Whether you are a business looking to set up here, or an individual wanting to relocate and invest, New Zealand has visas to assist.
The Immigration New Zealand website guides you through the process, and you can also find out who can help by contacting our team. In the meantime, here’s an overview of visa pathways.
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 opportunities for you to settle, or at least spend considerable time here.
The Active Investor Plus Visa (AI+) is a resident visa for investors who want to make a direct investment in high-growth New Zealand companies.
To be eligible for the AI+, applicants must:
Invest a total of between NZ$5 million and NZ$15 million (depending on a weighting system that incentivises more 'active' investments)
Invest across three years and maintain the investment for a further fourth year
Spend 117 days in New Zealand across the four-year conditional visa period
Have a reasonable command of English to at least Level 5 of the International English Language Testing System.
Both schemes make provision for life partners and dependent children aged 24 and under.
Our team can help you to find investment opportunities in Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland, and connect you with the networks and the knowledge to help you get set up here.
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.