New Zealand employment visas

New Zealand employment visas

Overseas professionals who wish to live and work in the country after New Zealand company formation must get a work visa. Visa applications will be prepared and submitted by Healy Consultants at the local NZ immigration branch; it can take up to 3 months to get an approval. Different work visa apply to foreign entrepreneurs, employees and visitors which are as follows:

Entrepreneur visa

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  • Foreign entrepreneurs may apply for a long-term business visa to complete the New Zealand business formation process;
  • A long term NZ business visa allows the holder to live in the country for 9 months. After 9 months, the holder can apply for a work visa for the remaining years;
  • The foreign investor will need to provide i) a New Zealand business setup plan ii) how the New Zealand company formation would benefit the country and iii) experience in the field;
  • Summary of costs is:
US $
Payable to
Long-term Business Visa2,646NZ Immigration Office
Healy Consultants Fee7,950Healy Consultants
Total Visa Fee10,596

Employee visa

  • Individuals intending to work in the country can apply for either a temporary work visa or a skilled migrant visa;
  • A temporary work visa is valid between 3 to 9 months. This visa can be used for i) attending a job interview in NZ ii) attending a corporate event or iii) for conducting business meeting in the country;
  • A skilled migrant visa is granted if the employee is highly qualified and has a job offer in that field from a NZ resident employer. An individual selected under this category is granted a permanent residency;
  • The potential employees must submit i) proof of health and character ii) proof of a valid passport and iii) letter of sponsorship from the employer;
  • Employers will have to confirm sponsorship and provide proof of New Zealand company registration;
  • Summary of costs is:
US $
Payable to
Temporary Work Visa298NZ Immigration Office
Skilled Migrant Visa1,985NZ Immigration Office
Healy Consultants Fee7,950Healy Consultants

Visitor visa

  • Citizens of certain countries do not require a visa for the purpose of tourism;
  • This visa gives the holder the legal right to stay in the country up to 9 months per an 18 month period;
  • Following documents will be required: i) passport ii) travel tickets or evidence of funds to prove tickets can be afforded iii) proof of funds to show that entire trip is covered and iv) documents declaring the purpose of visit;
  • Summary of costs is:
US $
Payable to
Visitor Visa137NZ Immigration Office
Healy Consultants Fee7,950Healy Consultants
Total Visa Fee8,087

Migrate to New Zealand

International entrepreneurs find migration to New Zealand simple thanks to Healy Consultants’ comprehensive relocation services. Our services related to migration to New Zealand include:

  1. Assistance obtaining New Zealand employment and residence visas from Immigration New Zealand. To assist migration to New Zealand, Healy Consultants will obtain permits for entrepreneurs and their families of all nationalities allowing them to live and work in New Zealand. Healy Consultants’ fee to assist our Client obtain a New Zealand work permit US$7,950;
  2. Examples of New Zealand visas available to international entrepreneurs and business people include i) Entrepreneur Category (This is a new category of residence for entrepreneurs who have successfully established businesses in New Zealand.) ii) Long Term Business Visa (New multiple entry business visa for up to three years and renewable after that, for people interested in establishing a business in New Zealand who do not want to live here permanently. This is particularly for those who may wish, eventually, to apply for residence under the new Entrepreneur Category.) and iii) Investor Category, (To encourage investors who will actively participate in New Zealand’s economic growth and development by awarding higher points to younger people keen to take an active role in business as well as to those with business experience and significant funds). Furthermore, Healy Consultants assists Clients to obtain Dependant’s Visas for family members. For more information on the different types of New Zealand Visas, please refer to The New Zealand Visa Website;
  3. To support the visa application, Healy Consultants prepares a comprehensive business plan detailing our Client’s proposed business activities in New Zealand, a market analysis and financial projections, and a convincing outline of reasons for migration to New Zealand;
  4. Healy Consultants offers personalised orientation programmes for international entrepreneurs planning migration to New Zealand. Typical programmes include introductions to banks to open personal bank accounts, visits to key points of business interest in the neighbouring countries around New Zealand, as well as tours of commercial and residential property (see also point 5 below), international schools (see also point 6 below), social clubs and recreational facilities. In summary, Healy Consultants offers a one-stop service for migration to New Zealand;
  5. Before or following immigrating to NZ, Healy Consultants guides Clients through all aspects of renting or buying a property in New Zealand, including in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, Queenstown, Dunedin and Tauranga. We arrange property viewings according to Client specifications and budget, provide assistance with the drafting of lease agreements, and arranging for efficient connection of utilities. Furthermore, Healy Consultants provides introductions to New Zealand or international banks (for example in Singapore) to obtain property financing;
  6. Prior to or following migrating to New Zealand, Healy Consultants assists Clients to find suitable schools in New Zealand for their children. Examples of assistance provided includes providing information on international school fees, waiting lists and curricula;
  7. Prior to or following migration to New Zealand, some international entrepreneurs request tailored cross-cultural training programmes covering New Zealand business etiquette and protocols. Some Clients request advice on communication, conflict management and negotiation, and sales and marketing techniques in New Zealand.

Contact us

For additional information on our employment visas and migration services in New Zealand, you can email us at or phone us at (+64) 4831 8737. Address: Suite 5028, 24B Moorefield Rd, Johnsonville, Wellington 6037 NZ. Alternatively contact our in-house country expert whose details are below: