New Zealand Investor Visas
Do you want to get an investment-based visa for New Zealand?
New Zealand provides ample opportunities for investors to settle or spend substantial time in the country so they can enjoy the safety, family-friendliness, fun and beauty the country has to offer.
New Zealand wants investors with the right experience, capital and global connections. Immigration New Zealand offers multiple New Zealand Investor Visas for people willing to invest in the country. You can choose between various resident and temporary visitor (Temporary Retirement Visitor Visa) investment visas based on the amount and length of the investment.
What is the Length of a Temporary Retirement Visitor Visa?
A Temporary Retirement visa is an investor-based visa that allows you to stay in the country longer than a standard New Zealand Visitor Visa.
On a Temporary Retirement Visitor Visa, you can:
- Stay in New Zealand for up to 2 years
- Enter the exit the country any number of times in the 2 year period
- Study for 3 months in a 12-month period
- Add your partner to the visa application
You are not allowed to do the following on a temporary Retirement Visa:
- You cannot bring your dependent children to New Zealand
- You are not allowed to work on this visa
What are the Criteria for a Temporary Retirement Visitor Visa?
Here are the criteria that you need to satisfy for a Temporary Retirement Visitor Visa. You must:
- Be more than 66 years of age
- Invest NZ$ 750,000 or more for 2 years in “acceptable investments” in New Zealand – you cannot source this money from borrowed funds or have a bond or loan against this money.
- Have earned this money lawfully
- Make at least NZ$ 60,000 per year – this can be your income or combined with the partner included in the visa application
- Have NZ$ 500,000 on top of your investment and income, to sustain yourself during the stay
- Prove your identity
- Provide evidence of good health and character as per the rules laid down by Immigration New Zealand
- Maintain proper travel and medical insurance for the entire term of your stay
This is not the complete list and Immigration New Zealand is very particular about the kind of evidence that is acceptable for financial parts of the application. Do not risk the rejection of your investment-based visitor visa. Work with our experienced immigration team to create a foolproof Temporary Retirement Visitor Visa application. Book a 100% free consultation now.
How Can You Qualify for a Resident Investor Visa to New Zealand?
If you have more than 3 years of business experience and can nominate at least NZ$ 3 million for acceptable investment in New Zealand, you may apply for residence in New Zealand under this investment-based visa category, also called Investor 2 Resident Visa.
Note that this is a points-based system where you are awarded for your years of business experience, amount of investment funds you are willing to commit, English speaking background or English language test score, age and putting NZ$ 750,000 towards growth investments.
There is a limit of 400 New Zealand Resident Investor Visas per year, and the process begins by you sending an Expression of Interest (EOI) to Immigration New Zealand. You must include evidence of your business experience and investment funds you want to commit. You will be invited by Immigration New Zealand to apply for residence in New Zealand If your EOI is accepted.
What Conditions are Imposed on a New Zealand Investor 2 Resident Visa?
Besides the qualification requirements, here are some other conditions imposed on an Investor 2 Resident Visa:
- You must be less than 65 years of age
- You must stay for at least 146 days during each of the last 3 years of your 4-year investment period, or at least 438 days over the 4-year investment period – note that this varies based on the structure of your investments.
- You must submit evidence of your investments at the end of your 2nd and 4th years. You get 3 months to file the paperwork and can transfer funds between any acceptable forms of investment.
A New Zealand Resident Investor Visa allows you to:
- Work for any New Zealand employer in any occupation
- Study in New Zealand
- Enter and exit New Zealand any number of times in the first 2 years. You will need to apply for variations of conditions to travel during the last 2 years
- Add your partner and dependent children (under 24 years of age) to your resident visa application
- Apply for residency for yourself and everyone on your application after you have met the terms of your 4-year Resident Investor Visa
NZ immigration Help has been helping its clients work through the complexities of the New Zealand Resident Investor Visa for many years. Book a 100% free consultation with us to discuss your situation. We can help you avoid any pitfalls in your visa application process.
Do You Qualify for a New Zealand Investor Plus Resident Visa?
If you can invest NZ$ 10 million in New Zealand for 3 years, Investor Plus Resident Visa is your best option. This is also called an Investor 1 Resident Visa. The visa approval process for the Investor 1 Resident category is easier compared to the Investor 2 Resident Visa.
Here are the advantages of having an Investor 1 Resident Visa on top of what you get with an Investor 2 Resident Visa; you can:
- Apply for residency for yourself and everyone on your application after you have met the terms of your 3-year Investor Plus Resident Investor Visa
- You may not have to pay any customs duty to bring your boat, car and other household items to New Zealand
You must stay for at least 44 days during each of the last 2 years of your 3-year investment period, or at least 88 days over the 3-year investment period – note that this varies based on the structure of your investments.
You must submit evidence of your investments at the end of 2nd and 3rd years. You have 3 months to provide the proof and can transfer funds between any acceptable forms of investment.
The Investor Plus Resident Visa is the easiest to acquire among all forms of New Zealand Investor-based Visas. However, the conditions placed on things like “acceptable forms of investment” and “stay requirements” make it critical that you work with an immigration expert to help you through the complicated resident visa application process. Book a 100% free consultation with our Auckland based team of immigration experts to guide you.
What is the Processing Time for New Zealand Investor Visas?
Immigration New Zealand typically takes up to 24 days for the Temporary Retirement Visitor Visa, but the time frame for Resident Investor Visas can be as high as 30 months.
Our immigration experts have been helping clients obtain New Zealand Investor Visas quickly for many years. Book a 100% free consultation today to start your application process.
How Much Does it Cost to Obtain a New Zealand Investor Visa?
We are a team of licensed immigration experts dedicated to helping our clients obtain New Zealand Investor Visas at the lowest prices. NZ Immigration Help works closely with you to provide the most cost-effective solution for your visa application’s success.