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Investor Visa Information.

Here we share some general information about Investor Visa policy. This does not replace or constitute immigration advice from a licensed immigration adviser.

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Investor Categories.

The government actively seeks to attract successful entrepreneurs, business people and investors who are willing to make investments into the New Zealand economy. There are two categories to apply under, each with different levels of investment and complexity.

Contact our specialist Investor team for a free no-obligation assessment to establish if you will qualify under Investor.

Investor Plus.

The applicant must:

  • Have $10 million to invest in NZ.

  • Prove investment $ lawfully earned.

  • Be of good health and character.

  • Hold investment in NZ for 3 years.

On success, must spend at least 44 days in New Zealand in years 2 and 3 of the investment period or in certain cases spread 88 days over the entire 3-year investment term.

Investor Two*.

*Governed by a "quota"

The applicant must:

  • Be under 66 years of age.

  • Speak English to a basic standard.

  • Be of good health and character.

  • Prove 3 years of business experience.

  • Show net worth of NZ$3m or more (but read notes below)

  • Have NZ$3m to invest in NZ.

  • Prove investment $ lawfully earned.

  • Hold Investment in NZ for 4 years.

What Are The Conditions?

On success, Investor Two applicants must spend at least 146 days in NZ in each of years 2, 3 and 4 of the investment period or, in certain cases, spread 438 days over the entire 4-year investment term. Application is a two-step process. A preliminary "Expression of Interest" (EOI) by the applicant is followed by an "Invitation to Apply" (ITA) from Immigration New Zealand to lodge a residence application.

Note 1. $3 million is a minimum. Whether the "Expression of Interest" (EOI) leads to an "Invitation to Apply" (ITA) will depend on how many applicants, and at what investment level, are competing for a place in the limited "quota" at that time.

Note 2. Be careful of advisers or lawyers that tell you about the $3 million but fail to advise you on how much is really needed in order to guarantee success (depending on the quota from time to time).

Useful Information

The Malcolm Pacific Immigration team of advisers and experts take away the stress and worry of navigating the complex world of New Zealand Investor policy, visas and immigration. Contact our specialist Investor Visa Team for answers to your questions and find out if you are eligible to apply.

Investment Minimum Standards.

There is a wide range of options available in the New Zealand economy to meet the specific investment obligations of the Investor Visa.

At a minimum, your New Zealand investment must:

  • Be capable of a commercial return (under normal circumstances).

  • Not for your personal use*.

  • Invested in New Zealand in New Zealand dollars.

  • Invested in lawful enterprises or managed funds that comply with all relevant New Zealand laws.

  • Has potential to contribute to the New Zealand economy.

*Personal use includes investments in personal residence, car, boat etc.

What Are Acceptable Immigration Investments?

Funds may be invested in one or more of the following:

  • Bonds issued by the New Zealand government or local authorities (city councils); or

  • Bonds issued by New Zealand firms traded on the New Zealand Debt Securities Market (NZDX); or

  • Bonds issued by New Zealand firms with at least a BBB- or equivalent rating from internationally recognised credit rating agencies (such as Standard and Poor’s for example); or

  • Bonds issued by registered New Zealand banks; or

  • Equities in registered New Zealand banks; or

  • Bonds in finance companies**; or

  • Equity in New Zealand firms (public or private including managed funds and venture capital); or

  • Residential property development**; or

  • Commercial property**; or

  • Eligible New Zealand venture capital funds; or

  • Philanthropic investment**; or

  • “Angel funds or networks” investments.

**Special conditions apply. Take advice.

Investment Visa Overview.

The intention is clear: persons of good health and character who are prepared to invest in NZ are to be encouraged. The normal obligation to reside in New Zealand for at least 184 days in each of 2 consecutive years in order to achieve Permanent Resident status is relaxed, as are English language requirements. In the case of Investor Plus, there is no English requirement at all.

The New Zealand Government will want to know that you made your money legally, that it is fully tax-paid and that you brought it into New Zealand through the official banking system. There will also be a few simple limitations on how you can invest it.

The purpose of these restrictions is to ensure that New Zealand Immigration policy is not associated with money laundering or tax evasion. Despite the apparent simplicity of that objective, you will need skilled help to make the procedures user-friendly.

Investor Policy Failure Rate.

Investor policies have a very high failure rate. This high failure rate is despite many applicants having the assistance of licensed advisers or lawyers.

Failure usually relates to an inability to prove claims made in the Expression of Interest or residence application, particularly proof that the funds being offered for investment in New Zealand were lawfully earned (including tax paid) in the first place.

These failed applicants are not all bad people! The problem is with advisers and lawyers who impress their clients and gain their trust but do not have the skills to understand or manage this very specialized area of policy.

General Comments.

Malcolm Pacific Immigration has one of the most skilled Investor Visa teams in the business. Our Investor Visa team regularly travels overseas with major New Zealand banks, investment advisers, tax experts and New Zealand Government officials to meet with and advise high net worth individuals planning on moving to New Zealand.

Contact our specialist Investor Visa Team for answers to your questions and find out if you are eligible to apply.

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The Green List

From September 2022 people holding job offers in a small number of occupations may apply for residence. Some occupations are a direct pathway to residence and others require a period of two years or longer before applying.

There are qualification and/or occupational registration requirements to meet. Establishing if an overseas qualification matches the NZ equivalent qualification before applying is paramount for success.

Read more here.

16 May 22

Work Visa Categories Closing

The work visa categories set to close are:

  • Essential Skills Work Visa
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  • Work to Residence (Long Term Skills Shortage)
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Policy Decision Key Dates in 2022

  • February 13. Fully vaccinated Kiwis plus certain other travellers entering NZ from the rest of the world* can skip MIQ.
  • April 30. The border starts a phased reopen to fully vaccinated foreign nationals.
  • April 30. The Productivity Commission reports back to the government on immigration settings.
  • May 9. Applications open for mandatory Employer Accreditation.

*Excludes high-risk countries.

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