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New Active Investor Plus Visa

New Active Investor Plus Visa

To bring experienced & skilled high-value investors to New Zealand, the Government has created a new Active Investor Plus Visa category which opened for applicants on 19 September 2022.

The previous Investor 1 and Investor 2 visa categories, which closed in July 2022, have now been replaced by this new visa category.

More information about the Active Investor Plus Visa can be found here.

Applying for the New Active Investor Plus visa

Anyone wanting to apply for this new visa category must fill out the online form available on the Immigration New Zealand (INZ) website.

Weighting system for acceptable direct investments

INZ will assess whether investors are meeting their visa requirements and make decisions on applications. New Zealand Trade and Enterprise (NZTE) will advise which investments are acceptable. They will also provide support to these investors.

To encourage direct investments and attract active investor migrants who will boost the country’s economy, the Active Investor Plus visa category will incentivise direct investment in New Zealand firms through a weighting system.

Acceptable investments carry different weightings toward the NZD 15 million investment threshold. You can invest in a combination of these. Direct investments into a private business will receive the highest weighting (3x). You could meet the required investment amount by investing NZD 5 million into direct investment.

If INZ approves your visa application in principle, you will have 6 months to transfer and invest your funds in New Zealand.

Other Changes

  • The new investment visa will enable people to invest over three years. They will have to maintain the investments until the end of the fourth year. Also, they will need to spend at least 117 days in New Zealand during those 4 years.
  • There will be a cap on listed entities, thus limiting the scope for passive investments.
  • Active Investor Plus visa holders will need to have a moderate level of English language skills – IELTS 5 or equivalent

Get in touch with Immigration Advisors New Zealand Ltd, which provides up-to-date immigration information so you can consider opportunities and prepare yourself for the future. To know all the required procedures, contact us at [email protected] or call +64 09 3790219.

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