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Entrepreneur Visa Category

Entrepreneur Work & Residence Visas New Zealand

If you’re an experienced entrepreneur and you want to build your own business in New Zealand, it’s possible to set up your own business in New Zealand. Immigration New Zealand offers an option to obtain an Entrepreneur Work Visa to set up your business, which can lead to an Entrepreneur Resident Visa, where you can stay in New Zealand indefinitely.

If your business is profitable and you have satisfied the investment requirements of Immigration New Zealand, you can apply for residence under the Entrepreneur Residency Visa.

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Entrepreneur Work Visa Criteria and Allowances

An Entrepreneur Work Visa allows you to set up and work in your own business in New Zealand.

With this visa you can:

  • Come to New Zealand and set up or buy your own business.
  • Work in your business in New Zealand for up to 3 years.
  • Include your partner and dependent children in your application.

To be eligible for this type of visa, you must:

  • Have at least NZD $100,000 in invest capital.
  • Have a detailed business plan.
  • Be able to claim 120 points on the Immigration New Zealand points scale.
  • If your business is in the science or ICT sectors, shows a high level of innovation or has export potential, the NZD $100,000 invest capital requirement could be waived.
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Pathway to Residency

Entrepreneur Resident Visa

If the business you set up as part of your Entrepreneur Work Visa is profitable and you have satisfied the investment requirements, you can apply for residence in New Zealand under the Entrepreneur Residence Category.

With this visa you can:

  • Continue to operate your business in New Zealand.
  • Live and work in New Zealand
  • Study in New Zealand

To be eligible for this type of visa, you must:

  • Have a current Entrepreneur work visa
  • You must have invested capital in your business as per your business plan
  • Your business must be profitable and stimulating New Zealand’s economic growth and job market.
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How Immigration Chambers Can Help

Immigration law can be complex and overwhelming, but here at Immigration Chambers, we’re here to make understanding your options and securing the right New Zealand visa for you a lot easier.

Our team of immigration specialists include accredited immigration lawyers and licensed immigration advisers who are not only vastly experienced in all manner of immigration law matters but are also well versed in the latest immigration laws and restrictions for New Zealand.

Whether you’re looking to come to New Zealand on an Entrepreneur Work Visa or become a resident under the Entrepreneur Resident Visa, it’s important that you provide accurate information as part of your application. Mistakes can be costly and time consuming. That’s what we’re here to help you with.
We can assess your situation and application details to ensure you’re submitting the correct information, that you meet the necessary requirements, and that you’re applying for the right type of visa. We understand immigration matters are overwhelming and stressful, so we’re here to take the hassle out of the process for you.

Why Choose Immigration Chambers for New Zealand Immigration matters?

Here’s why people choose Immigration Chambers Legal for assistance with immigration and visas for New Zealand:

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We make the process easier

Immigration and visa matters are often complex but we’re here to take the stress and confusion out of the process and ensure that you have the right information for your situation.

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Expert Advice

Our team is made up of qualified immigration experts – both immigration lawyers and immigration advisers. Our knowledge is up-to-date and accurate.

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Exception Results

We pride ourselves on being able to advise businesses and individuals on all aspects of immigration law and ensure that our advice leads to successful outcomes.

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Clear Communication

We will always keep you up to date with the latest news and any changes to policies and laws that could impact your visa application.

Frequently Asked Questions


Contact us today for an initial enquiry

We are New Zealand’s largest and most experienced team of licensed immigration advisers. Our experts will take away the stress and worry of navigating the complicated world of immigration. All you need to do is get in touch. Our team is on standby, ready to help.

Feedback From Our Clients

To be effective in this age of globalisation your business needs expertise to ensure your employees get the right visa as quickly as possible. We offer a full range of services.

“I would highly recommend Immigration Chambers for its quality service and reasonable fees. I found Shiv and David very cooperative and Proactive. I am very happy with the results I have received for my partnership Visa. The whole process was stress free and very smooth. I wish all the best for the whole team 👍🏻.”
Tenji Dolma
Tenji Dolma
I highly recommend the Immigration Chamber for the quality of their work!! Thanks to Valerie I got my student visa in record time. Her availability, her follow-up and her dedication have made a real difference for me. If I have one more thing to tell you all is that if you have any kinds of request regarding immigration, do not hesitate and contact them!!
Guillaume Mallet
Guillaume Mallet
“I am very grateful to the Immigration Chambers for their help with my difficult case, they did everything professionally, on time and we are happy with the result. Will recommend for sure !)”
Angelika Sigaenko
Angelika Sigaenko
“I highly recommend David and his team. My partner got visa after 2 year waiting. We received PPI, IC helped us solve it. They are very professional and friendly. Excellent service.”
Sammanuel Nguyen
Sammanuel Nguyen
“Our residency has finally been approved recently and it’s a big relief after 26 months waiting in uncertianty. Thanks for the very honest and professional services from Immigration Chambers, especially Wilson, my main contact. He was very caring and guided us through this difficult journey. Really appreciated!”
Jane Guo
Jane Guo