New Zealand has a range of visa programs available for Investors and Entrepreneurs

Do you want to run your own business or invest your funds in New Zealand?

There are a number of options that might be attractive for you, but the visa application process under the Business and Investor policies is highly intricate.

You need expert advice to get it right.

Which Investor or Business Visa is right for you?

There are a number of visa options available for migrants wanting to invest their funds or run their own business in New Zealand.

Investor/Retirement Visa Policies

The objective of New Zealand's Investment Migration Policies is to attract capital to our economy.

Will you qualify for an Investor Visa?

Different levels of investments are required for different investor visa types. For more detailed requirements you can use our Investor and Business Category Self Assessment.

Investor 1 Category Visa

Resident visa for experienced business people with NZD $10 million to invest over a 3-year period.

Investor 2 Category Visa

Resident visa for experienced business people who have a minimum of NZD $3 million in investment over 4 years.

Parent Retirement Category Visa

For parents of a NZ citizen/resident. Requires NZD $1 million over 4 years. Settlement fees and income also required.

Temporary Retirement Category

A temporary investment visa for those older than 66, allowing them to stay in New Zealand for 2 years

Global Impact Work Visa

Path to residence for talented innovative entrepreneurs, investors and start-up teams to work and live for up to 3 years

Global Impact Residence Visa

The Residence visa for talented innovative entrepreneurs, investors and start-up teams to work and live.

Business Visitor Visa

A temporary visa allowing those with business purposes for visiting to stay for up to 3 months.

Business Visa Policies

While Entrepreneur Work and Entrepreneur Residence Visas also require considerable investments, they are primarily based on establishing and running a business in New Zealand and are covered by a separate visa policy.  

Will you qualify for a Business Visa?

Different levels of investments are required for different investor visa types. For more detailed requirements you can use our Investor and Business Category Self Assessment.

Business Visitor Visa

A temporary visa allowing those with business purposes for visiting to stay for up to 3 months.

Global Impact Residence Visa

The Residence visa for talented innovative entrepreneurs, investors and start-up teams to work and live.

Global Impact Work Visa

Path to residence for talented innovative entrepreneurs, investors and start-up teams to work and live for up to 3 years

Entrepreneur Residence Category Visa

Resident visa for people who have been self-employed in New Zealand at least 6 months, or ran a business for 2 years.

Entrepreneur Work Visa

Work visa for people who want to work in their own business in New Zealand.

Distinctive benefits for Investor and Entrepreneur Visa applicants in comparison to other visa types:

Lifestyle

Investor migrants can enjoy the New Zealand lifestyle without having to work.

Options

There are safe and easy to understand investment options in New Zealand.

Choice

You have a choice of how and where you invest your funds in New Zealand.

Stability

New Zealand's political stability ensures that your investment is secure.

Family

Your partner and dependent children are included in your visa application.

Timeframe

Streamlined and prioritised procedure: Investor migrants will obtain New Zealand residency without waiting time.

Language

You might not reach the minimum level of language competency for a resident visa under the SMC, but can pass lower the Investor policy minimum level.

Time

If you want to divide your time of the year between two locations in the world, you might be able to do so as investor.

Age

If you have reached the age limit of 56 years under the Skilled Migrant Category, you might still be able to migrate as business owner or investor.

The Key Requirements - A Quick Self Check:

Compare the different visa types for investors and entrepreneurs and see whether you might qualify.
In short, the more capital you can invest, the less further requirements you will have to meet.

INTERESTED IN investment, entrepreneurship or retirement?

Ask our Investment Category specialist Carsten Hallwass for a free assessment

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