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Immigration to New Zealand (Entrepreneur Work Visa)


You may apply for this category of visa if you are an experienced business person and want to work in your own business in New Zealand. If you’re granted this visa, you can buy or set up a business in New Zealand, which you can do either without living here permanently or as a first step towards New Zealand residence.

You must make a capital investment of at least NZ$100,000. However, if your business is in the science or ICT (Information and Communication Technology) sectors or shows a high level of innovation or export potential, this requirement may be waived. Moreover, you must score at least 120 points on our Entrepreneur Work Visa points scale and must provide a business plan for the business you intend to buy or set up in New Zealand.

Once you get the visa, you can stay in New Zealand for 12 months in the startup stage of your visa, then another 24 months once you have shown that you have set up your business. With this visa, you may go to New Zealand to buy or set up your own business, work in your own business in New Zealand for up to 3 years in total and include your partner, and dependent children aged 19 and under, in your visa application.

You can apply for a residence visa (not a work visa) under the Entrepreneur Residence Visa Category. If you need more time to meet our residence requirements, you can apply for another Entrepreneur Work Visa. If granted, it’ll allow you to stay in New Zealand to work in your own business for another three years.


You will not be able to get an Entrepreneur Work Visa if you have been made bankrupt or been involved in a business failure in the last 5 years, or you have been involved in any kind of business fraud or financial wrongdoing.


You may press here to check the criteria.




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