If you wish to live and work in New Zealand as entrepreneur, to start your own business or to invest certain amount of money in some of the New Zealand’s economy sectors, you will need a business visa. Depending on your intention you can apply for Entrepreneur Work visa or for Investor 1 or 2 resident visas.
In order to receive the invitation to apply for Investor 2 visa you need to send the Expression of Interest (EOI) first.
General conditions for all visas:
This visa allows you to start your own business in New Zealand as entrepreneur or to invest your money in some economy sector in New Zealand. Business visa also includes your partner and children. If you fulfill all conditions for Entrepreneur Work visa, you will get the opportunity to apply for Entrepreneur Resident visa which gives you permanent resident status in New Zealand.
Entrepreneur Work visa lasts for 3 years maximum, while Entrepreneur Resident visa and Investor Resident 1 and 2 visas are permanent visas.
Business visa application is conducted online through website of New Zealand’s Home Affairs.
Visa fee for Entrepreneur Work visa application is 3.365NZD and the average processing time is 21 months. Fee for Expression of Interest is 620NZD and the time required to consider it is 2 weeks, while visa fee for Investor 1 and 2 applications is 4.960NZD and processing time is from 27 to 29 months.