NewZealand-Investment-Visa
New Zealand Investment Visa

New Zealand Investment Visa

New Zealand Investment Visa

Requirements of New Zealand residence by investment

Applicants can live, work, and study in New Zealand under the Investor 1 and Investor 2 resident visa programmes. Applicants may include in their applications their spouse and dependent children aged 24 and under.

Investor 1 resident visa

  • To qualify for New Zealand residence under this scheme, an applicant must invest NZD 10 million in New Zealand over a three-year period.

  • There is no upper age restriction, no language requirement, and no necessity for business experience.

Investor 2 resident visa

  • This visa is open to experienced business people aged 65 and under with a minimum of NZD 3 million in accessible money or assets. To determine eligibility, a point-based approach is utilised.

  • Applicants must spend at least NZD 3 million in an approved New Zealand investment that will be held for four years.

  • Applicants must have an English-speaking background or an International English Language Testing System test result with an overall band score of three or above, or be skilled English users.

Acceptable investments

An acceptable investment is:

  • Investments with the potential for a commercial return

  • Not for the applicant's personal use (s)

  • a NZD sum was invested in New Zealand

  • Invested in legal companies or managed funds

  • One with the capacity to contribute to the economy

Acceptable investments include:

  • Bonds issued by the government of New Zealand or municipal governments

  • Firms having a BBB or comparable rating that are traded on the New Zealand debt securities market 

  • Registered financial institutions

  • Finance firms

Equity investments in New Zealand enterprises (public or private, including managed funds), registered banks, and residential property development are also possible (s). Applicants can choose from a variety of funds and/or assets in which to invest.

Procedures and time frame of the New Zealand Residence by Investment Program

The procedures and time frames for the Investor 1 and Investor 2 resident visa programs are reasonably straightforward with specialist assistance.

Investor 1 resident visa

  • Applicants apply for the resident visa directly to Immigration New Zealand, without the necessity for an expression of interest (EOI).

  • A preliminary permission is normally granted within five to six months, depending on the quality of the information presented as well as security and health examinations.

  • Immigration New Zealand will only approve in principle and will not grant the visa until the monies have been transferred and invested and documentation of this has been given to the agency. The resident visa will then be issued within two to four weeks.

  • Successful candidates must spend at least 44 days in New Zealand in each of the latter two years of the three-year investment term, or 88 days in total if they invest at least NZD 2.5 million in growth investments.

  • If all of the criteria for the first two years of the initial two-year investment term are satisfied, the applicant can apply for a variation of conditions allowing travel in and out of New Zealand for another two years.

  • If the prerequisites are satisfied at the end of the three-year investment term, the applicant and family members can apply for permanent residence, which is a resident visa lasting for life.

Investor 2 resident visa

  • An expression of interest (EOI) must be submitted to Immigration New Zealand explaining the applicant's personal information, company expertise, and investment capital.

  • If the EOI is accepted, the applicant, spouse, and/or dependents will be asked to apply for New Zealand residency. Invites are typically sent out within two weeks of an EOI being selected.

  • Once asked to apply, the candidate will have four months to submit the application.
    An approval in principle is normally granted within 18 months, although it is contingent on the quality of information presented, as well as security and health assessments.

  • Immigration New Zealand will only approve in principle — the visa will not be given until the money have been moved and invested and documentation of this is provided to the agency, following which the visa may be issued within two to four weeks.

  • At the conclusion of the second and fourth years of the applicant's residency in New Zealand, evidence that the invested funds have been maintained will be needed.

  • The primary applicant must collect 146 days in each of years two, three, and four of the investment term, or 438 days throughout the full four-year investment period, provided they invest at least NZD 750,000 in growth investments.



 

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