New Zealand: Investor Residence Visa

Major investors in New Zealand can move there permanently with their family with an Investor Residence Visa.



Investors who make a major contribution to New Zealand’s economy can move there permanently. The two visa options (Investor 1 and Investor 2) have very different requirements and timelines, but both are paths to Permanent Residency.

One of the world’s most remote nations, New Zealand constantly appears on lists of the happiest places on earth. Move to New Zealand to explore its dramatic natural beauty (showcased in The Lord of the Rings films), appreciate its unique multicultural character, and raise your family in its progressive, egalitarian society. 

Internet Speed

Fixed broadband: 166.95 Mbps download/103.43 Mbps upload

Mobile: 83.47 Mbps download/16.52 Mbps upload

Cost of living

No. 20 globally 


Two investment visas (Investor 1 and Investor 2) have different requirements and timelines. 

Investor 1 Residence Visa: 

$7.14 million invested and held 3+ years

44 days of residency required per year, with some exceptions

Investor 2 Residence Visa: 

$2.15+ million invested and held 4+ years

Applicant must have 3+ years business experience

Must be proficient in English

Must be under age 65

146 days of residency required per year, with some exceptions

Must pass points system 


Application Process

The process varies for Investor 1 and Investor 2, but in general:

Start the process by sending an Expression of Interest or an application form, the application fee, and other necessary documents. Approval can take several months.

If you are approved, you will be invited to apply for a residence. 

After your residence is approved, you have 12 months to transfer funds to New Zealand and make your investment.

Your Residence Permit should be granted after you make your investment.

At the end of your waiting period (3 years for Investor 1, 4 years for Investor 2), if the investment is still held and you meet all requirements, you may qualify to apply for Permanent Residence. 

Documents Required

For Investor 1 and Investor 2:

Only for Investor 2:

Other documents may be requested. Some documents may need to be legalized or certified.

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