Entertainers Work Visa

If you have Entertainment Industry Accreditation, you can recruit overseas entertainment industry workers without first having to ask a New Zealand professional association like a union or guild for their agreement.

Check if any New Zealanders can do the work

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.

Job offer

Any job offers you provide must:

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