Investor Plus Criteria
If you are able to invest a minimum of NZ$15 million in New Zealand, and you would like to apply for New Zealand residence, the Investor Plus category could be the best option for you. Under this category, there is no age restriction, business experience, settlement funds or English language requirements. If you meet these criteria, you may submit a residence application directly and we would do this on your behalf as your licensed immigration adviser.
Everyone included in your residence application will have to meet our health and character requirements. As part of the application process you will need to provide verifiable evidence that you meet the Investor Plus criteria summarised below.
Investment funds and/or assets
The nominated funds and/or assets in your residence application must be equivalent to at least NZ$15 million. You will need to provide evidence to show that these funds and/or assets:
- are owned by you or jointly by you, your partner and/or dependent children.
- are unencumbered, i.e. not subject to any mortgage, lien, charge and/or encumbrance (whether equitable or otherwise) or any other creditor claims.
- have been earned or acquired legally.
- are transferable through the banking system, or a foreign exchange company that uses the banking system.
After your application is approved in principle you will need to provide verifiable documents to show that the funds you transfer to New Zealand came from the funds and/or assets that you nominated. You will need to invest a minimum of NZ$10 million in acceptable investments in New Zealand.
You cannot nominate investment funds or assets you intend to bring to New Zealand for your personal use – for example a personal residence, car, or boat.
Once your residence application is approved in principle, you will have 12 months to transfer your nominated investment funds and invest them in an acceptable investment in New Zealand, though it is possible to apply to have this timeframe extended. You can also apply for a work visa so you can travel to New Zealand to look into investment opportunities. It is a requirement of this visa that you retain your investment funds in acceptable investments for three years. You will need to spend at least 44 days in New Zealand each year in years two and three of your three-year investment period.