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

This visa is for holders of Talent (Arts, Culture, Sports) Work Visas who have been actively involved in New Zealand in their declared field of exceptional talent for more than 2 years. If you are still prominent in that field and your continued presence will enhance New Zealand’s accomplishments, you may be eligible for this resident visa. 

Overview

Overview

Length of stay

Indefinitely


You can

  • Live, work and study in New Zealand.
  • Include your partner and dependent children aged 24 and under in your residence application.

Things to note

  • To apply for this visa, you must hold a Talent (Arts, Culture, Sports) Work Visa and have been actively involved in your declared field of talent for 2 years.
  • You must still be prominent in your declared field of talent and be able to enhance the quality of New Zealand’s accomplishments in that field.
  • You must have an acceptable sponsor and support from a New Zealand organisation of national repute  in your declared field of talent.

Talent (Arts, Culture, Sports) Work Visa

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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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 12 months or more in the last 10 years.

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.

Current work visa

You must hold a Talent (Arts, Culture, Sports) Work Visa and have held that visa for at least 24 months

We’ll check our records and your passport for evidence of when you first arrived in New Zealand on your Talent (Arts, Culture and Sports) Work Visa.

Active engagement

You must have been actively engaged in your field of declared talent for the last 24 months

You’ll need to provide:

  • a Summary of Earnings from Inland Revenue that shows your earnings since you were granted a Talent (Arts, Culture, Sports) Work Visa
  • evidence that shows you’ve been actively engaged in your declared field of talent for the last 24 months.

Examples of acceptable evidence include:

  • documents that show you’ve been earning money from activities in your field of talent, eg GST receipts, bank statements, tax returns
  • schedules of performances, exhibitions, activities or events you’ve taken part in
  • letters from individuals or organisations praising the work you’ve done in your field of talent
  • a letter from your supporting organisation detailing your activities over the last 24 months.

For more information about getting your Summary of Earnings, visit:

Inland Revenue

Prominence in your field of talent

You must show that you’re still prominent in your declared field of talent

Evidence may include:

  • a letter from your supporting organisation confirming your prominence in your field of talent
  • letters from individuals or organisations, who have specialist knowledge in your field of talent, confirming your prominence in your field of talent
  • press clippings confirming your prominence in your field of talent.

Continued presence in New Zealand

You must show your presence in New Zealand will enhance New Zealand’s achievements and participation in your declared field of talent

Your sponsor will need to complete a 'Talent (Arts, Culture and Sports) Sponsorship Form', which will ask them to explain how your continued presence in New Zealand will enhance New Zealand’s achievements and participation in your declared field of talent.

You may wish to provide additional evidence to support your application, including:

  • letters from New Zealand organisations that agree that your continued presence in New Zealand will enhance New Zealand’s achievements and participation in your field of talent
  • letters from people who are experts in your field of talent who agree that your continued presence in New Zealand will enhance New Zealand’s achievements and participation in your field of talent.

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

Support for residence

You must have the support of a New Zealand organisation of national repute

You must provide a 'Talent (Arts, Culture and Sports) Sponsorship Form' completed by a New Zealand organisation of national repute.

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 continued 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 for residence

You must have an acceptable sponsor

You must provide a 'Talent (Arts, Culture and Sports) Sponsorship Form' completed by your sponsor.

Your sponsor must guarantee to provide you with accommodation and financial support for the first 2 years of your New Zealand residence, if you need it.

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

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

No welfare assistance

To apply for residence, you must not have received any welfare benefits or assistance

If you or anyone included in your residence application, have received any welfare benefits or assistance while on your Talent (Arts, Culture and Sports) Work to Residence Visa, you won’t be eligible to apply for residence.

When you apply for residence, we’ll ask you for your authority to contact Work and Income to check if you’ve received any welfare benefits or assistance.
www.workandincome.govt.nz

Location

To apply for residence, you must be in New Zealand

We’ll check our records to confirm your location.

Bring family

Your family must meet the requirements for a resident visa

You can include your partner and dependent children in your application for a resident visa.

You must provide evidence:

  • of your relationship with your partner and dependent children
  • that your partner and dependent children meet the identity, character, health and English language requirements for this visa

Partnership
Dependent children

If any of your immediate family members hold New Zealand temporary entry visas based on their relationship with you, they must be included in your residence application.

English language for family

Your family must be able to speak English

Your partner and any dependent children aged 16 or over you include in your residence application must meet a minimum standard of English. Evidence can include proof they:

  • have an acceptable English language test result
  • have an English-speaking background
  • are competent speakers of English for other reasons.

Acceptable English language test results

English language test results must be no more than 2 years old.

It’s OK if your partner and children over 16 don’t speak English, but you’ll have to pay for English language classes before we can approve your residence application. Then they can learn when they arrive in New Zealand.

If your partner and dependent children 16 and over don’t speak English, they can learn in New Zealand. You’ll have to pay us for English language classes before we can grant you a visa.

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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.

Work

Once granted a resident visa, you can work for anyone you like, in any occupation you like.

Study

Once granted a resident visa, you can do any study you like.

Travel

You can travel in and out of New Zealand as often as you like until your travel conditions expire.

To travel after that, you’ll need to apply for and be granted either:

  • a Permanent Resident Visa
  • a variation of your travel conditions, which would allow you to return to New Zealand at a later date. 

Your travel conditions will expire 2 years from the date you first arrive in New Zealand as a resident.

If you’re outside of New Zealand when your travel conditions expire, your visa will expire as well.