Each of New Zealand's Entrepreneur and Investor programs has different minimum requirements.
Take a look at the table below. It shows the main policy requirements and will allow you to check for yourself, whether you might qualify for a visa under one of the investor and business migration policies.
You will see that the main difference between the various visa options lies in the required investment level – the more you invest, the less further requirements you will have to meet.
The table below shows the core requirements for each of the policies.
While good health and impeccable character are generally a pre-requesit for all visas for New Zealand, the levels of investment and settlement funds required vary considerably from one policy to the next and might be a determining factor for your choice of policy.
Age is another important aspect to consider: 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.
Some migrants have limited English language capabilities. They might not reach the minimum level of language competency for a resident visa under the SMC, but can pass the Investor policy minimum level.
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, whereas there is a strict requirement for skilled migrant policy visa holders to be present in New Zealand most of the year.
Find out which business or investor visa might be best suited for you: