Procedures and Time Frames

The time frames and procedures for the Investor 1 and 2 Resident Visa Programs are reasonably straightforward with specialist assistance.

Investor 1 Resident Visa

  • Applicants lodge an application directly to Immigration New Zealand for the Resident Visa, without the need for an Expression of Interest (EOI)
  • An approval in principle is usually given within three months depending on the quality of information provided as well as security and health checks
  • Immigration New Zealand will only approve in principle and will not issue the Resident Visa until the funds have been transferred and invested, and evidence of this is submitted to Immigration, after which the Resident Visa will be issued within two to four weeks
  • Successful applicants can travel in and out of New Zealand for the first two years of the investment period. The main applicant has to accumulate 44 days in New Zealand in each of years two and three of the investment period. In some cases, there can be flexibility
  • If all conditions that apply to the first two years of the investment period are met, the applicant can apply for a variation of conditions to allow travel in and out of New Zealand for another two years
  • If conditions at the end of the three-year investment period are met, the applicant and family members can apply for permanent residence which is a resident visa valid for life

Investor 2 Resident Visa

  • Expression of Interest (EOI) must be sent to Immigration New Zealand outlining the applicant’s personal details, business experience and investment funds
  • If the EOI is successful, the applicant and any spouse and/or dependents are invited to apply for New Zealand residence — invites are generally issued within two weeks of selection of an EOI
  • Once invited to apply, the applicant will have four months to submit the application
  • An approval in principle is usually given within three to six months but is reliant on the quality of information provided as well as security and health checks
  • Immigration New Zealand will only approve in principle — they will not issue the visa until the funds have been transferred and invested and evidence of this is submitted to Immigration, after which the Resident Visa may then be issued within two to four weeks
  • Evidence that the invested funds have been maintained will be required at the end of the second and fourth years of the applicant’s residence in New Zealand
  • The main applicant needs to accumulate 146 days in each of years two, three and four of the investment term

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