Visa News

Entrepreneur visas a real problem

The Entrepreneur Visa policy encourages applicants and their families to settle in New Zealand on temporary visas, based on the promise that, after a few years of running a successful business, they will be granted residence. But the final decision becomes a “check box” process led by officials.

01/03/20191 min read
Entrepreneur visas a real problem


The Entrepreneur Visa policy encourages applicants and their families to settle in New Zealand on temporary visas, based on the promise that, after a few years of running a successful business, they will be granted residence.

But the final decision becomes a “check box” process led by officials with no business experience and unwilling or unable to exercise any common sense discretion. At one level the consequence is heart-rending stories in the media of families being crushed; at another the scary statistics that in 2018 90% of applications were declined.

David Cooper, Malcolm Pacific’s director of client services, wrote to Immigration Minister Iain lees-Galloway a year ago saying, “the policy is not working - and people are being damaged.” But the government continues to say this policy is not a priority for them to fix; while talking up ways of extending policies into the regions.

“We need entrepreneurial migrants who have money, skills and enthusiasm to take over the hundreds of businesses that aging New Zealanders are wanting to sell as they retire”, Cooper says.

“By all means let’s have a regional focus. But before spreading the focus, let’s have some well-written basic policy…. and soon, before more people get hurt and New Zealand’s reputation for integrity is damaged.”

Get started with a FREE consultation today

Our highly experienced licensed Immigration team will take away the stress and worry of navigating the complicated world of New Zealand Immigration. All you need to do is get in touch. Our team is on standby, ready to help.

Latest Updates

Our team keep ahead of all the latest immigration developments and post updates regularly. Stay up to date by signing up to our newsletter and get these updates directly to your inbox.

Update

The Green List

From September 2022 people holding job offers in a small number of occupations may apply for residence. Some occupations are a direct pathway to residence and others require a period of two years or longer before applying.

There are qualification and/or occupational registration requirements to meet. Establishing if an overseas qualification matches the NZ equivalent qualification before applying is paramount for success.

Read more here.

16 May 22
Update

Work Visa Categories Closing

The work visa categories set to close are:

  • Essential Skills Work Visa
  • Essential Skills Work Visa – approval in principle
  • Work to Residence (Talent – Accredited Employer)
  • Work to Residence (Long Term Skills Shortage)
  • Silver Fern Job Search Work Visa (closed October 2019)
  • Silver Fern Practical Experience Work Visa.
10 Feb 22
Update

Policy Decision Key Dates in 2022

  • February 13. Fully vaccinated Kiwis plus certain other travellers entering NZ from the rest of the world* can skip MIQ.
  • April 30. The border starts a phased reopen to fully vaccinated foreign nationals.
  • April 30. The Productivity Commission reports back to the government on immigration settings.
  • May 9. Applications open for mandatory Employer Accreditation.

*Excludes high-risk countries.

16 Dec 21