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V3.130 Visiting academics

See also Immigration Act 2009, s 4

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

  1. Visiting academics 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.
  2. Visiting academics from countries whose nationals are required to hold a visitor visa to travel to New Zealand must apply for a visitor visa before travelling to New Zealand.
  3. Visiting academics must apply for a work visa prior to travelling to New Zealand if they wish to:
    1. stay in New Zealand for longer than three months; or
    2. make multiple visits with a total duration of more than three months in any calendar year; or
    3. undertake any activity that would fall within the definition of work and is not listed at (f) below.
  4. Applicants must provide a letter of invitation from the Tertiary Education Institute or Institutes where they plan to undertake academic work, confirming:
    1. the name of the applicant; and
    2. that the applicant is a person specified at (e) below; and
    3. the activity or activities the applicant will undertake while in New Zealand; and
    4. the dates or duration of the activity or activities to be undertaken.

      Note: Tertiary Education Institutes include New Zealand universities, institutes of technology, polytechnics and the three wananga (Te Wananga o Raukawa, Te Whare Wananga o Awanuiarangi, and Te Wananga o Aotearoa).

  5. Visiting academics must be:
    1. well-qualified in their field; and
    2. either employed by an overseas academic or research institution, or have wide experience in such employment; and
    3. undertaking activities of a pedagogical, educational, professional management or research nature.
  6. Pedagogical, educational, professional management or research activities are excluded from the definition of work. These include:
    1. collaborating on research projects with academics working at New Zealand tertiary education institutes, including publishing work with New Zealand academics; and
    2. presenting at one-off seminars or conferences organised by the institution; and
    3. providing teaching or tutoring for short courses in specialised areas that New Zealand academics do not have the subject knowledge in; and
    4. sourcing research material only available in New Zealand (including literature) or conducting research only able to be undertaken in New Zealand; and
    5. planning and management (including designing, developing, implementing and reviewing/auditing academic and research courses, programmes and resources; professional development, including teaching methods and curriculum development; and sourcing resource materials for academic and research programmes); and
    6. meeting with a post-graduate student who they co-supervise if the student is enrolled at a New Zealand institution from which they will be receiving their qualification, if successful; and
    7. undertaking performance classes (e.g. in theatre, dance or music) or studio master classes (i.e. recording and mastering music); and
    8. participating on assessment panels for oral or practical examinations, including for theses; and
    9. study tours.

Effective 08/04/2013


V3.130 Visiting academics (25/07/2011)

V3.130 Visiting academics (04/04/2011)

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