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Who can be self-employed in New Zealand?

The following people can be self-employed in New Zealand:

  • anyone who has a right to live permanently in New Zealand (unless your visa has restrictions)
  • holders of Entrepreneur Work Visa (previously known as Long Term Business Visa)
  • holders of work visas with open work conditions
  • holders of Working Holiday Visas (unless restricted by the terms of a particular scheme), although it is recommended to apply for the visa and wait until it is approved before making any kind of investment 
  • holders of Post-Study Work Visas (open) 
  • holders of Asylum Seeker/Refugee work visa with 'open work conditions'. 

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Entrepreneur Work Visa

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Working Holiday visas

Post Study Work Visa - Open

Holders of Student Visas and Visitor Visas holders are unable to be self- employed in New Zealand.