Announced yesterday by the Minister of Immigration*, Dr Coleman, are new academic visas allowing academics from over 50 countries to visit New Zealand for up to three months without first having to apply for a work visa.
The motivation is explained by Dr Coleman in the press release as
’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,’
(It is usual practice at international meetings to cover the costs of at least the leading speakers.)
These new visas are to be available from Monday April 4th, 2011. Details beyond the initial press release do not yet appear to be available. I imagine the countries covered are the 50+ countries** whose residents are currently able to enter New Zealand for a 3-month visit without requiring a visa or visitor permit. No details on how these are issued (presumably on arrival) or what documentation is required to support them appears to available yet, although the press release does say
The visiting academic visitor visa allows people to stay for up to three months, or for a maximum of three months in any one year if they make several trips here. Beyond that, they will still require a work visa.
I have seen comments elsewhere that this has not restricted conference speakers in the past (true?), but I imagine this will still aid conference organisers by simplifying the issue.
Likewise, I imagine this will simplify short-term laboratory visits for exchange of research techniques and so on.
Finally, I’d like to encourage people to visit!
Don’t be put off by the earthquakes in Christchurch. While that city and a few neighbouring towns have a major re-building effort underway, the remainder of the country will be doing it’s usual thing and the airport at Christchurch is open business as usual. As sly encouragement, I’ve included a few photographs of the places in the South Island through the article.
Get amongst it!
* He also holds the portfolios of Health, Tourism and Broadcasting.
** For the lazy–what? – one click is too much work?!–these currently are those listed below.
Actually this just an excuse to stretch this post out so I can include more photographs to the right of the country names…
There are better photographs elsewhere, but sorting out copyright status is a hassle, so I‘ve lumped for those whose copyright status is clear.
Countries marked with asterisks have additional requirements. Obviously, check details with Immigration.
United Arab Emirates
United States of America***
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