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V3.145 Short-term live entertainment acts

See also Immigration Act 2009, s 4

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

  1. Performers, and their immediate support crew, being promoted in New Zealand by a promoter on Immigration New Zealand’s Approved Promoter List are considered to be ‘short-term live entertainment acts’ and may be granted a visitor visa to perform in New Zealand.
  2. Members of short-term live entertainment acts from countries whose nationals are people to whom a visa waiver applies (see E2.1) may be granted a visitor visa and entry permission on arrival in New Zealand.
  3. Members of short-term live entertainment acts from countries whose nationals are required to hold a visitor visa to travel to New Zealand must apply for a visitor visa on the basis of being part of a short-term live entertainment act 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 written confirmation from the Approved Promoter (as defined in V3.145.5, below) confirming their involvement in live entertainment performances in New Zealand. This must include:
    1. the name of the applicant; and
    2. the performance(s) the applicant will undertake while in New Zealand; and
    3. the dates or duration of the performance(s) to be undertaken.

Note: For the purpose of these instructions, performances undertaken by short-term live entertainment acts are excluded from the definition of work as set out in section 4 of the Immigration Act 2009

V3.145.5 Approved Promoter List requirements

  1. To be added to the Approved Promoter List, promoters must submit a proposal to Immigration New Zealand demonstrating that they meet the following requirements:
    1. the promoter must have been established for at least three years; and
    2. the promoter must have a credible record of promoting international performers in New Zealand in the past three years; and
    3. the promoter must have a history of compliance with immigration requirements
  2. Support from either the New Zealand Music Commission, the Ministry for Culture and Heritage, or Creative New Zealand is required for a promoter to be added to the Approved Promoter List. INZ will consult with these organisations to confirm support.
  3. Approval will be valid for four years. It may be renewed, upon application, where Immigration New Zealand is satisfied that the promoter still meets the requirements for approval set out in (a) and (b) above.
  4. Immigration New Zealand will rescind a promoter’s approval where it considers that the promoter’s conduct has created an unacceptable risk to the integrity of New Zealand's immigration or employment laws or policies

Effective 21/11/2016


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

V3.140 Approved arts or music festival

V3.150 International Tour Escorts

V3.155 Persons departing New Zealand during COVID-19


V3.145 High-end music acts (17/11/2014)

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