Active Investor Plus Visa - Obtaining residence through investment

New Zealand Active Investor Plus Visa

The New Zealand investor visa is perfect for you if you want to obtain residence through making an investment. It requires an investment of at least NZ$15 million in acceptable investments. You'll be eligible to apply for permanent residence after four years.

WHAT IS THE BASIC CRITERIA FOR AN ACTIVE INVESTOR PLUS VISA?

To apply for the Active Investor Plus Visa, you must:

  • Invest at least NZD15 million or the weighted equivalent in acceptable investments in New Zealand
  • Have earned or acquired your investments lawfully
  • Be a fit and proper person, i.e. all businesses you have influence over must have complied with all immigration, employment and taxation laws, and you must also:
    • Have never been investigated by the Serious Fraud Office or the New Zealand police for any offence resulting from business dealings
    • Have no conviction for any offence involving dishonesty
    • Have never been involved in business fraud or financial impropriety
  • Invest the nominated funds in acceptable investments in New Zealand for a minimum of 48 months
  • Have an acceptable standard of English
  • Meet New Zealand’s health and character requirements

WHAT IS AN ACCEPTABLE INVESTMENT?

Immigration New Zealand defines ‘acceptable investments’ as an investment of funds that:

  • is not for your personal use,
  • is invested in New Zealand in New Zealand currency, and
  • is invested in either one or more of the following:
    • Listed equities
    • Philanthropy
    • Managed funds
    • Direct investments

OTHER CRITERIA OF THE ACTIVE INVESTOR PLUS VISA

  • You must prove at the time of transfer that the investments are acceptable.
  • You must transfer your funds to New Zealand within six months of getting approval in principle from Immigration New Zealand.
  • You must transfer the investment directly from your bank to New Zealand through the banking system or from an acceptable third party.

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