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Investor News and Selections

Selections of Expressions of Interest - Investor 2 category

The Migrant Investment Category, Investor (Investor 2 category) Expression of Interest (EOI) selection took place on Thursday, 31 January 2019.

11 EOIs were selected from the EOI pool which claimed between 33 and 120 points.  

Thursday, 31 January 2019


The Migrant Investment Category, Investor (Investor 2 category) Expression of Interest (EOI) selection took place on Thursday, 17 January 2019.

5 EOIs were selected from the EOI pool which claimed between 33 and 78 points.  

Thursday, 17 January 2019


The Migrant Investment Category, Investor (Investor 2 category) Expression of Interest (EOI) selection took place on Thursday, 13 December 2018.

9 EOIs were selected from the EOI pool which claimed between 33 and 77 points.  

Thursday, 13 December 2018


The Migrant Investment Category, Investor (Investor 2 category) Expression of Interest (EOI) selection took place on Thursday, 29 November 2018.

9 EOIs were selected from the EOI pool which claimed between 25 and 110 points.  

Thursday, 29 November 2018



The Migrant Investment Category, Investor (Investor 2 category) Expression of Interest (EOI) selection took place on Thursday, 15 November 2018.

6 EOIs were selected from the EOI pool which claimed between 33 and 74 points.  

Thursday, 15 November 2018


The Migrant Investment Category, Investor (Investor 2 category) Expression of Interest (EOI) selection took place on Thursday, 1 November 2018.

9 EOIs were selected from the EOI pool which claimed between 25 and 100 points.  

Thursday, 1 November 2018


A selection of Expressions of Interest (EOI) under the Migrant Investment Category, Investor (Investor 2 category), took place on Thursday 18 October 2018.

8 EOIs were selected from the EOI pool which claimed between 33 and 80 points.

Thursday, 18 October 2018


Email Dr Carsten Hallwass to find out more. 

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Dr Carsten Hallwass attended a Business Migration Seminar in Wellington on 14 February 2018 by Immigration New Zealand.

Immigration New Zealand informed about trends and statistics in the Investor and Entrepreneur categories. Investor applicants come mainly from the following countries:

- China 31%

- USA 12%

- UK 8 %

- Germany 7%.

INZ advised that the processing times have been dramatically reduced from previously up to 36 weeks down to 2-4 weeks at the moment. 

If you consider lodging an investor application - now would be a good time!


Entrepreneur Work Visa application has a decline rate of approximately 80%. If you are an entrepreneur talk to us for an evaluation of your chances. 


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Find out more about the Investor policy changes 2017


Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Recent changes to the Investor 2 Category allow people with applications or invitations to apply to choose whether they want to be assessed under the current or the previous version of the policy.

The Investor Categories changed on 22 May 2017 to put in place incentives for applicants to invest more of their funds in growth investments.

Changes have just been made to allow Investor 2 applicants and people who were invited to apply under the previous policy to choose whether they would like to be assessed under the version of the policy from before 22 May or the current version. 

The advantage of being assessed under the current version of the policy is that visas can be granted with conditions allowing a greater degree of flexibility with regards to the time the person is required to spend in New Zealand, provided they invest a minimum of $750,000 in growth investments. 

However, the current version of the policy requires a minimum investment of $3 million, compared with the previous minimum investment of $1.5 million.



What are the changes announced for New Zealand's Investor 2 Category?

The Minister of Immigration has announced far-reaching changes to the Investor 2 Category to take effect from May 2017.

If you are planning to apply for residence in New Zealand under the Investor Categories in the near future please contact Dr Carsten Hallwass to discuss your best way forward and develop your personal strategy.


The following changes took place in May 2017:

1. The changes are aimed at encouraging investors to invest in growth investments and delivering greater economic benefits for New Zealand and include:
- Increasing the minimum investment funds required from $1.5 million to $3 million
- Removing the need for $1million to be held for ‘settlement’ funds
- Adding 20 bonus points for investing a minimum of 25% of funds in growth investments
- Increasing the annual cap of approved Investor 2 migrants from 300 to 400.
- Adjusting points for age, business experience and English language.
- Providing flexibility with the time required in New Zealand if migrants invest 25% of their funds in ‘growth’ investments by allowing them to spend 438 days over four years (rather than requiring 146 days in each of years two, three and four.
- Allowing up to 15% of investment funds to be made in acceptable philanthropic investments
2. Immigration New Zealand will  ‘prioritise’ Investor 2 migrants who intend to place 25 per cent or more of their funds in growth investments.
3. There is no change to the minimum points required to submit an Expression of Interest.  The key changes to the points that can be claimed are:
- Reward applicants with a higher level of English competency (with additional points for IELTS scores above level 5),
- Streamline the points for age
- Increase points awarded for more business experience.
- Award 20 bonus points for investing a minimum of 25% of funds in growth investments.
4. Growth investments are all ‘acceptable investments’ as defined in immigration instructions except for:
 -Investment in bonds, and
- Philanthropic investment
For managed funds, Business Migration Branch will look at what types of investments are managed in the fund to determine the proportion of growth investment.  For example, a fund which places half of its funds into bonds and the other half into shares would be recognised as having a 50% investment in growth-orientated funds.
5. Philanthropic investments can now make up 15% of acceptable investments.  Investors are able to donate to any area.  The policy will recognise donations to the following types of organisations:
- Registered charities: with a track record (ie. They have provided annual returns of at least two years) and with IRD donee status.
- Not for profit organisations: providing social, cultural or economic benefits for NZ, and as approved by the Immigration Operations Manager.

What if I’ve already applied under the Investor 2 category at the time the policy comes in?

Investor 2 applicants will have the option to withdraw and re lodge their application under the new policy. Those who take up the offer will have the fee waived on their subsequent application and will retain the same place in the processing queue.
Each applicant will need to carefully consider whether the new or the old policy is best for them.
Details of the policy (the immigration instructions) are being worked out currently. The new policy is likely to be approved by the Minister of Immigration by the end of March 2017.

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Investing for people, investing for growth

Wellington: Smart Capital by Celia Wade-Brown, Mayor of Wellington

"Wellington is a creative and smart Capital and we’re committed to making our city more attractive to live, work, play, study and invest in. For the next decade and beyond, our Long Term Plan will accelerate growth and jobs in our socially and environmentally sustainable city; deliver projects to improve transport choices, inject real economic progress and keep Wellington a wonderful, diverse place to live.

With our thriving tourism sector and increasing economic confidence, Wellington’s a smart choice to invest in. As a Smart City we collaborate with businesses and our communities, using new technologies and open real-time data to make the city safer and more liveable.

Investing in good transport choices, we’ve allocated millions with the central government for a network of cycleways, safer walking routes for children, and we’ll implement high-frequency, low emission-quality public transport. In the compact Capital, you can walk from meeting to meeting with ease – and get good coffee.

The proposed airport runway extension will substantially increase Wellington’s economic growth, enabling aircraft to fly direct from Asia and North America, connecting us with the markets that provide significant opportunities in education, productivity and innovation.

We host world-class events which attract people to the city, including WOWTM, the NZ Festival, Fringe, Cuba Dupa, the Sevens, Wellington on a Plate, Matariki and many more. We’re rejuvenating our public spaces with exciting projects such as the Victoria Street transformation and laneway revitalisation. We’re harnessing the best of Wellington for a cleaner, smarter future, including our wind – generating over 200MW of wind energy to help reduce the Capital’s emissions.

We’re proud to support businesses working for good and we believe in the opportunities of a cleaner, greener future.

The Wellington City Council strives to make living, studying and investing in Wellington a great choice."

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Wellington City Council recently passed a multi-billion dollar, 10-year, no-cuts, no-service- reductions plan; a plan focused on people and growth. 

Building on success In the past 10 years, the Council has invested in city infrastructure and services for the community. While the key spending priority has been on infrastructure, there have been big increases in spending on community sport and recreation facilities, tourism promotion and events. In the coming years, we are continuing to focus on strong, resilient infrastructure, but we will also invest for economic growth by establishing a programme of major projects and working in partnership with the private sector, the Government and others in the region.

By focusing on investment in this way, we can:

• Retain our high quality of life and excellent services.

• Achieve a real transformation of Wellington’s economy, create opportunities for future investment, jobs for our people and improved quality of life.

Investing for growth

Though Wellington offers outstanding quality of life, its economy has considerable untapped potential.
A stronger economy means jobs, prosperity and more opportunities for all Wellington residents.

Growing the city’s economy is about:

• Making all residents more prosperous, so they can reach their potential and live enjoyable and fulfilling lives.

• Attracting new skilled migrants to live, work and establish businesses in the city.

• Providing a wider range of opportunities so residents have a choice of jobs, creative or business opportunities.

• Providing more entertainment and leisure opportunities and a wider range of attractions.

• Releasing capital to invest in a higher quality of life for all, a stronger environment and increasing the city’s capital value. A bigger rating base means the costs of rates are spread across more people, making them more affordable.

September 2015

New Zealand's economy bounced back in the second quarter.

After one-off factors dented growth in the first three months of 2015,  the recovery masks weaker underlying growth, reflecting the impact of low dairy prices, falling business investment and subdued trading partner demand.

The gross domestic product grew 0.6 per cent in the second quarter, according to a Reuters survey of forecasts ahead of Thursday's release of the official measure by Statistics New Zealand. That is triple the pace of the first quarter when drought curbed milk production in the South Island and mining output was affected by a shutdown of the Tui field off the Taranaki coast to connect the Pateke-4H well.

Monday, Sep 14, 2015

Excerpt from a recently published KPMG analysis:

The reality is, we rely on foreign capital to fund our way of living. New Zealand simply couldn't function as the first world country we are accustomed to, without it. 

But that doesn't mean we shouldn't be smarter about the kind of investment we are encouraging in this country.

While the issues around foreign investment are far from simple, there is good cause for targeting a simple goal.

Let's ensure we are attracting the kind of investment that creates new wealth and new jobs and helps diversify New Zealand's economy. 

New Zealand is a great place to live, with fantastic economic prospects and can, therefore, afford to be more prescriptive about the way it requires migrants to invest when they settle here.

KPMG's analysis points out that the existing migrant investor regime has attracted nearly $4 billion in just six years.

But it finds that some 80 per cent of the investment is going into safe, passive places like government bonds.

Canada and Australia already have requirements for a percentage of new migrant investment to be placed in risk category investments - like growth funds or direct investments.

Set at just a 10 per cent requirement, that could have resulted in $400 million of capital into NZX-listed companies, venture capital or angel investments over the past six years.

New Zealand is blessed with a wealth of smart young entrepreneurs, tech-savvy business people looking to take on the world. But our investment sector at the venture capital and angel stage has long battled to attract the capital required.

In a market, our size, $400 million would have represented a huge boost and been a big driver for the expansion of companies which will provide jobs for the next generation of New Zealanders, including the children of new migrants.

There is an opportunity now, while migration trends are on our side, to tweak official policy around this. Let's hope the Government is prepared to take a serious look at the work KPMG has done.

The NZ Herald

The migrant investment could help push NZ forward

Andrew Hamilton, chief executive of business incubator The Icehouse argues that wealthy investor migrants should be required to put money into areas that will better help the New Zealand economy.

The Icehouse is supporting a campaign to change the investor migrant regulations because it makes plain sense. The existing regime has on one hand been highly successful and has attracted just under $4 billion of funds over just 6 years.

However, over 85% of these funds are just sitting in bank accounts and bonds, hardly aligned to the capital needs for our country as we continue to compete on the world stage.

We recommend starting with that at least 10 per cent of wealthy migrant capital should be placed into growth investments, such as angel investment, venture capital or private equity growth funds.

The NZ Herald, Monday, Sep 14, 2015

Change to the selection process for Investor 2 applications (19.11.2014)

Until recently, Immigration New Zealand (INZ) has been able to select all Expressions of Interest (EOI) from the Investor 2 category pool in order to fulfil the existing cap of 300 application approvals. However, because of growing interest and increased numbers of EOIs in this category, this approach is no longer sustainable.
Clarification to immigration instructions come into effect on 27 November to reflect that only the highest scoring applications will be selected from the pool in order to fulfil the existing application approval cap. The pool draw will continue to take place every second Wednesday and pool draw details, including the number of EOIs and points range selected, will continue to be published in the Latest News section of the INZ website.

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If you want to find out more about investing in New Zealand, contact Dr Carsten Hallwass, the Business and Investor Migration Adviser in our team.

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