Whether you are a business looking to set up here, or an individual wanting to relocate and invest, New Zealand has visas to assist.
We welcome businesses and investors who can help grow our economy and international competitiveness. So, if you have the right credentials and want to buy, set up or invest in a business here, Immigration New Zealand has dedicated pathways to help. Their website guides you through the criteria, process and types of investments, along with general information about settling in New Zealand. In the meantime, here is a summary of visa categories that might interest you:
Businesses bringing key offshore staff to New Zealand
If you need to bring specialist people to Auckland to set up your business, there is a special visa category called the Employees of Relocating Business Resident Visa. The category exists to grant residence to employees considered essential to the operation of your business in New Zealand. This visa can assist people who would not qualify under the other categories. You can learn more on the New Zealand Immigration website.
Investment and entrepreneur visas
If you have capital and desirable skills, then New Zealand can offer dedicated investor and entrepreneur visas that open up opportunities for you to settle, or at least spend considerable time here. The scheme can also make provision for life partners and dependent children aged 24 and under.
If you or your staff have children, finding a good school and getting them settled will also be a priority. The New Zealand Immigration website provides excellent information on the national education system for immigrants to New Zealand.
Non-key staff from overseas
For an individual not defined as key staff by New Zealand Immigration, you need to show that the person has skills and experience required here, and that there are no suitable local residents to undertake the work. This excludes citizens or permanent residents from Australia, who do not need to apply for a visa to live and work in New Zealand. As long as they meet entry criteria, they can be granted a work visa on arrival. See the skill shortage checker or find out more about work visa options on the New Zealand Immigration website.
If you need help or advice with your visa application, you can engage a licensed immigration advisor or New Zealand lawyer. But first check the register on the Immigration Advisors Authority (IAA) website to make sure you engage someone with a valid licence.
Find a licensed immigration advisor at IAA.
Find out who can give immigration advice at IAA.
Find a lawyer at the New Zealand Law Society.