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Investment Options in New Zealand

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Investment Options in New Zealand

The New Zealand Government welcomes investors and entrepreneurs with capital, experience and international connections. If you have business acumen, skill and capital, then New Zealand offers a variety of visa options for investment opportunities in NZ.

  • Global Impact Visa (GIV)
  • Entrepreneur Visa
  • Investor Visas

Impact of COVID-19

The Covid-19 pandemic has caused a lot of disruption worldwide. Processing of temporary visa applications from outside New Zealand or a quarantine-free travel zone is currently suspended due to stringent border restrictions unless you are exempt.

However, earlier in the year, Immigration New Zealand (INZ) confirmed that timeframes for lodgement processing and customer service expectations would remain the same including priority processing of Investment Visa under Investor 1 and 2 categories and all Business Migration applications.

However, immigration officials are still promoting ‘investor interest in New Zealand’ so that high-value investors who want to invest in New Zealand can immediately enter the country once the borders open. Border and Visa Operations General Manager of INZ has confirmed that Investor Visa for New Zealand applications are processed to the point of decision to enable this.

This visa is for experienced business people interested in being self-employed in their own business.

People usually start out on an Entrepreneur Work visa which allows you to move to New Zealand and buy or establish a business. After either six months or two years you can apply for residence under the Entrepreneur Residence Category.

Entrepreneur Work Visa

This is a three-year work visa divided into 2 stages –

The start-up stage – You will initially be given a 12-month work visa, which allows you to buy or establish your business in New Zealand.

The balance stage –One you have taken the steps to set up your business, the remaining 24 months of the visa is granted.


  • minimum capital investment of NZ$100,000 (excluding working capital)
  • 120 points or more, with points awarded for factors about the likely success of the business and its value to New Zealand
  • clear business plan
  • clean recent history of bankruptcy, business failure and fraud
  • health, character and English language requirements.

Entrepreneur Residence Category

The visa allows you to live in New Zealand permanently if you have established a high growth and innovative business with export potential in New Zealand.

Partners and dependent children can be given work or student visas. They can also be included in the Entrepreneur Residence Visa application.

New Zealand offers an incredible balance of business and lifestyle. This makes it the perfect place to invest and live. The objective of the Active Investor Plus Visa NZ is to attract skilled investors to help build internationally successful New Zealand businesses and contribute significantly to the economy.

Eligibility Criteria for the Active Investor Plus Visa NZ:

  • You must have at least NZD 15 million or weighted equivalent in available funds or assets.
  • You must meet the English language requirements
  • You must be able to show ownership of the funds and that they are legally acquired
  • Other immigration requirements must also be met.

Once the investor plus business category visa application is Approved in Principle-

  • You will be allowed 6 months to transfer & invest your funds in New Zealand.
  • You can come to New Zealand on a work visa and arrange for the transfer & investment of funds.
  • Your partner and dependent children can accompany you by applying for a Visitor Visa and Student Visa respectively.

Benefits of the Active Investor Plus Visa

  • The New Zealand Active Investor Plus Visa enables you to live, work & invest in New Zealand.
  • Your partner and dependent children aged 24 years & below can be included in your visa application
  • This visa allows you to stay in New Zealand indefinitely
  • After 4 years of keeping your funds in New Zealand, you can apply for permanent residence

To find out how to apply for a visa under this category - get in touch with us at [email protected] or call on +64 09 3790219.

If you would like to know more about the appropriate visa category for investing in New Zealand including the process, assessment criteria and the pitfalls that you should be aware of, please contact Immigration Advisers New Zealand Ltd at [email protected] or call on +64 09 3790219. Our experienced team of licensed immigration advisers will be happy to guide you.


New Zealand is a desirable country to invest in because of its strong and stable political structure, innovative spirit, business-friendliness, and unrivalled quality of life. Investing in New Zealand is an intelligent business decision. And a lifestyle to complement.

For ease of conducting business, New Zealand tops the global rankings. New Zealand offers a secure environment where you may put your money to work.  They have clear, evidence-based laws, a straightforward, low-rate broad-based tax system, and robust investor safeguards.

People who have the potential to make a positive contribution to New Zealand's economy are eligible to apply for Business and Investment Visas. You can accomplish this goal by making an investment in a New Zealand company or in the government; alternatively, if you have sufficient prior business experience, you can accomplish this goal by purchasing or establishing your own business in New Zealand.

When you apply for permanent residency in New Zealand, you are required to demonstrate that you have the intention of remaining here permanently.  You have at least one million New Zealand dollars (NZ$1,000,000) invested in New Zealand, and this investment has been there for at least two years.

Documents from the bank, property deeds and reports, documentation pertaining to ownership of the company, and valuation reports and share certificates are some examples of acceptable evidence of the worth and ownership of monies and/or assets.

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A well-educated and adaptable workforce, possibilities for business and investment in both established and emerging industries, and a government that actively supports growth and innovation through a variety of company- and immigrant-friendly laws are all present in New Zealand.

The various options to invest in New Zealand are:

  1. Being an angel investor
  2. Buying commercial property
  3. Starting a business
  4. Buying a business
  5. Buying bonds
  6. Buying shares

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