If you want to run your own business in New Zealand you will have to apply for a business visa, an Entrepreneur Visa.
There are a number of advantages for applicants who choose to apply for an Entrepreneur Work Visa in comparison to other visa types:
The process: Your way to residence in New Zealand will be in two steps, from a three year work visa to your residence visa.
To apply for an Entrepreneur Work Visa you will have to:
In short, these are the key requirements for step one, the Entrepreneur Work Visa:
After you have run your business successfully for at least two years, you can apply for a Entrepreneur Residence Visa.
There is a fast track option: You can apply after six months, provided you have invested at least NZ $ 500,000 in your business and created at least three full time jobs for New Zealanders (investment and employment must be maintained for two years).
Read more about the Entrepreneur Work Visa process and the eligibility requirements and check whether you can reach the minimum score of 120 points.
Also available are short - term business visas, eg for official trade missions, sales representatives of overseas companies, overseas buyers, business consultations, short-term secondments, intra-corporate transferees etc.
Ask our Principal Immigration Adviser Dr. Carsten Hallwass what it takes.
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