Employees of relocating businesses

Are you a key employee of a business that is going to be transferred to New Zealand and want to apply for a Resident Visa?
The objective of this policy is to promote New Zealand as a place in which to invest and locate business.

This category grants residence to employees of businesses relocating to New Zealand, who do not qualify for residence under any of the other existing categories.

Summary of Requirements

Principle applicants under this category are required to demonstrate

that they are a key employee of a relocating business and
that the relocation of this business is supported by New Zealand Trade and Enterprise
that they are not eligible to apply for residence under any of the other policies.

A business specialist at Immigration New Zealand will consult with New Zealand Trade and Enterprise to establish whether they support the relocation of the business.

Timing of the Application Process

The application process consists of two steps:

1.The Application: Evidence concerning the relocating business and the employee´s role in the relocating business have to be provided to Immigration New Zealand.

If the business immigration specialist at Immigration New Zealand is satisfied

that documents provided as evidence are genuine and accurate,
that the appropriate office of New Zealand Trade and Enterprise is supporting the relocation of the business and
that the applicant is not eligible for a resident visa under any of the other categories
an Approval in Principle will be granted.

2. Resident Visas may be granted once the following requirements have been met

the principal applicant can provide evidence that the business has relocated to New Zealand and is operating under a New Zealand address
the migrant levy has been paid
the principal applicant and any partner and dependent children meet English language requirements.

To find our whether you qualify for a Resident Visa under the Employees of Relocating Businesses Category, ask the Business and Investor expert in our team Dr. Carsten Hallwass.

Email Dr. Carsten Hallwass: [email protected]


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