Investor and Business Visas for New Zealand

Do you want to run your own business or invest your funds in New Zealand?

Dr. Carsten Hallwass, principal Immigration Adviser and director at NZIC, has many years of experience with advising business and investor clients from all over the world.

Investor Migration specialist Dr. Carsten Hallwass says:

"If you want to run a business in New Zealand or invest your funds, there are a number of options that might be attractive for you, but the visa application process under the Business and Investor policies is highly intricate."


Key benefits for Investor Visa applicants:

Direct path to Permanent Residence in New Zealand;

Streamlined and prioritised procedure:

  • Priority processing
  • Applications to be determined only by immigration officers known as business immigration specialist

Partner and dependent children are included in the application;
English language requirements less strict;
You choose how and where you invest your funds in New Zealand.



Key investment requirements for Investor Visas at a glance:

Investor 1 Category: NZ $ 10 million investment
Investor 2 Category: NZ $ 3.0 million investment (Discount of NZ $ 0.5 millions if at least partly invested in "growth investments")

Which Investor or Business Visa is right for you?

Business and Investor Visas are divided into two main groups: Residence Visas and Temporary Visas.

Residence Visas:

Business Categories

  • Entrepreneur Residence Category
  • Employees of Relocating Businesses Category

Investment Categories

  • Investor 1 Category
  • Investor 2 Category

Global Impact permanent resident visa

Temporary Visas:

  • Entrepreneur work visa*
  • Global Impact work visa*

* If you are granted a work visa under these two categories, you will have the opportunity to apply for residence, providing you meet the specific requirements.

Investor/Retirement Visa Policies

The objective of New Zealand's Investment Migration Policies is to attract capital to our economy.

Will you qualify for an Investor Visa?

Different levels of investments are required for different investor visa types.

Temporary Retirement Category

A temporary investment visa for those older than 66, allowing them to stay in New Zealand for 2 years

Global Impact Work Visa

Path to residence for talented innovative entrepreneurs, investors and start-up teams to work and live for up to 3 years

Global Impact Residence Visa

The Residence visa for talented innovative entrepreneurs, investors and start-up teams to work and live.

Business Visitor Visa

A temporary visa allowing those with business purposes for visiting to stay for up to 3 months.

Parent Retirement Category

For parents of a NZ citizen/resident. Requires NZD $1 million over 4 years. Settlement fees and income also required.

Investor 1 Category Visa

Resident visa for experienced business people with NZD $10 million to invest over a 3-year period.

Investor 2 Category

Resident visa for experienced business people who have a minimum of NZD $3 million in investment over 4 years.

Business Visa Policies

While Entrepreneur Work and Entrepreneur Residence Visas also require considerable investments, they are primarily based on establishing and running a business in New Zealand and are covered by a separate visa policy.  

Will you qualify for a Business Visa?

Business Visitor Visa

A temporary visa allowing those with business purposes for visiting to stay for up to 3 months.

Global Impact Residence Visa

The Residence visa for talented innovative entrepreneurs, investors and start-up teams to work and live.

Global Impact Work Visa

Path to residence for talented innovative entrepreneurs, investors and start-up teams to work and live for up to 3 years

Parent Retirement Category

For parents of a NZ citizen/resident. Requires NZD $1 million over 4 years. Settlement fees and income also required.

Investor 2 Category

Resident visa for experienced business people who have a minimum of NZD $3 million in investment over 4 years.

Entrepreneur Residence Category Visa

Resident visa for people who have been self-employed in New Zealand at least 6 months, or ran a business for 2 years.

Entrepreneur Work Visa

Work visa for people who want to work in their own business in New Zealand.

The Key Requirements - A Quick Self Check:

Compare the different visa types for investors and entrepreneurs and see whether you might qualify.
In short, the more capital you can invest, the less further requirements you will have to meet.

Investor and Business Self Assessment

Residence Visa applicants will have to meet further generic requirements:

  • English language requirements
  • Fit and proper person requirements
  • Health and character requirements



Distinctive benefits for Investor and Entrepreneur Visa applicants in comparison to other visa types:

Lifestyle

You can enjoy the New Zealand lifestyle without having to find employment.

Options

There are safe and easy to understand investment options in New Zealand.

Choice

You have a choice of how and where you invest your funds in New Zealand.

Stability

New Zealand's political stability ensures that your investment is secure.

Family

Your partner and dependent children are included in your visa application.

Timeframe

Streamlined and prioritised visa application process.

Language

Minimum level of language competency for a resident visa is lower in Investor policies than in Skilled Migrant Category.

Choice of Locations

If you want to divide your time of the year between two locations in the world, you might be able to do so as investor.

Age

If you have reached the age limit of 56 years under the Skilled Migrant Category, you might still be able to migrate as business owner or investor.

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Dr. Hallwass handled our application to immigrate professionally, giving us a clear picture of what was required, updating us along the way and providing excellent follow up service on our arrival in New Zealand. We are delighted with his professionalism and thoroughness. He comes highly recommended.

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