The Entrepreneur Residence Category enables migrants who have established high growth and innovative businesses with the export potential to be granted residence. There are two ways of qualifying for residence under the Entrepreneur Residence Category: the 2-year option and the 6-month option.
Entrepreneur Residence Category (2 years) If you have successfully established or purchased a business in New Zealand, you have been self-employed in that business for at least two years, and your business has benefited New Zealand significantly, you may be eligible for residence in New Zealand under this category.
Entrepreneur Residence Category (6 months) This option provides a faster track to the residence for applicants who have been running a high-value business for at least six months. As well as meeting general health, character, and English language requirements, to gain residence under this category, you must hold an Entrepreneur Work Visa or Long Term Business (LTBV - cease to be effective from 20 December 2013), have successfully established or purchased a business in New Zealand, have been self-employed in that business for six months, have invested at least NZ$0.5 million in the business, and have created a minimum of three new full-time jobs for New Zealand citizens or residents.