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BB3.10 Points scale for an Entrepreneur Work Visa

  1. Applications must meet a minimum score of 120 points in order to be granted an Entrepreneur Work Visa. Applications not meeting the minimum score of 120 points will be declined.
  2. Applicants must be able to demonstrate to the satisfaction of a business immigration specialist why they should be awarded the points they have claimed.
  3. Business immigration specialists must give written reasons for declining the application and not awarding any points claimed.
  4. The following table outlines the points that can be awarded for an Entrepreneur Work Visa application:

Points for business experience (can be awarded in only one category)

Relevant self-employment

10 years +

40

5 years +

30

3 years +

20

Other self-employment

10 years +

20

5 years +

15

3 years +

5

Relevant senior management experience

10 years +

10

5 years +

5

Points for benefit to New Zealand (can be awarded in up to two categories)

New full time employment creation

10+ new full time positions for New Zealand citizens or residents

80

5 or more new full time positions for New Zealand citizens or residents

50

3 or more new full time positions for New Zealand citizens or residents

30

2 new full time positions for New Zealand citizens or residents

20

1 new full time position for a New Zealand citizen or resident.

10

Points for approved export businesses (based on annual turnover)

$1,000,000 + turnover a year

80

$750,000 + turnover a year

60

$500,000 + turnover a year

40

$400,000 + turnover a year

30

$300,000 + turnover a year

20

$200,000 + turnover a year

10

Points for unique or new products or services to New Zealand

A credible business proposal that provides unique or new products/ services to New Zealand, or to a particular region.

30

Points for capital investment

$1,000,000 +

80

$750,000 +

60

$500,000 +

50

$400,000 +

30

$300,000 +

20

$200,000 +

10

under $200,000

0

Points for age of prospective applicant (at date of lodging application)

24 and under

15

25-29

20

30-39

20

40-49

20

50-59

10

60 and over

0

Bonus points

Business based outside Auckland as defined in BB6.1.35.

40

Note: For definitions of terms for the purposes of the Entrepreneur Work Visa and Entrepreneur Residence Visa Categories, see the Definitions section at BB6. The criteria for recognising capital investment is outlined at BB3.5.10.

Effective 07/12/2015

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