Investor visas

Our Investor business migration visas are for investors who want to gain residence in New Zealand.

The Investor Visa (Investor 2 Category) is an option if you plan to invest a minimum of NZ$1.5 million over a four year period. If you’re looking to invest $NZ10 million or more then the Investor Plus Visa (Investor 1 Category) could be a better option. Below are the main differences between these two options.

Criteria for approval

You'll need to provide verifiable evidence that you meet the following criteria: 

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  Investor Plus Investor
Minimum investment funds NZ$ 10 million invested in NZ for three years NZ$ 1.5 million invested in NZ for four years
Business experience requirement No requirement Minimum three years
Maximum age No requirement 65 or younger
Settlement funds No requirement NZ$ 1 million (transfer not required)
Principal applicant's English language ability No requirement
  • English speaking background or;
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test score 3+ or;
  • Competent user of English
Family member's English language ability No requirement Same as principal applicant or pre-purchase ESOL tuition
Minimum time in NZ 44 days in NZ in each of the last two years of the three-year investment period 146 days in NZ in each of the last three years of the four-year investment period
Health and character All applicants must meet requirements

Investment funds

You can nominate a mix of funds and/or assets to invest. They must be equivalent to at least NZ$1.5 million for Investor or NZ$10 million for Investor Plus, though you may nominate more, depending on the points claimed in your Expression of Interest (EOI). 

You’ll need to provide evidence showing that your investment and settlement funds and/or assets are owned by you or jointly by you and your partner and/or dependent children.

You’ll also need to provide evidence showing that your intended investment funds:

  • are unencumbered, i.e. not subject to any mortgage, lien, charge and/or encumbrance (whether equitable or otherwise) or any other creditor claims
  • have been earned or acquired legally
  • are transferable through the banking system or through a foreign exchange company that uses the banking system (Immigration New Zealand will not be able to approve your application if you are unable to transfer funds to New Zealand through the banking system).

If you're applying under the Investor Category you'll also need to own settlement funds and/or assets of at least NZ$1 million.

If your residence is approved in principle

With either category you’ll have 12 months to transfer your investment funds in an acceptable investment in New Zealand. You’ll need to provide verifiable documents to show that the funds you transfer to New Zealand came from the funds and/or assets that you nominate.

You can apply to have this timeframe extended and you can also apply for a work visa so you can travel to New Zealand to look into investment opportunities.

Acceptable Investments

After residence is approved

For the Investor Plus Category you’ll need to keep your investment funds in an acceptable investment for three years. You’ll also have to spend at least 44 days in New Zealand each year in years two and three of your three-year investment period.

For the Investor Category you’ll need to keep your investment funds in an acceptable investment for four years. You will also have to spend at least 146 days each year in New Zealand in years two, three and four of your four-year investment period.

Invest in New Zealand

You can nominate a mix of funds and/or assets to invest.

Find out more and apply

Investor plus

If you think you meet the requirements, find out more and how to apply on the Immigration New Zealand website.

For personal help about your Investor Plus application, contact a Business Migration Branch Client Manager by emailing investors@mbie.govt.nz.

Investor 1 category | Immigration New Zealand

Investor

The first step in the Investor (Investor 2 Category) application is to submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) form.

If you think you meet the requirements, find out how to apply.

Investor 2 category | Immigration New Zealand

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Page last updated: 31/08/2016

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