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

  • 1 acceptable photo if you apply online, or 2 photos if you use a paper application form.
  • your passport or certificate of identity.

Acceptable photos

If you submit a paper application, provide your original passport or a certified copy.  We can usually process your application faster if you provide your original passport.

If you apply online, you must upload a copy of your passport when you apply. We will let you know if you need to send your passport after you've applied.

Sending your passport for online applications

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.

Age

You must be 55 or under

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

Exceptional talent

You must have exceptional talent in your field of art, sport or culture

You must provide evidence:

  • you have an international reputation in your field of art, sport or culture
  • you’re still prominent in your field of art, sport or culture
  • your presence in New Zealand will enhance New Zealand’s achievements and/or participation in your field of art, sport or culture.

Evidence may include:

  • qualifications
  • awards
  • your membership of professional associations
  • letters of support or recommendation
  • anything else you believe demonstrates your talent.

Support by a New Zealand organisation

You must be supported by a New Zealand organisation of national repute in your field of art, sport or culture

A representative from a New Zealand organisation of national repute must complete Section B of the 'Talent (Arts, Culture and Sports) Sponsorship Form' as evidence they support your presence in New Zealand.

Talent (Arts, Culture and Sports) Sponsorship Form (INZ1091) PDF 282KB

It’s OK for the organisation supporting you to be different from your sponsor.

Sponsorship

You must have an acceptable sponsor

Your sponsor must complete and sign a 'Talent (Arts, Culture and Sports) Sponsorship Form' declaring that they will meet the sponsorship requirements detailed in the form, including providing you with accommodation and financial support.

Talent (Arts, Culture and Sports) Sponsorship Form (INZ1091) PDF 282KB
Acceptable sponsors

Your sponsor can be an individual, an organisation or a government agency. Your sponsor doesn’t have to be the same as your organisation.

 

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