Successful business owners who have at least NZD $3 million in available funds or assets can apply for New Zealand residence. This residence application must be proceeded by submitting an Expression of Interest (EOI) which would tell the NZ Immigration about your business career and investment. You and your partner and dependent children can apply for New Zealand residence once your EOI is successful.

With this visa you can

  • Live and work in New Zealand.
  • Include your partner, and dependent children aged 24 and under, in your visa application.

Things to note

NZ Immigration uses a points-based system to assess eligibility for Investor 2 Resident Visas. If your expression of interest (EOI) is successfully selected then you will be invited to apply for residence, you’ll have 4 months to send your visa application.

This visa is for those who want to invest in New Zealand and become eligible for permanent residence.

Source: New Zealand Immigration

There are some basic eligibility requirements in order to apply

  • Age: You must be 65 or under
  • Successful business experience: You must have at least 3 years’ recognised business experience
  • Transfer investment funds: You must transfer your investment funds to New Zealand
  • Investment funds: You must have at least NZ $3 million to invest in New Zealand for 4 years
  • Source of investment funds: You must have earned or acquired your funds lawfully
  • Acceptable investments: You must invest your nominated investment funds in acceptable investments in New Zealand for a minimum of 4 years
  • Health and character: You must be in good health and character
Source: New Zealand Immigration

Step 1 – Expression of Interest

Complete an ‘Expression of Interest (EOI)’ form and submit together with your application fee. You are not required to send any supporting documents with your EOI.

Step 2 – Invitation to apply for residence

If you are awarded enough points for your EOI, you will be invited to apply for residence. If this happens, you will have 4 months to send your application and supporting documents.

You will also need to pay an application fee and immigration levy.

Step 3 – Transferring your funds to New Zealand and making your Investment.

If NZ Immigration approves your application in principle, you will have 12 months to transfer your funds to New Zealand and invest in an acceptable investment.

Step 4 – Grant of your residence visa

After the grant of your visa, NZ Immigration checks in with you to make sure you are meeting the conditions of your visa like keeping your funds invested and spending time in New Zealand.

If you have met all the conditions at the end of your four-year investment, you may be eligible for a permanent resident visa.

Source: New Zealand Immigration
  • Current Passport with sufficient validity
  • Birth Certificates
  • National ID
  • Police Clearance
  • Evidence of liquid Funds like bank statements
  • Evidence of asset
  • A recent valuation report for your property from a registered valuer
  • Evidence of earning or acquiring funds and/or assets List your earnings for at least the last five years that may include personal tax returns or tax certificates, pay slips, letters of appointment, employer certificates, bank statements demonstrating receipt of earnings. Business profits and dividends, business financial statements, evidence of ownership or shareholding in the business, bank statements showing receipt of dividends, director’s drawing’s and so on. Property
  • Evidence of capital appreciation of property, measured as the current value (or sale price if property has been sold) less purchase price, eg solicitor’s settlement documents, bank statements showing your receipt of sale proceeds, valuation report for property currently owned.
Source: New Zealand Immigration

Application Fee: NZD$4,960

This is the charge for Immigration New Zealand to process your application. This fee is not refundable if your application is declined.

Source: New Zealand Immigration