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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


V3.1 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

V3.135 Visitor visas for child victims of people trafficking

V3.140 Approved arts or music festival

V3.145 Short-term live entertainment acts

V3.150 International Tour Escorts

V3.155 Persons departing New Zealand during COVID-19


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

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

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