Global Impact Visa
For high-profile entrepreneurs with international perspective.
A new visa for entrepreneurs in New Zealand
A new visa created in 2017, the GIVs is meant to attract visionaries who decide to choose New Zealand as a base for global-scale ventures. It will reward the most promising entrepreneurs with a 3-year work visa leading to Permanent Residence.
INZ has partnered with the Edmund Hillary Fellowship (EHF) to deliver this 3-year programme to 400 applicants over 4 years.
The Edmund Hillary Fellowship
The first step prior to applying for a Global Impact Visa is to be accepted into the Edmund Hillary Fellowship. The selection is twice a year, and once accepted, you will be sent a Letter of Offer and invited to apply for the GIV.
For be eligible, you need:
- A Letter of Offer from EHF
- NZ$36,000 maintenance funds to support you and your family for the first year
- Health, character and English language requirements.
Once your Global Impact Visa has been granted, you may work in any employment (including self-employment), anywhere in New Zealand. You may also apply for family visas under the Partnership and Dependent Child categories and they will need to meet residence health and character criteria.