Immigration Information

The New Zealand Government has several visa categories to attract potential business and investor migrants to undertake business and/or investment in New Zealand, and which can lead to these migrants attaining New Zealand permanent residence.

These categories comprise:

  • Investor Plus (Category One) – requiring investment funds of NZ$10 million+
  • Investor (Category Two) – requiring investment funds of at least NZ$1.5 million+
  • Entrepreneur Work Visa – a 3 year work visa to enable an applicant to establish or purchase
    a business in New Zealand and to own and operate this business. The business must be able
    to satisfy the policy requirement for high growth, innovation or export development. This is a
    points based category which normally requires a minimum business investment of
    NZ$100,000, however most applicants must invest more in order to achieve the required
    policy points. Additional points are available for businesses located outside of Auckland and
    also for new employment creation and export revenue
  • Entrepreneur Residence - after two years of owning and operating a business Entrepreneur
    Work Visa holders can be eligible to apply for New Zealand residence if they have undertaken
    their original business plan and achieved the business outcomes forecast in their plan
  • Entrepreneur Plus – if an Entrepreneur Work Visa holder has invested NZ$500,000 or more in
    their business, and created at least 3 new employment roles, they can be eligible to apply for
    Entrepreneur residence after 6 months of business operation

More information on the above visa categories can be obtained from the New Zealand Government
immigration website – see https://www.immigration.govt.nz/new-zealand- visas/options/start-a-
business-or- invest

Alternatively if you wish to seek further specific information and guidance relevant to your individual
circumstances you may wish to consult with our recommended providers of New Zealand immigration
and visa services – Pathways to New Zealand Ltd

Pathways is one of the longest established (since 1992) and most successful professional providers
of New Zealand immigration and visa services in New Zealand with 11 licensed immigration advisers
who, collectively, have over 80 years of immigration work experience. Pathways has assisted a wide
range of migrant clients within New Zealand and throughout the world in all aspects of their New
Zealand immigration requirements and some 15,000 people from over 100 different countries have to
date benefited from the immigration expertise of Pathways.

Contact - Richard Howard
Managing Director
E: richard@pathwaysNZ.com
Tel: +64 7 834 9222

Pathways to New Zealand Ltd                  
Private & Corporate Immigration Specialists
5th Floor, 1 Bryce Street
PO Box 7089
Hamilton, New Zealand