Information about Talent (Arts, Culture, Sports) Work Visa

This visa is for people who have exceptional talent in a field of art, sport or culture and are looking for a pathway to residence in New Zealand. You’ll need the support of a New Zealand organisation that’s recognised for its excellence in your field of talent, and a sponsor, to apply. After being actively engaged in your field in New Zealand for 2 years, you may be eligible for residence.

Overview

Overview

Length of stay

Up to 30 months on a work visa, and then if your residence application is successful, indefinitely

Age range

55 and under


You can

  • Start your pathway to residence in New Zealand by being actively engaged in your field of art, culture or sport in New Zealand for up to 30 months.
  • Apply for residence after 2 years of being actively engaged in your field of art, culture or sport in New Zealand, which if granted, will allow you to live and work in New Zealand indefinitely.

Things to note

  • You can’t include a partner or dependent children in your work visa application, but they can apply for visas based on their relationship to you.
  • You can include your partner and dependent children in your residence application, after you’ve been actively engaged in your field of talent in New Zealand for 2 years.

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Criteria

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

Also provide a copy of your Identity card.

Also provide your:

  • Hukou (household registration book)
  • Chinese identity card.

If you are a citizen of China and you submit a paper application form in China, you must also complete a supplementary form.

Supplementary form for Chinese citizens (INZ 1027) PDF 306KB

If you are submitting a paper application form, you must provide a supplementary form for Hong Kong and Macao visitors, workers and students.

Supplementary form for Hong Kong and Macao visitors, workers and students (INZ 1220) PDF 322KB

Health

You must be in good health

You must have a chest x-ray and a medical examination as proof of your good health.

Getting an x-ray or medical examination

You must provide a chest x-ray completed in the last 3 months, even if you've provided one to us previously, if:

  • you have spent 6 consecutive months in China since the last x-ray certificate was issued, and
  • you are now coming to NZ for more than 6 months.

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.

Process

Process

The information below will help you understand the process so you can plan ahead and have the best chance of submitting a complete application.

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Fees & receiving centre

Fees & receiving centre

The information below will help you understand the process, timeframes and costs involved in applying for this visa, so you can plan ahead and have the best chance of submitting a complete application.

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Conditions

Conditions

These are the conditions that you must meet.

Entry permission

You must apply for entry permission when you arrive in New Zealand. You can do this by completing an arrival card, which you are given on the way to New Zealand.

Arriving in New Zealand

You can be refused entry permission if:

  • you don’t meet our character requirements
  • your circumstances have changed since you were granted a visa
  • you refuse to let us to take your photo, or provide us with your fingerprints or an iris scan, if we ask you for them.

Travel

After your visa is granted, you have 3 months to arrive in New Zealand.

After your arrival, you can travel in and out of New Zealand for 30 months.

Study

You can study for up to 3 months in any 12-month period.

Work

You can work in any occupation for any employer in New Zealand.

Employers

Employer obligations

New Zealand employers have certain obligations they must meet when employing a non New Zealand resident.

What an employer needs to do

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Support candidate's visa application

You candidate must be supported by a New Zealand organisation of national repute

The New Zealand organisation of national repute supporting the candidate’s application doesn’t have to be the same organisation:

  • that’s employing them
  • or person who’s sponsoring them.

A representative of the New Zealand organisation of national repute that’s supporting your candidate’s application, must complete section B of the ‘Talent Sponsorship Form’ as evidence of their support.

Talent (Arts, Culture and Sports) Sponsorship Form (INZ 1091) PDF 282KB

Acceptable sponsor

Your candidate must have an acceptable sponsor

If you meet the requirements for acceptable sponsors, you may sponsor your candidate.

Acceptable sponsors

But your candidate can be sponsored by a person or organisation other than:

Your candidate’s sponsor must complete a ‘Talent Sponsorship Form’ as evidence of their sponsorship.

Talent (Arts, Culture and Sports) Sponsorship Form (INZ 1091) PDF 282KB

Job offer

You must provide a written employment agreement, which your candidate will need to support their application

Providing an employment agreement or contract for services isn’t a requirement of this visa, but it is a requirement of New Zealand employment law.

Minimum employment rights

You don’t need to provide evidence of your job offer unless we ask you to.