Specific Purpose or Event Visa

The Specific Purpose or Event Visa facilitates the entry of people whose skills, attributes or expertise are needed for a specific purpose or event likely to benefit New Zealand.

To be eligible under this policy if:

  • You are coming to New Zealand for a specific purpose or event for a particular period;
  • You have demonstrated skills, attributes or expertise in areas relevant to that specific purpose or event that are likely to benefit New Zealand; and
  • Your employment in New Zealand is not likely to harm employment opportunities for New Zealanders.

The duration of these permits must be consistent with the time required for the holder to complete the specific purpose or event.

Specific Purpose or Event
Purpose or event Requirement
Senior or Specialist Businesspersons (for short-term secondments)
  • An offer of employment either in a substantial New Zealand company or a New Zealand subsidiary of an overseas company.
Sports Referees or Show, Display or Exhibition Judges
  • A written invitation to referee sports events or judge shows, displays, or exhibitions; or
  • A schedule of events from an organisation in New Zealand.
Dance and Music Examiners (must be for recognised international teaching institutions)
  • A written invitation or offer of employment to conduct examinations in New Zealand.
Pastors and Lay Missionaries
  • A written guarantee of accommodation, maintenance and repatriation from a sponsoring body in New Zealand.
Installers or Servicers of Specialised Machinery or Equipment (machinery or equipment must be supplied by an overseas company)
  • Provide evidence that installing or servicing the equipment in New Zealand is a condition of purchase.
Entertainers, Performing Artists, Film and Video Production Crew, and Associated Support Personnel (must be to engage in any form of private or public performance or work on any film or video production in New Zealand)
  • The promoter, agent or producer will need to provide the NZIS with evidence the agreement of the appropriate New Zealand Union or Professional Association has been obtained for entry.
Business Investor category Principal Applicants
  • Must be a Business Investor category principal applicant investigating direct investment opportunities and/or making direct investments in New Zealand.
Chief Executives or Senior Staff (of multinational companies)
  • Must be an employee of a multinational company for which similar applications have been approved.
Sports Players and Professional Sports Coaches
  • Must be taking up a paid position in a New Zealand sports club and have a written offer of employment from that club.
  • Must be able to show that you need to come to New Zealand for some other specific purpose or event and that the circumstances justify the issue of a Work Visa/Permit under this policy.

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