LOCATION: Southwestern Pacific Ocean

POPULATION: 48,36,289

LANGUAGES SPOKEN: English, Maori (New Zealand sign Language)

CURRENCY: New Zealand Dollar

CAPITAL: Wellington


MAJOR INDUSTRIES: Tourism, Food Processing, Agriculture

New Zealand is one of the world’s most stable, safe, secure and well-governed nations. It is 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 offers a great work-life balance, with world-class education and healthcare systems. Business and investor visas are for investors who want to gain residence and can contribute to New Zealand’s economy to live in New Zealand. One can do this by investing in New Zealand business or government.



There are two investor categories:

  • Investor 1 (minimum investment NZ$10 million for at least three years)
  • Investor 2 (minimum investment NZ$3 million for at least four years)


  • An applicant must invest NZD 10 million in New Zealand over a three-year period in order to apply for New Zealand residence under this program.
  • There is no maximum age limit, no language requirement, and no business experience requirement.


  • This visa is applicable to experienced businesspeople aged 65 years or younger, who have a minimum of NZD 3 million in available funds or assets. A points-based system is used to assess eligibility for Investor 2 resident visas.
  • Applicants must invest at least NZD 3 million in an acceptable investment in New Zealand, to be held for four years.
  • Applicants are required to have an English-speaking background or an International English Language Testing System test report with an overall band score of three or more, or they should be competent users of English.
Applicants can include their spouse and dependent children aged 24 years and younger in their applications.

Investment Options: If one is applying for an Investor 1 or 2 Resident Visa, he must invest money in an acceptable investment.

Acceptable investments must:

  • Be able to make a commercial return
  • Be invested in New Zealand
  • Be invested in New Zealand dollars
  • Be invested in legal enterprises or managed funds
  • Have the potential to contribute to New Zealand’s economy
  • Not be for personal use, for example, home, boat or car.

An applicant has the choice of investing in the following acceptable investments:

  • New Zealand government bonds or local authorities, bonds issued by New Zealand registered banks.
  • Equity in New Zealand firms, public/private.
  • Managed funds where the amount invested relates wholly to New Zealand companies.
  • New residential property developments, which are regularly approved by competent authorities
  • Some commercial properties
  • Philanthropic Investments

Applicant Requirements:

  • Provide a police report and be of good character
  • Provide a medical certificate
  • Applicant must be 65 years old or younger, unless applying to Investor(1)
  • Investor (1) needs to spend only 44 days in NZ in each of the final 2 years of the 3-year investment period
  • English language requirements apply unless applying for Investor 1 Visa
  • Possess at least 3 years of business experience, unless applying to Investor(1)
  • Investor (2) must spend 146 days per year in New Zealand

Application processing Time ( investor 1)90 days
Minimum Stay: 88 days over 3 years

Application processing Time ( investor 2)8 months
Minimum Stay:
438 days over 4 years


Applicants who have previously obtained residence under either of the resident visa programs, Investor 1 or Investor 2 are eligible for New Zealand citizenship when they have spent at least 1,350 days in New Zealand during the preceding five years, with at least 240 days of physical presence in each year.

Key Advantages:

  • High standards of living, multicultural population, and low population density
  • Political, social, and economic stability
  • Solid legal system based on English law
  • Strong tax treaty network with a large number of counter parties.

1. Please note, all information provided here should not be considered legal advice.
2. The text is intended as a source of basic information. It is regularly updated. No liability can be accepted for the accuracy or completeness of its contents.