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Global Impact Visa

The immigration authorities of New Zealand in association with Edmund Hillary Fellowship have created the Global Impact Visa. Its a unique immigration product for high impact entrepreneurs, investors and startup teams.

What is it about?

Global Impact Visa or GIVs provides individual entrepreneurs and their teams with a 3-year visa. During this 3 years, they can create, support and incubate ventures which have a potential to create a global business impact. It is a visa option for those who have the guts and the ambition to create a business model which can really create disruption in the global markets. Post the 3 years duration the visa holder is eligible to apply for residency.

GIVs selection process

There are two stages in the application and selection process in order to be granted a Global Impact Visa.
  • Submit an application, and be accepted into, the Edmund Hillary Fellowship.
  • Apply for a Global Impact Visa.

What is Edmund Hillary Fellowship?

The Edmund Hillary Fellowship fosters humankind’s creative potential from New Zealand, by supporting a community of impact entrepreneurs, investors and change-makers to build meaningful solutions to global problems.

EHF accepts a cohort of Fellows every 6 months through a rigorous application process. New Zealanders building innovative ventures are also part of each cohort to strengthen the community. EHF leverages New Zealand’s unique platforms to test, incubate, and scale innovative ideas that can create lasting positive impact, in New Zealand and around the world.

EHF operates as a not-for-profit organization owned by the Hillary Institute of International Leadership. By partnering with local and international experts in innovation, and leveraging private sector strengths, the New Zealand Government is better positioned to accelerate impact-based innovation and grow New Zealand for all.

Source: immigration.govt.nz

Who is GIV’s For?

Global impact visas are designed to attract the exceptionally talented entrepreneurs of the world. This visa provides them with an opportunity to create business and business models out of New Zealand that would have the potential to have a global business impact. This visa is also for the people who cannot apply for other visa options. Investors who would like to support such ideas are also granted this visa. Your immediate family can also accompany you but they have to apply for a separate visa under different categories available for the purpose.

The GIVs selection process

As mentioned before, it is a two-step process. Once an individual is selected for EHF then he becomes eligible to apply for GIV. There are many parameters that need to be considered for grant of GIV. It would be best to get in touch with us for the same.