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New Zealand is one of the world’s most stable and well governed nations and offers an attractive destination for investment, business, and raising a family. The country is consistently ranked in the top 10 in terms of protecting investors, starting a business, and ease of doing business.

New Zealand

Residence by Investment Overview

New Zealand has an immigration and investment policy that provides the opportunity for foreign nationals to obtain permanent residence in New Zealand by making a substantial investment to the country.

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Investment

Minimum investment of NZD 5 million

Processing time

Eight–nine months

Key benefit

Eligibility for citizenship after five years of residence

New Zealand Active Investor Plus Visa Program

New Zealand’s new Active Investor Plus Visa was announced in September 2022, replacing its previous investor visas. Designed to attract valuable investors and encourage investment that delivers benefits to the local economy, the Active Investor Plus Visa allows applicants to live, work, and study in the country indefinitely, as long as they have met all the investment and time-in-country requirements.

Benefits of New Zealand residence by investment

  • High standards of living, multicultural population, and low population density
  • Residence applicable to a spouse and dependent children up to the age of 24
  • Political, social, and economic stability
  • Solid legal system based on English law
  • No gift, estate, or wealth tax, and no capital gains tax

Requirements of the New Zealand Active Investor Plus Visa Program

To qualify for residence, applicants must fulfill all of the following requirements:

  1. Invest between NZD 5 million and NZD 15 million over the course of four years
  2. Be in good health and of good character
  3. Spend 117 days in New Zealand across the four-year residence period
  4. Demonstrate English language ability

The following assets may be invested into and will be weighted accordingly to meet the NZD 15 million investment threshold:

  • Direct investments into approved businesses. These will be given a 3x weighting
  • Investments into approved managed funds (private equity or venture capital funds). These will be given a 2x weighting
  • Investment into listed equities and philanthropy. These will be given a 1x weighting (and each of these is capped at 50% of the NZD 15 million investment requirement)

Procedures and time frame of New Zealand residence by investment

Applications must include completed application forms and should be accompanied by the appropriate fees and supporting documents. The processing time is eight to nine months from submission of the application to approval.

Investments can be made across three years (being maintained for a fourth year). After four years of keeping their funds in New Zealand, if they meet the requirements for minimum time spent in the country, investors can apply for permanent residence. After the four-year period and meeting the investment and time-in-country requirements, residents can support their parents’ application under the Parent Retirement category.

If families are included in the resident visa, they are required to go to New Zealand within 12 months of their visa being granted but are not required to remain in New Zealand for any minimum length of time. Family members aged 16 and over are also required to meet English language requirements, or they can choose to pre-purchase ESOL tuition to be undertaken once in New Zealand.

Acquiring citizenship after the New Zealand Active Investor Plus Visa Program

Successful applicants may apply for New Zealand citizenship after five years of residence. The New Zealand passport is among the top 10 in the world on the Henley Passport Index and facilitates access to over 180 destinations worldwide.

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