide a reason the work can’t be done by New Zealanders

You must provide evidence to support your reason for employing an overseas entertainment industry worker, which may include documents that show that:

  • the overseas entertainer or performer is internationally recognised for their work or other contribution
  • finance for the production is contingent on the overseas entertainer or performer’s involvement
  • the production will bring wider economic benefits to New Zealand
  • New Zealanders had the opportunity to audition or pitch for the work but were unsuccessful.

Employing overseas entertainers


Production information

You must tell us about your production

You'll need to answer some questions about your production:

  • type
  • genre
  • distribution
  • market.

Employer supplementary form

You must complete a Supplementary Form (Section J) 

Give your completed form to your candidate and tell them to include it with their work visa application together with their employment agreement.

Employer Supplementary Form (INZ 1113) PDF 269KB


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