Christchurch immigration lawyers specialising in New Zealand entrepreneur work visas

Our Christchurch immigration lawyers can help you on the path to securing a New Zealand entrepreneur work visa.

The entrepreneur work visa application process can be difficult. A large percentage of applications are declined.

Our immigration law team helps you increase your chance of success. We can help prepare your documentation and ensure it’s complete and correct at every stage. We can also advocate to Immigration New Zealand on your behalf.

Talk with us at the earliest stage possible to start things the right way.

Get assistance with an entrepreneur work visa

What is an entrepreneur work visa?

An entrepreneur work visa is a path to allow people outside New Zealand to start a business in New Zealand. Eventually it can lead to New Zealand residency.

Who is eligible for a New Zealand entrepreneur work visa?

You need to meet a series of requirements. These include:

  • Identity, health and character checks.
  • The ability to speak English.
  • A capital investment for your business of NZ$100,000 or more. Depending on your industry, you may be able to have this requirement waived.
  • A detailed business plan.
  • 120 points on an entrepreneur scale. This scale assesses several factors which indicate the likely success of your business.

It’s important that you provide full and persuasive evidence to show you meet these requirements. That can be difficult when you haven’t done it before. That’s a big reason why having us involved will help. We’ve helped many clients secure their visas. We know what’s needed to succeed.

How long can you stay in New Zealand on an entrepreneur work visa?

Upon receiving your visa, you’ll have 12 months to start your business. Once you’ve shown Immigration New Zealand that you’ve started it, you’ll be able to stay a further 24 months in New Zealand.

Starting a business has its own challenges, even if you’ve had success in your own country. As well as helping you secure a visa, we can help you throughout your business start-up process.

How does an entrepreneur work visa lead to residency?

When your business proves successful, you may be able to gain New Zealand residency.

There are two options available.

  • After six months: If you’ve invested NZ$500,000 or more in your business and you’ve created at least three new full-time jobs for citizens or residents.
  • After two years: If you’ve been self-employed in that business for at least two years, and it has “significantly benefited” New Zealand.

As with applying for the visa, it’s important you make a strong case for yourself. We’ll help you structure it in the best way possible.

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