Investor and Entrepreneur Visas

​New Zealand wants investors and entrepreneurs with capital, experience, and international connections and can offer dedicated pathways for immigration. To attract them, our government has created dedicated visa pathways to make settling, or at least spending considerable time here, as easy as possible. These visas offer a unique opportunity to enjoy New Zealand’s wide-open spaces and world-beating lifestyle while developing your business interests. Moreover, these are structured to let you share the New Zealand experience with your partner and dependent children aged 24 and under.

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The three categories for individuals who wish to make a significant contribution to New Zealand economy are:


1. Investor Visa Plus (Investor 1 Category): for those who are looking to invest $NZ10 million or more.

2. Investor Visa (Investor 2 Category): for those who plan to invest a minimum of NZ$3 million over a four-year period.

3. Entrepreneur Work Visa: This visa is for people who want to work in their own business in New Zealand. To apply, you’ll need to provide a detailed business plan, have at least NZ $100,000 to invest in your business, and be able to claim 120 points on our points scale. If you’re granted this visa, you can buy or set up a business without living here permanently, or as a first step towards New Zealand residence.


If you invest at least 25% of your investment funds into assets other than Bonds and Philanthropic Investment, Investor visa holders will be able to meet their time in New Zealand requirement flexibly, with Investor 2 visa holders required to spend 438 days over the 4 year investment period and Investor Plus visa holders needing to spend 88 days over the 3 year investment period.


Investor 2 visa holders who invest at least 50% of their investment funds into assets other than Bonds and Philanthropic Investment will qualify for a reduction of $0.5m of the investment amount.  For example, if you nominate $3m of investment funds and invest $1.5m outside of Bonds and Philanthropic Investment, you will only be required to invest a further $1m to meet the visa requirements.


The Entrepreneur Work Visa allows you to:

  • Come 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.

  • Include your partner, and dependent children aged 19 and under, in your visa application.

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Residence for Entrepreneurs

The Entrepreneur Residence Category allows you to live in New Zealand permanently if you have established a high growth and innovative business with export potential in New Zealand and have been able to generate employment for New Zealanders.


There are two ways of qualifying for residence under this policy:

  • Entrepreneur Residence Category (2 years) - Requires you to have successfully established or purchased a business in New Zealand and have been self-employed in that business for at least two years, and for your business to have significantly benefited New Zealand.

  • Entrepreneur Residence Category (6 months) - This option provides a faster track to residence if you have invested at least NZ$500,000 in your business and have created a minimum of three new full-time jobs for New Zealand citizens or reside 


The advantage of these categories is that your family is included. Partners and dependent children can be granted work and student visas if they are accompanying the holder of an Entrepreneur Work Visa to New Zealand. They can also be included in an Entrepreneur Residence Visa application.