Entrepreneur Plus Visa Category: Operating a Business in New Zealand

The Entrepreneur Plus Visa category provides a faster path to residency for migrants who can demonstrate they have been actively taking part in business and contributing to New Zealand’s economic development.

Unlike the Entrepreneur Visa category there is no minimum business operational time requirement to be successful under this category.

If you hold a Long Term Business Visa you may apply for residence in New Zealand Under this category.

To be eligible for the Entrepreneur Plus Visa you must have:

  • Successfully established a business in New Zealand:
  • Been self-employed in your business: 
  • Transferred at least NZ$0.5 million through the banking system to New Zealand:
  • Invested at least NZ$0.5 million in your business: 
  • Created a minimum of three new full-time jobs for New Zealand citizens or residents (this is in addition to existing staff if you purchase a business): 
  • A minimum English language ability of IELTS 4: AND 
  • Met health and character requirements. 

Further requirements

The business for which you were granted the Long Term Business Visa to establish must be the same business for which you apply for the Entrepreneur Plus Visa, unless you have previously been given consent  to modify your original business proposal.  Your application cannot be approved under the Entrepreneur Plus Category if your established business is different to your proposal in your business plan.

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