Investment Immigration

New Zealand allows those who would like to invest in the country to obtain residence. Immigration New Zealand offers two types of resident visas: Investor 1 or 2 resident Visa. You must meet the criteria and your funds must be invested into an acceptable investment.

An acceptable investment means an investment that:

  • Be capable of a commercial return under normal circumstances.
  • Be invested in New Zealand in New Zealand currency.
  • Have the potential to contribute to New Zealand’s economy.
  • Not be for the personal use of the investor, and
  • Investments must be in bonds, equities, property or other investments, either one or more of the following:
    • Bonds can be:
      • issued by the New Zealand Government or local authorities
      • issued by New Zealand firms traded on the New Zealand Debt Securities Market (NZDX)
      • issued by New Zealand firms with at least a BBB- or equivalent rating from an internationally recognised credit rating agency, for example, Standard and Poor’s
      • issued by New Zealand registered banks
      • in finance companies.
    • Equity can be:
      • in New Zealand firms — these can be public or private
      • in New Zealand registered banks
      • eligible New Zealand venture capital funds.
    • Property can be:
      • residential property development
      • commercial property.
    • Other investments can be:
      • philanthropic investment
      • angel funds or networks’ investments.

What are growth investments?

Growth investments are all ‘acceptable investments’ as defined in immigration instructions except for:

  • Investment in bonds, and
  • Philanthropic investment

Benefits for investing a minimum 25% of funds in growth investments will include:

  • For Investor 1:
    • Providing flexibility with the time required in New Zealand by allowing them to spend 88 days over three years (rather than requiring 44 days in each of years two and three)
  • For Investor 2:
    • Adding 20 bonus points
    • Providing flexibility with the time required in New Zealand by allowing them to spend 438 days over four years (rather than requiring 146 days in each of years two, three and four)
    • Immigration New Zealand will also ‘prioritise’ Investor 2 migrants.

Recommended Investment

  • Property Development Fund: CFML Mortgage Fund (4.47% p.a. return for the quarter ended 31 March 2020)

Advantages of New Zealand Investor Immigration:

For Investor 1: 

  • Fast Processing Time (only 3 months)
  • PR can enjoy the medical, education and social welfare as citizens
  • Flexible investment in stock, bond or residential property development project with low investment risk
  • Investment term at 3 years, much shorter than Singapore (investment for 5 years)
  • Short minimum time in New Zealand
  • They will get permanent residence, not necessary to renew the visas for every 5 years like Australia or Canada

For Investor 2:

  • Fast Processing Time (only 6-12 months)
  • PR can enjoy the medical, education and social welfare as citizens
  • Flexible investment in stock, bond or residential property development project with low investment risk
  • Investment term at 4 years, shorter than Singapore (Investment for 5 years)
  • Short minimum time in New Zealand
  • They will get permanent residence, not necessary to renew the visas for every 5 years like Australia or Canada

Application Process

For Investor 1

For Investor 2

Please contact us if you need more information regarding Investment Category Residence Visa or if you need assistance with your application.