New Zealand: Entrepreneur Work Visa (Startup Visa)

The Entrepreneur Work Visa allows startup founders and their family to move to New Zealand.



Entrepreneurs in many fields are eligible for an Entrepreneur Work Visa, which requires an approved business plan and an investment of $71,817. Some innovative businesses can have their investment requirement waived.

This visa grants 12 months to move to New Zealand, start your business, and invest your capital (if required). If you meet the requirements after 12 months, you can renew for 2 more years. After this, you may be eligible to apply for Permanent Residence.

One of the world’s most remote nations, New Zealand constantly appears on lists of the happiest places on earth. Move to New Zealand to explore its dramatic natural beauty (showcased in The Lord of the Rings films), appreciate its unique multicultural character, and raise your family in its progressive, egalitarian society. 

Internet Speed

Fixed broadband: 166.95 Mbps download/103.43 Mbps upload

Mobile: 83.47 Mbps download/16.52 Mbps upload

Cost of living

No. 20 globally 


$71,817 bank balance to invest in the business 

Investment can be waived based on innovation, economic viability, or other criteria.

Business and applicant must be approved by points system based on factors like age, business 


Application Process

Apply online. This visa takes 8+ months to process.

Documents Required

Other documents may be requested.

To renew your visa after the first year, you’ll need to prove that you have made adequate steps to start your business and make the capital investment.

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