Information about Global Impact Work Visa

Entrepreneurs and Investors accepted into the Edmund Hillary Fellowship can apply to Immigration New Zealand for a Global Impact Work Visa. This visa gives you the flexibility to work and live in New Zealand while establishing or supporting innovative ventures here. This visa is also a pathway to permanent residence.


36 months

400 places over 4 years

All conditions

You can

  • Live, work and study in New Zealand for 36 months.
  • Apply for permanent residence in New Zealand after 30 months on the Edmund Hillary Fellowship.

Things to note

  • You can only apply for a Global Impact Work Visa once you have been selected by the Edmund Hillary Fellowship.
  • You must remain on the Edmund Hillary Fellowship for 30 months before applying for permanent residence. To be eligible for residence, you must maintain the support of the Edmund Hillary Fellowship.
  • You can’t include a partner or dependent children in your work visa application, but they can apply for visas based on their relationship to you. They will need to meet residence health and character criteria.

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The application process

Stage 1

1 You submit an application to the Edmund Hillary Fellowship

Before you can apply for this visa, you must submit an application to the Edmund Hillary Fellowship.


2 Edmund Hillary Fellowship will assess your application

The Edmund Hillary Fellowship select applicants twice a year.  If you are selected you will be sent a Letter of Offer.

Stage 2

3 You send us your Global Impact Visa application

Applications for a Global Impact Visa should be made to Immigration New Zealand after receiving the Letter of Offer from the Edmund Hillary Fellowship.

You will need to submit a Police Certificate and Medical Certificate with your application.


4 We make a decision about your application

We’ll process your application as soon as we can. If there’s anything else you need to do, we’ll be in touch.

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