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V3.140 Approved arts or music festival

See also Immigration Act 2009, s 4

See also Immigration (Visa, Entry Permission, and Related Matters) Regulations 2010 Schedule 2

  1. Performers and/or immediate support crews may be granted a visitor visa to participate in an ‘approved’ arts or music festival.
  2. Visiting performers and/or immediate support crew from countries whose nationals are people to whom a visa waiver applies (see E2.1), may be granted a three-month visitor visa and entry permission on arrival in New Zealand.
  3. Visiting performers and/or immediate support crew from countries whose nationals are required to hold a visitor visa to travel to New Zealand must apply for an approved arts or music festival visitor visa before travelling to New Zealand.
  4. Applicants must meet temporary entry class requirements for:
    1. lodging an application as set out at E4; and
    2. bona fide applicants as set out at E5; and
    3. funds and onward travel requirements as set out at V2.20 and V2.25; and
    4. health and character requirements as set out at A4.5 and A5.5.
  5. Applicants must provide a letter of invitation from the organisers of the ‘approved’ arts or music festival confirming their participation in the festival. This should include:
    1. the name of the applicant; and
    2. the activity or activities the applicant will undertake while in New Zealand; and
    3. the dates or duration of the activity or activities to be undertaken.

V3.140.5 Definition of an 'approved’ arts or music festival

For the purpose of these instructions, an ‘approved’ arts or music festival is a festival hosted in New Zealand which has had a formal proposal accepted by Immigration New Zealand.

V3.140.10 Approved arts and music festival requirements

  1. To become an approved arts or music festival, festival organisers must submit a proposal to Immigration New Zealand demonstrating that they meet the following requirements.
    1. The festival has been established in New Zealand for at least three years; and
    2. The festival intends engaging at least 10 international participants (performers and/or direct support crew).
  2. Immigration New Zealand may consult with relevant organisations including the Ministry for Culture and Heritage, Creative New Zealand, and the Music Commission.
  3. Approval will be valid for four years. It may be renewed, upon application, where Immigration New Zealand is satisfied that the festival organiser still meets the requirements for approval set out in (a) above.
  4. INZ will rescind a festival’s approval where it considers that festival organisers’ conduct has created an unacceptable risk to the integrity of New Zealand's immigration or employment laws or policies.

Effective 08/05/2017


V3.1 Group visas

V3.5 Business visitors

V3.10 Partners and dependent children of student or work visa holders

V3.15 Partners of New Zealand citizens or residence class visa holders

V3.20 Dependent children of New Zealand citizens or residence class visa holders

V3.25 Children entering New Zealand for adoption

V3.30 Children adopted overseas before their New Zealand citizenship is confirmed

V3.35 Culturally arranged marriage

V3.40 Entry to New Zealand for the purpose of medical treatment or consultation

V3.45 Applicants wanting to obtain occupational registration in New Zealand

V3.50 Persons associated with a Contracting Party to the Antarctic Treaty and other Antarctic travellers

V3.55 Visiting Media Programme (VMP)

V3.60 Pitcairn Islanders

V3.65 Conference delegates

V3.70 Crew members joining vessels or aircraft

V3.75 Department of Conservation volunteers (to 25/08/2014)

V3.80 Visitors arriving by yacht or private aircraft

V3.81 Owners and crew of super yachts

V3.85 Sports people, support staff, match and tournament officials and media and broadcasting personnel associated with sports events, tours or tournaments

V3.90 Visitor visas for refugee or protection status claimants

V3.95 German law students and graduates

V3.100 Guardians accompanying students to New Zealand

V3.105 APEC Business Travel Cardholders

V3.110 Parent and grandparent multiple entry visitor visa instructions

V3.115 Work visa holders dismissed during a trial period

V3.120 Temporary Retirement Category

V3.125 Partners and dependent children of military visa holders

V3.130 Visiting academics

V3.135 Visitor visas for child victims of people trafficking

V3.145 Short-term live entertainment acts

V3.150 International Tour Escorts

V3.155 Persons departing New Zealand during COVID-19


V3.140 Approved arts or music festival (30/04/2012)

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