Business and entrepreneur visas

Encouraging people to work and invest in New Zealand.

Encouraging people to work and invest in New Zealand is a positive way of stimulating economic growth by bringing capital and valuable business experience to New Zealand. The investment categories allow eligible business people to buy or start a business in New Zealand. Establishing yourself in New Zealand not only brings with it rewarding business opportunities but a fantastic lifestyle as well.

New Zealand business visas

auckland nzNew Zealand business visas can lead to securing permanent residence or temporary residence with the opportunity to secure permanent residence at a later date. New Zealand Shores can assist with both Investment and Entrepreneur visas. To find out if you may be eligible for a business visa for New Zealand, fill out our free eligibility assessment.

Just like individual business propositions, the Investment and Entrepreneur visas are unique in their own right and when considering applying for one of these visas it is important that you seek advice from a licensed immigration advisor to ensure that you are taking the path that best suits your situation.

Invest in New Zealand

You may gain residence in New Zealand via investment. The pathways and criteria vary slightly depending on the funds you will invest in the country. Recent changes in policy now reward senior business experience, English language skills and growth-oriented investments.

Under current New Zealand Immigration policy, there is one type of investment visa with minimum investment requirements of NZD$5 to 15 million. The eligibility criteria and minimum income requirement are vastly different depending on the type of investment.

Investor visa

Create or buy a business in New Zealand

Experienced business people may prefer to be self-employed rather than finding a job in New Zealand. The Entrepreneur visa pathways could be ideal as they may lead to residence after 6 months to 2.5 years. They allow talented entrepreneurial minds to move to New Zealand and grow businesses, create jobs, and contribute to communities. If you have a mind for entrepreneurship, a clean recent history of business failure, fraud, or bankruptcy, and at the very least $200,000 to invest.

Entrepreneur visa

Make a global impact

The Global Impact Visa is for very high-profile entrepreneurs who are exceptionally talented and whose ideas will bring substantial benefit to New Zealand.

Global Impact visa