New Zealand

Investor Visa

A very substantial investment in New Zealand can form the basis of a resident visa application that will eventually lead to permanent residency in New Zealand. Depending on the subcategory, the money must be invested in New Zealand for a minimum period of 3 or 4 years.

Although it is possible, investors in this visa category usually to not invest in their own company. Investors in this category are usually not actively involved in the management of the company or fund in which they invest. Investors can choose from a wide variety of possible “acceptable investments”.

Investing in your own company is however possible, under certain conditions, with the the Investor 1 or Investor 2 Visa category. he Entrepreneur Work Visa Category is more focused on investing in your own company where the investor is also actively involved in management.

A very important element in visa applications for Investor Class Visa is that it can be properly demonstrated how the applicant obtained his / her assets, and that this was done legally. It is closely monitored how the obtained funds are ultimately invested in New Zealand according to the regular banking channels. The Investor visa category has two subcategories, Investor 1 and Investor 2.

Investor 1

An application in the Investor 1 category requires a minimum investment of NZ $ 10 million for a period of 3 years. In addition to the investment amount, the investor must also meet the following conditions:

  • General “Health & Character” requirements. A medical examination is always part of the application procedure, and Police Certificates must also be submitted.
  • The investor must be a fit and proper person. This means that someone must have complied with all relevant regulations (financial / immigration, etc) for the companies for which he / she has been responsible. In addition, no conviction for fraud, forgery, etc.
  • An investor in the Investor 1 category only needs to spend 88 days in New Zealand during the three-year investment period. The exact distribution of these days depends on the investment that is chosen.

Family members (spouse and children) can be included in the application, and really only need to spend 1 day in New Zealand after the application has been approved.

Investor 2

An application in the Investor 2 category requires a minimum investment of NZ $ 3 million for a period of 4 years.

In addition to the investment amount, the investor must also meet the following conditions:

  • Maximum 65 years old
  • Knowledge of the English language: minimum 3.0 on an IELTS test, or comparable score on another test
  • The investor must be able to claim a minimum of 120 points according to the points table used for this visa category
  • The investor must have a minimum of 3 years of work experience as an entrepreneur or manager, responsible for a company with a minimum of 5 employees or an annual turnover of NZ $ 1 million
  • General “Health & Character” requirements. A medical examination is always part of the application procedure, and Police Certificates must also be submitted
  • The investor must be a fit and proper person. This means that someone must have complied with all relevant regulations (financial / immigration, etc) for the companies for which he / she has been responsible. In addition, no conviction for fraud, forgery, etc.

An investor in the Investor 2 category must spend a minimum of 438 days in New Zealand during the last 3 years of the investment period. The exact distribution of these days depends on the type of investment that is chosen.

Family members (spouse and children) can be included in the application, and really only need to spend 1 day in New Zealand after the application has been approved.