The Global Impact Visa

The Global Impact Visa is the world’s first immigration policy focused on creating positive impact, for New Zealand and the world. Pioneered and led by Immigration New Zealand, the Global Impact Visa is exclusively available to individuals and teams who are accepted into the Edmund Hillary Fellowship (EHF).

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In 2017, the New Zealand Government introduced the Global Impact Visa - an innovative new three-year work visa for entrepreneurs, investors and startup teams innovating to create positive impact in New Zealand and globally. The Global Impact Visa holders can qualify for permanent residency after 30 months of being accepted.

The Global Impact Visa represents a bold new way of thinking about immigration. Rather than relying purely on standardised metrics such as capital already raised, exits achieved, or academic qualifications, the Global Impact Visa (GIVs) works with EHF to assess individuals on their potential and proven ability to create social, environmental, cultural and economic impact. Acceptance into EHF is required to be eligible for this visa.


Who is GIVs For?

The Global Impact Visa is for those leveraging innovation, entrepreneurship, and capital to develop new paradigm solutions to global problems from Aotearoa New Zealand. It is for people who are tackling real and meaningful problems for society and the planet, and leveraging tools of business to bring their bold visions to reality. This visa programme is also for those who want to build a long-term base in New Zealand, connect with the talented community that exists, and contribute positively to the long-term wellbeing of the nation.


Can Anyone Apply?

Recognising that visionary, impact-driven individuals can come from anywhere in the world, the Global Impact Visa is open to people of all nationalities, countries, ages, and stages of entrepreneurial journey. The visa also recognises that entrepreneurship is a path with many twists and turns, and it provides a great level of flexibility to help entrepreneurs and investors focus on their work. GIVs has no minimum days required in New Zealand each year, and entrepreneurs are not tied to one specific business plan. These and other factors make the Global Impact the most entrepreneur-friendly visa in the world.


Why New Zealand?

Aotearoa New Zealand offers a friendly collaborative business environment, spirit of resourcefulness, stable government and well-educated workforce, providing entrepreneurs and investors the freedom to innovate. By starting local in New Zealand, the Global Impact Visa provides the opportunity to test and incubate ideas and products at a local level, before scaling them for global impact. Apply or express interest below.


What are the Benefits?

The benefits of the Global Impact Visa include additional visas for your family (spouse/partner and dependents), access to public health care services and public education for your children, and the flexibility to travel internationally and plan your move to New Zealand gradually. Permanent residency after three years helps to make you an integral part of the NZ society, and sets you on the path to citizenship. 


Am I eligible?

To be eligible for the Global Impact Visa, there are some minimum requirements set by Immigration New Zealand. You must initially be accepted into the Edmund Hillary Fellowship to order to apply. An acceptable standard of health, good character and a high level of English proficiency are required to qualify. In addition, you are required to have sufficient maintenance funds of NZD $36,000, or alternatively the ability to earn an equivalent income to support yourself and any dependents in New Zealand during the first year. Read more about Immigration New Zealand’s requirements here.

“New Zealand certainly deserves its reputation as a nation of innovation.”

- Eric Dahlstrom, EHF Fellow, SpaceBase

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If you’re not quite ready to apply, but would like to tell us more about your idea or venture, you can express interest below.

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