Conditions

These are the conditions that you must meet once you have your visa.

Entry permission

You must apply for entry permission when you arrive in New Zealand. You can do this by completing an arrival card, which you are given on the way to New Zealand.

Arriving in New Zealand

You can be refused entry permission if:

  • you don’t meet our character requirements
  • your circumstances have changed since you were granted a visa
  • you refuse to let us to take your photo, or provide us with your fingerprints or an iris scan, if we ask you for them.

Work

If you've been operating your business for less than 2 years, you must keep working in your own business for 2 years.

The 2-year time period includes any time you’ve been working for yourself in New Zealand on an Entrepreneur Work Visa.

If you’re unable to continue working in your own business, you and your family may have to leave New Zealand.

 

Capital investment

If you've been operating your business for less than 2 years, you must keep your nominated capital invested in your business for 2 years.

The 2-year time period includes any time you’ve been working for yourself in New Zealand on an Entrepreneur Work Visa.

If you’re unable to retain your capital investment, you and your family may have to leave New Zealand.

New jobs

If you've operated your business for less than 2 years, you must continue to employ people in the new jobs created, for a minimum of 2 years.

The 2-year time period includes any time you’ve been working for yourself in New Zealand on an Entrepreneur Work Visa.

If you’re unable to continue to employ people in the new jobs you created over the 2-year period, you and your family may have to leave New Zealand.

Contact details

You must provide us with your address and other contact details and let us know if these change while you’re in New Zealand.

We’ll need to get in touch with you to take part in an evaluation of the Entrepreneur Residence Visa Category.

Travel

You can travel in and out of New Zealand as many times as you like for 2 years.

To travel after that, you’ll need to apply for a variation of conditions or a Permanent Resident Visa.

If you’re outside of New Zealand when your travel conditions expire, your visa will expire as well.

Keep your visa in a valid passport

If you want to travel, your visa must be in a valid passport.

If your passport expires, you must apply to transfer your visa to a new passport before you can travel.

Transferring my visa to a new passport

To transfer your visa, you must:

  • send us your old and new passports
  • complete an ‘Application for Transfer or Confirmation of a Visa’
  • pay a transfer fee.

 

Application for Transfer or Confirmation of a Visa (INZ 1023)

Fees, decision times and where to apply