Acceptable investments

If you’re interested in combining business with lifestyle by gaining an investor visa, the opportunities you take up must fit the ‘acceptable investment’ criteria.

Broadly speaking, acceptable investments can be:

  • Equity in NZ firms, public or private. An equity investment can be active or passive and direct or via managed funds (only the proportion of the Fund that is invested in NZ is counted as acceptable).
  • Bonds, issued by the NZ Government, NZ local authorities or approved NZ banks, finance companies or firms.
  • New residential property development that is not for the investor’s personal use and designed to make a commercial return on the open market.

Generally, to be considered acceptable an investment must:

  • Be capable of a commercial return under normal circumstances.
  • Be invested in New Zealand in New Zealand currency.
  • Have the potential to contribute to New Zealand’s economy.
  • Not be for the personal use of the investor.

This is just an overview, and there are other conditions that apply.

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Page last updated: 31/08/2016

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