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 (GIVs). 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

With this visa 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 cannot 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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