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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.

An investor visa NZ allows its holder to invest in New Zealand and get residence in New Zealand. However, not every investment you make within the boundaries of NZ is eligible for an investor visa.

There are two NZ Investor Visa categories:

Investor 1 Investor 2
minimum investment of NZ$10 million for three years minimum investment of NZ$3 million for a time of four years
no maximum age maximum age 65
no English language requirement English language is a must
No annual quota required Minimum 3 years business experience is required

Investor 1 category requires you to be in NZ for 44 days in each of the last two years of a three-year investment period or 88 days over the three-year investment period.

Investor 2 category l requires you to be in NZ for 146 days in each of the last three years of a four-year investment period or 438 days in NZ over the four-year investment period. Also, you will need to meet the English language requirements.

With either category, you are given 12 months to transfer your investment funds in an acceptable investment in New Zealand. Also, both the categories allow you to include your partner, and dependent children aged 24 and under, in your visa application.

Acceptable investments options NZ -

Five types of investments are accepted –

  1. New Zealand Companies owned by overseas companies

The investment must be in the form of equity in the New Zealand company.

  1. Residential Property

It has to be a new development and not a renovation or extension of an existing one.
Purchasing an existing residential property for rental purposes is not an acceptable investment.

  1. Commercial Property

Investment in commercial property cannot be used for residential or domestic use. You, your family or anyone associated with you cannot live in the development.

  1. Philanthropic investment

They make up 15% of the acceptable investments.

  1. Growth investments

They are acceptable investments except for bonds and philanthropic investments.

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 contact@nzimmigration.info 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.

Read additional information regarding acceptable investment evidence: Click Here

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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