New Zealand Entrepreneur Visa

28 December 2016

According to Immigration New Zealand “Entrepreneurs” are either self-employed or have a hands-on management role in a business they own (either wholly or partly). In this category, Immigration New Zealand looks for a combination of proven business skills, a strong plan, and accessible the ability to finance it.

How to get it

You’ll need to present a convincing business plan, and demonstrate that your business will bring “significant benefit to New Zealand.” That can mean a range of things, such as creating jobs, developing new technology, or finding and expanding new export markets. You’ll also need to meet minimum health and good character requirements.

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What it means

If you hold an Entrepreneur Work Visa, you’ll have 12 months to establish a viable business that complies with the plan you presented in your application. If you achieve that and continue to meet good health and character requirements, then Immigration may grant you a further 2 years, at the end of which you may apply for residency. In some cases, people who hold an Entrepreneur Work Visa can apply for residency after only 6 months.

What else?

  • You’ll need a minimum of $100,000 NZD to invest in your business.
  • You must not have been involved in a bankruptcy or business failure within 5 years of the date of your application.
  • You must be completely clear of fraud, malpractice or business impropriety
  • You must meet Immigration New Zealand’s good health and character requirements.

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