• Entrepreneur & Business Visas

    Entrepreneur & Business Visas

New Zealand is recognised around the world as a safe, stable and honest country in which to do business. We are 1st out of 141 countries for Macroeconomic Stability. This means that you can have confidence your investment and skills will be safe and respected should you chose NZ.

(Source: World Economic Forum, Global Competitiveness Report 2019) and 1st in the world for corruption transparency (Source: Corruptions Perceptions Index, Transparency International, 2021).

Entrepreneur & Business Visa

Candidates for this visa first apply for an Entrepreneur work visa which is valid for 3 years. If the criteria of that work visa is met, it can then lead onto a residence. This offers great opportunities to experienced business people who want to work in their own business in New Zealand.

If you’re granted an Entrepreneur work visa, you can buy or set up a business in New Zealand. A capital investment of at least NZ$100,000 is required.

Key points of interest for this visa are:

  • You must prove you have at least 120 points on the Entrepreneur Work Visa points scale
  • You must provide an immigration specific business plan
  • You can buy an existing business or set up your own.

If the business is successful this can support an application for residency for you and your family. You will need to show you have complied with immigration and employment law, that you and everyone included in the application meet the minimum standard of English language and that all relevant health and character requirements are met.

Identifying the potential points you can claim and selecting which points are most likely to make your application successful is complicated, speak with us now to gain further details and hear about how we can support you to meet the criteria for this visa.

Business Plans

These are different to the usual type of business plan you may be familiar with, including additional and specific criteria if you are purchasing an existing business.

The plan must contain a portfolio of evidence to support the claims made in the plan.

Business plans are carefully assessed and verified by Immigration NZ, which can include asking other agencies to be involved in the assessment. You may even be interviewed as part of your application process. NZ Visa Connections works closely with many preferred partners in and we can refer you to someone who understands your particular business and skills.

  • "Overall, my experience with NZ Visa Connections has been very pleasant and enjoyable. They provided me with the peace of mind and confidence that everything will be sorted, and that my visa application was in very good hands. The team was very efficient, organized, and “on-the-ball” on all immigration policies and requirements. The weekly video chats to check on the progress of my “paper trail” was very helpful. It was a very professional engagement with a personal touch. "

    Jessica Misa Baird, Work Visa Support

  • "My experience has truly been nothing short of easy and amazing. NZ Visa Connections has been thorough since the inception of our relationship. Understanding the ins and outs of the process has been overwhelming and not always easy to follow. But, they've been transparent, calming and honest during an otherwise difficult to navigate process. The team goes above and beyond and it's very evident they are passionate about the work that they do."

    Ashley Bent, Work Visa Support

  • "Outstanding work from NZ Visa Connections in regards to helping our company secure visas for two of our key staff members. These two wonderful ladies have gone above and beyond for our company. Rebecca was the case manager for two of our staff members and  she worked exceptionally hard to renew their visas on the 11th hour. I was so impressed with her amazing ability to make things happen with such a positive outcome. "

    Lee Dewerson, Employer / Business services

  • "We first meet NZ Visa Connections back in 2017 when we were looking for an advisor to apply for Reon's first work Visa, We have continued to work with NZ Visa Connection ever since. With that said we have found them to be very professional throughout this process and have been Successful with our application for Reon Visas. Reon and myself would have no problem with recommending NZ Visa Connection to any person who needed Visa advice. "

    Ross & Reon Laird, Work Visa Support

  • "I was very nervous about trying to employ an international applicant, but NZ Visa Connections helped me employ the perfect person for our team, even making suggestions so we could apply for a 3-year Visa straight away. They assisted and supported me every step of the way, from helping with the advertisement to preparing Visa application documents, through to procuring the visa’s required for our employee. They were knowledgeable and eminently capable, and I would have no hesitation referring them to any other business thinking about hiring internationally."

    Lisa Coleman, Employer / Business services

  • "NZ Visa Connections basically took the stress out of my work and residence visa applications. I honestly feel so lucky to have found them in the first place --through my sister's colleague's recommendation. They were as amazing to work with as what we heard about them. The whole process was already quite streamlined for us (my partner and I). We simply had to follow through a well-defined checklist with details like: the importance of a specific document, suggestions and prompts for letters and other write up. It was very clear to us that they are the expert we needed."

    Donna Dychinco, Residence Visa support