Pathways to residence are available for migrants who can demonstrate they have been actively participating in their business and contributing to New Zealand’s economic development. There are two categories:
If you have successfully established or purchased a business in New Zealand, you have been 'self-employed' in that business for at least two years, and your business has benefited New Zealand significantly, you may be eligible for residence in New Zealand under the Entrepreneur Category.
Usually, the first step towards becoming a New Zealand resident under this category is usually to obtain a long-term business visa, which will enable you to work in your business.
The Entrepreneur Plus Category provides a faster track to residence because you are not required to operate a business for a minimum period of time before applying. As well as meeting general health and character requirements, to gain residence under this category, you must:
*Self-employment is lawful active involvement in the management and operating of a business in New Zealand which the principal applicant has established or purchased, or in which the principal applicant has made a substantial investment. Self-employment does not include involvement of a passive or speculative nature.
For both categories you will need to show that your business complies with New Zealand employment and immigration law. Some requirements are different (mainly for English language and benefit to New Zealand) if you:
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