Visiting International Academics Guidelines


Application


These guidelines apply to all staff members and visiting academics at the University

Purpose


Recommended good practices to support visiting international academics  

Guidelines


Requirements for visiting international academics

  • Academic visitors to the University who are entering New Zealand for a period of less than three months in any calendar year will no longer require a work visa
  • If they are from a visa free country (see list below) they will need to produce a letter of invitation on arrival at the airport and be granted a visitor visa
  • If they are not from a visa free country they will need to apply for a visitor visa through the New Zealand Embassy closest to them prior to their departure to New Zealand

Requirements for letter of invitation

The visitor will need to provide a letter of invitation from the University which includes:

  • confirmation they are well qualified in their field and are either employed by an overseas academic or research institution, or have wide experience in such employment
  • confirmation that the activities being undertaken are of a pedagogical, educational, professional management or research nature
  • the dates they will be in New Zealand

The letter does not need to be lengthy and an example appears below.

Activities qualifying to allow entry as a visitor:

  • collaborating on research projects with academics working at New Zealand tertiary education institutes (including publishing work with New Zealand academics)
  • presenting at one-off seminars or conferences organised by the institution
  • providing teaching or tutoring for short courses in specialised areas in which New Zealand academics do not have subject knowledge
  • sourcing research material only available in New Zealand (including literature) or conducting research only able to be undertaken in New Zealand
  • planning and management; including designing, developing, implementing and reviewing/auditing academic and research courses, programmes and resources
  • professional development, including teaching methods and curriculum development
  • sourcing resource materials for academic and research programmes
  • meeting with a post-graduate student who they co-supervise if the student is enrolled at a New Zealand institution from which they will be receiving their qualification, if successful
  • undertaking performance classes (e.g. in theatre, dance or music) or studio master classes (i.e. recording and mastering music)
  • participating on assessment panels for oral or practical examinations, including for theses
  • study tours

United Kingdom

UK Passport holders who can produce evidence of the right to reside permanently in the UK can be granted a visitor visa for up to six months upon arrival to NZ

Australia

Australian citizens and permanent residents do not usually need a visa to travel to NZ

Citizens of the following countries will be granted a visitor visa on arrival at the airport:

Andorra

Hungary

Poland

Argentina

Iceland

Portugal¹

Austria

Ireland

Romania

Bahrain

Israel

Qatar

Belgium

Italy

San Marino

Brazil

Japan

Saudi Arabia

Brunei

Korea (South)

Singapore

Bulgaria

Kuwait

Slovak Republic

Canada

Latvia

Slovenia

Chile

Liechtenstein

South Africa

Croatia

Lithuania

Spain

Cyprus

Luxembourg

Sweden

Czech Republic

Macao

Switzerland

Denmark

Malaysia

Taiwan

Estonia

Malta

United Arab Emirates

Finland

Mexico

United States of America²

France

Monaco

Uruguay

Germany

Netherlands

Vatican City

Greece

Norway

 

Hong Kong³

Oman

 

¹      Portuguese passport holders must also have the right to live permanently in

Portugal

²    Including nationals of the USA

³    Residents of Hong Kong travelling on Hong Kong Special Administrative Region or

British National (Overseas) passports

⁴    Visa waiver does not apply to people travelling on alien's (non-citizen's)

passports issued by these countries

⁵    Greek passport holders whose passports were issued on and after 1 January

2006

⁶     Permanent residents of Taiwan travelling on Taiwan passports

⁷    Residents of Macao travelling on Macao Special Administrative Region passports

Definitions


The following definitions apply to these guidelines:

Staff member refers to an individual employed by the University on a full or part time basis

University means the University of Auckland and includes all subsidiaries

Visiting academic means a scholar from an institution who is visiting the University, where he or she is projected to teach, lecture, or perform research on a particular topic

Document management and control


Owner: Director, Human Resources

Content manager: Associate Director, Talent and Recruitment

Approved by: Vice-Chancellor

Date reviewed: 26 November 2014

Review date: 1 March 2018