Information about Entrepreneur Work Visa

Apply if you want to work in your own business in New Zealand. You must have NZD $100,000 to invest, a business plan, and able to claim 120 points on our points scale.


Up to 3 years

All conditions

With this visa you can

  • Come to New Zealand to buy or set up your own business.
  • Work in your own business in New Zealand for up to 3 years in total.
  • Include your partner, and dependent children aged 19 and under, in your visa application.

Things to note

  • You can stay 12 months in the start-up stage of your visa, then another 24 months once you’ve shown us that you’ve set-up your business
  • If your business is in the science or ICT sectors, shows a high level of innovation or export potential, we may consider waiving the NZD $100,000 capital investment requirement.
  • We won’t be able to grant you an Entrepreneur Work Visa if you’ve been made bankrupt or been involved in a business failure in the last 5 years.
  • If you’ve been involved in any kind of business fraud or financial wrongdoing, we won’t be able to grant you a visa.

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