What is an Entertainers Work Visa?

This visa lets people with unique talents that New Zealand doesn’t have access to locally to come and work in the entertainment industry, like movies, TV, music, and live shows.


Take part in film, video, or live performance work.

Visa Charges (NZ Immigration)

Starts from NZD $700

Length of Stay

You can stay for the time needed to finish your job plus a short time to leave.

Processing Time

Usually two weeks or longer.

Who is Eligible?

Applicants need to have special talents not common in New Zealand’s entertainment scene.

Benefits of the Entertainers Work Visa

  • Stay Duration: Allowed to stay for the time needed to finish the job.
  • Employment Specificity: Work for the same employer and project mentioned in the visa application.
  • Industry Access: Can work in different entertainment sectors in New Zealand.
  • Grace Period: Have a short time after work ends to plan your trip back.

Note: The cost and availability of New Zealand visas can change because of decisions made by the New Zealand Immigration authorities.

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Limitations of the Visa

The Entertainers Work Visa has some limitations which you should be aware of.


Family members need to apply separately; they can’t be included in the same application.


You can only work for the specific employer and project mentioned in your application.


This visa doesn’t let you stay in New Zealand permanently; it’s only for temporary jobs.

Health and Character

You need to meet strict health and character standards.

Application Requirements

If you’re interested in applying for a Entertainers Work Visa, browse through the following requirements needed from applicants.

ID proof

Make sure you have a valid passport or ID from the government.

Health Check

You’ll need a medical check showing you’re healthy.

Good Character

Get a police clearance to show you’re a good person.

Genuine Intentions

Show you plan to follow the visa rules and leave New Zealand when your job is done.

Purpose Details

Have a contract or letter from the company in New Zealand offering you work.


Show proof you have the special skills needed for the entertainment job.

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Entertainers Work Visa Process at ICL

We at ICL Immigration, know it can be hard to navigate the journey for the Entertainers Work Visa Process. Which is why we offer a tried and tested step-by-step method to help you get your visa without much hassle and stress.

Step 1: Talk About Your Plans

We’ll chat about your skills and what you want to do in New Zealand’s entertainment scene.

Step 2: Agree on Services

Sign a paper saying what help we’ll give you, like filling out forms and sending them off.

Step 3: Gather Documents

We’ll help you get all the papers you need, like your ID, health check results, and job details from New Zealand.

Step 4: Send Your Application

We’ll handle sending your application and making sure everything’s in order.

Step 5: Stay in Touch

We’ll talk to the people in charge of your application and let you know how it’s going.

Step 6: Get Ready to Go

Once your visa’s approved, we’ll tell you what to do next, like getting ready for your trip and following the visa rules.


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What is an Entertainers Work Visa?

The Entertainers Work Visa is designed for individuals who wish to work in New Zealand's entertainment industry, such as film, television, music, and live performance when specific skills are required that are not readily available locally.

Who is eligible for this Visa?

Eligibility is for entertainers with unique skills essential for specific roles in film, television, music, or live performances in New Zealand, where the skills cannot be employed within New Zealand.

How long can I stay in New Zealand with this Visa?

You can stay for the duration of the entertainment project or performance as specified in your visa application, plus a short grace period to organize your return.

What are the costs involved in applying for this Visa?

The cost starts at NZD 700 but may vary depending on your specific circumstances and application details.

What happens if my application is rejected?

If your application is denied, you will receive a detailed explanation. ICL Immigration can advise on possible appeals or alternative visa options.

Can I include my family in my visa application?

You cannot include your family members on your visa application. They must apply for their visas based on their relationship with you.

What are the employment restrictions for this Visa?

With this Visa, you are restricted to working only in the occupation and for the employer specified in your visa application. It would help if you only took up employment during your stay.

How do I apply for an extension if needed?

Suppose the project extends beyond the specified duration. In that case, you may apply for a visa extension, providing justification and supporting documents for the extended need.

How do I apply for this Visa?

You can start by contacting ICL Immigration for a consultation. They will guide you through the eligibility check, document collection, and application submission process.

Can I travel outside New Zealand and return on this Visa?

You can travel outside New Zealand and return if your Visa includes multiple entry conditions. Ensure this is specified in your visa conditions before making travel arrangements.

Disclaimer: The information provided is subject to change based on New Zealand government policies. For the most current information, please refer to Immigration New Zealand or contact ICL Immigration for updated guidance.

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