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Here we share some general information about Entrepreneur & Business policy. This material is for information purposes only. Contact one of our Licensed Immigration Advisers for personal immigration advice.


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Entrepreneur Visa Policy

This Work Visa is included in the Residence section as it serves as a pathway to residence.

Applicants must secure approval for a business plan that involves a minimum investment of NZ$100,000. Immigration New Zealand must assess this plan and determine that it has the potential to be profitable and provide substantial benefits to New Zealand.

The principal applicant must meet English language standards, and all associated individuals must be of good health and character.

Successful Entrepreneur Work Visa

The successful applicant will receive an Entrepreneur Work Visa.


After two years, the applicant can apply for an Entrepreneur Resident Visa if:

  • The approved business plan has been executed.

  • The applicant has actively worked in the business for at least two years.

  • The business has been profitable.

  • All persons associated with the application continue to meet good character and health requirements.

  • All persons over the age of 16 associated with the application meet English language requirements.

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Fast Track Provision

The resident visa issued under this "Fast Track" provision will be contingent upon the ongoing operation of new New Zealand jobs and the retention of investment funds in the business for at least two years from the date of the initial investment.


Applicants who qualify for the fast track provision have:


- Successfully established and operated their business for six months.

- Invested a minimum of NZ$500,000 in the business.

- Created at least three new full-time jobs for New Zealanders.

- Continued to meet good character and health requirements.

Employees of a Relocating Business

When an overseas business relocates to New Zealand, benefiting the country, employees may qualify for Residence if:

  • The proposed business relocation has high-level support from the Ministry of Trade and Enterprise.

  • The employee(s) are designated as "Key employees."

  • The employee(s) are ineligible under any other residence policy.

  • They meet English language requirements and are of good health and character.

General Comments

The Entrepreneur/Business work visa aims to support migrants who are willing to venture into business and contribute positively to New Zealand.


Stronger applicants may benefit from an incentive fast-track option, although this may come with conditions for two years. It allows the applicant and their family to access education and healthcare benefits as residents.


Historically, there has been a decline rate of 75% or higher for the Entrepreneur visa. Successful planning and aligning the final business outcome with immigration policy and interpretations are crucial. Relying solely on your business skills without seeking experienced immigration advice can be risky. It's advisable to collaborate with seasoned experts at NZIHS.

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