V3.130 Visiting academics
See also Immigration Act 2009, s 4
See also Immigration (Visa, Entry Permission, and Related Matters) Regulations 2010 Schedule 2
- 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.
- 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.
- Visiting academics must apply for a work visa prior to travelling to New Zealand if they wish to:
- stay in New Zealand for longer than three months; or
- make multiple visits with a total duration of more than three months in any calendar year; or
- undertake any activity that would fall within the definition of work and is not listed at (f) below.
- Applicants must provide a letter of invitation from the Tertiary Education Institute or Institutes where they plan to undertake academic work, confirming:
- the name of the applicant; and
- that the applicant is a person specified at (e) below; and
- the activity or activities the applicant will undertake while in New Zealand; and
- 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).
- Visiting academics must be:
- well-qualified in their field; and
- either employed by an overseas academic or research institution, or have wide experience in such employment; and
- undertaking activities of a pedagogical, educational, professional management or research nature.
- Pedagogical, educational, professional management or research activities are excluded from the definition of work. These include:
- collaborating on research projects with academics working at New Zealand tertiary education institutes, including publishing work with New Zealand academics; and
- presenting at one-off seminars or conferences organised by the institution; and
- providing teaching or tutoring for short courses in specialised areas that New Zealand academics do not have the subject knowledge in; and
- sourcing research material only available in New Zealand (including literature) or conducting research only able to be undertaken in New Zealand; and
- 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
- 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
- undertaking performance classes (e.g. in theatre, dance or music) or studio master classes (i.e. recording and mastering music); and
- participating on assessment panels for oral or practical examinations, including for theses; and
- study tours.