Business & Investor Visas

New Zealand government is set to target overseas investors.

In recent news - Wealthy investors and "highly-skilled workers" will be the targets of New Zealand's Covid-19 immigration "reset" to reduce the economy's reliance on low-wage migrants.

Business Visa And Investment Visas can be your options if you want to invest or start a business in New Zealand.

New Zealand has a fast growing economy and we offer a wide range of services for existing businesses as well as those who wish to start a new venture here. 

Entrepreneur Work Visas

If you have a desire to start your own business or buy an existing business in New Zealand, the Entrepreneur Work Visa and Residence Visa may be the right fit for you. This three year work visa is structured in two stages:

  • Start-up stage: If your application is approved, you will initially be given a 12-month work visa, enabling you to buy or establish your business in New Zealand.
  • Balance stage: Once you have proven that you have taken steps to establish your business, you are granted the remaining 24 months of your visa. 

Like the Skilled Migrant Category, the Entrepreneur Work Visa also operates on the basis of a point scale. Get in touch with us today for an assessment of your eligibility. Requirements for this visa include:

  • minimum capital investment of NZ$100,000 (excluding working capital)
  • 120 points or more, with points awarded for factors about the likely success of the business and its value to New Zealand
  • clear business plan
  • clean recent history of bankruptcy, business failure and fraud
  • health, character and English language requirements.

We can talk with you to determine your eligibility and advise if this pathway is suitable based on the following factors:

  • Capital investment
  • Job creation for New Zealanders
  • Type of business
  • Your self-employment or senior management experience

Investor Category

There are a range of visas that allow you to start a business or invest in New Zealand. Some visa applications from outside New Zealand or a quarantine-free travel zone are currently suspended, unless you are exempt. If you wish to invest substantial capital into New Zealand’s economy, you may be eligible for migration under the NZ Investor Visa category - Investor 1(or Investor Plus) or Investor 2.  Eligibility is based on minimum investment, as well as other factors such as source of funds. You can only invest in acceptable investments

These processes can often be quite daunting and complicated, and we can work with you and your business at every step of the way to ensure that the requirements are met and a favourable outcome is achieved.