Investing and doing business in New Zealand
New Zealand's business migration categories
are designed to contribute to economic growth, attracting 'smart' capital
and business expertise to New Zealand, and enabling experienced business
people to buy or establish businesses in New Zealand.
People wishing to invest funds in a business
and live in New Zealand can apply for residence under our Investor/Investor
Plus categories, or apply for a visitor visa valid for up to two years
under our Temporary Retirement Category.
Migrant Investment categories
Our Migrant Investment categories are for
investors who want to gain residence in New Zealand.
There are two categories: Investor Plus (Investor 1 Category), and Investor
(Investor 2 Category). Compare the basic criteria below:
||65 or younger
||Minimum of three years
||NZ$10 million invested in New Zealand for three years
||NZ$1.5 million invested in New Zealand for four years
||NZ$1 million (transfer not required)
- an English speaking background, or
|Principal applicant's English language
||- an International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
test report with an overall band score of three or more, or
|Family member's English language
||- a competent user of English
Same as principal applicant or pre-purchase ESOL tuition
|Minimum time in New Zealand
||44 days in New Zealand in each of the last two years
of the three-year investment period.
||146 days in New Zealand in each of the last three years
of the four-year investment period.
|Health and character
||Applicants under both categories must meet health and
Temporary Retirement Category requirements
All applicants - you and your partner (if
applicable) - must meet our health and character requirements. The other
requirements are set out below.
You (the principal applicant) must be aged
66 or over.
Travel and/or health insurance
You will need to hold comprehensive travel
and/or health insurance for the duration of your stay.
Investment funds and/or assets
You must nominate investment funds and/or
assets equivalent to at least NZ$0.75 million and undertake to invest
them in New Zealand for a period of two years.
You must also nominate NZ$0.5 million for maintenance funds, and be able
to show an annual income of NZ$60,000 at the time of your application.
You will need to be able to provide evidence showing that your investment
and maintenance funds and/or assets are owned by you or jointly by you
and your partner.
You will also need to be able to provide evidence showing that your intended
- Are unencumbered, ie not subject
to any mortgage, lien, charge and/or encumbrance (whether equitable
or otherwise) or any other creditor claims
- Have been earned or acquired legally
- Are transferable through the banking
system (we will not be able to approve your application if you are unable
to transfer funds to New Zealand through the banking system)
You will need to be able to provide verifiable
documents to show that the funds you transfer to New Zealand came from
your nominated funds and/or assets. You will need to place your investment
funds in an acceptable investment(s) in New Zealand.
After your application is approved
If your application is approved you (the principal
applicant) must to retain your investment funds in an acceptable investment(s)
for two years.
Experienced business people wishing to purchase
or establish a business in New Zealand can apply for a work visa under
our Long Term Business Visa Category and then apply for residence under
the Entrepreneur/Entrepreneur Plus categories.
Employees of a relocating business
If you are a key employee in a business that
is relocating to New Zealand, you may be eligible to apply for residence
under the Employees of Relocating Business Category. This category facilitates
the granting of residence to employees of businesses relocating to New
Zealand, who do not qualify for residence under any existing categories.