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.


After you arrive, you can travel in and out of New Zealand as many times as you like before your visa expires.


You can only work for yourself, in the business and location named on your visa.

Contact details

You must let us know if your address or other contact details change for 5 years after your visa is approved.

We may get in touch with you during the end of your ‘start-up’ stage to check you have met the conditions of your visa.

If we are unable to confirm that you are meeting the conditions you may not be able to stay in New Zealand.

Later, we may need to contact you to take part in an evaluation of the Entrepreneur Work Visa Category.

No welfare assistance

You must not apply for or accept welfare assistance while in New Zealand.

If you have a partner or dependent children who are granted visas based on your Entrepreneur Work Visa, they must not apply for or accept welfare assistance while in New Zealand either.


You can study for up to 3 months in any 12-month period.

Visa expiry

You must leave New Zealand before your visa expires.

Visa expiry dates are printed on a visa label or included in a visa letter.