NZ Immigration Procedures

The following anouncement was made on 29 March 2011 detailing easier Visa arrangements for visitors to New Zealand.

Hon Dr Jonathan Coleman
Minister of Immigration

29 March 2011

Media Statement

Bureaucracy slashed for visiting academics

Barriers to overseas academics visiting New Zealand are being removed with the introduction of a new visitor category, says Immigration Minister Jonathan Coleman.

The visiting academics visa allows academics from 50 countries, which New Zealand has special visa waiver arrangements with, to travel here without first obtaining a visa offshore. It comes into effect on April 4.

‘’Even though academics are often here for a short time – for instance to speak at a conference – it’s technically work if they receive any sort of reward, including accommodation or airfares. Previously academics have required a work visa before travelling here,’’ Dr Coleman says.

‘’This deters some from visiting, to New Zealand’s detriment, so from next week academics will be able to get a visiting academic visitor visa on arrival in New Zealand.

‘’This brings New Zealand into line with Canada and the United Kingdom and enhances New Zealand’s attractiveness as a destination for top visiting academic talent.’’


Please note that this only applies for visits of less than 3 months. Visitors coming for more than 3 months require a visa, which requires the University of Auckland issuing a letter of invitation. For more information, including a draft letter, University of Auckland staff should contact: Ann-Maree Duxfield, Human Resources, The University of Auckland, Level 4, 1-11 Short Street, Auckland CBD, T:  81516)