NZ Investor 1 Resident Visa


  • Duration of visa: Indefinite
  • Spouse and children aged 24 and under may be included
  • Healthy and pleasant environment
  • Stable regulatory regime
  • Beautiful location with an amazing wildlife and diverse landscapes with a high standard of living
  • One of the most advanced education and healthcare systems in the world
  • Multicultural society
  • Possibility to apply for New Zealand citizenship after 5 years and intend to continue living there
  • Possibility to bring the applicant’s car, boat and household items to New Zealand, free of customs charges

General Requirements

  • Investment of NZ 10 million into acceptable investments (can be multiple) for a minimum of 3 years – NB: there is no requirement of a minimum investment amount for each category)
  • Physical residence of a minimum of 44 days in each of the last 2 of the 3-year investment period; or 88 days at any time over the 3-year investment period if the applicant has invested a minimum of NZD 2.5 million in growth investments
  • At the end of the 3-year investment period, subject to maintain all of the criteria for the duration, possibility to apply for a permanent resident visa for the applicant and any family member included in the application, and eventually citizenship
  • Meet New Zealand health and character requirements

Investment fund requirements

  • Proof of legal acquisition and ownership of the assets or funds
  • Sufficient unencumbered funds to make the investment
  • Funds transferable through the banking system
  • Investment capable of a commercial return
  • Funds invested in New Zealand currency
  • Investment not used for a personal purpose

Acceptable Investments

  • Bonds issued by New Zealand government, local authorities or New Zealand registered banks
  • Equity in New Zealand firms, public or 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


  • Application forms preparation and submission, together with payment of all fees
  • Consideration of application and supporting documentation
  • Upon approval-in-principal, transfer of the funds and investment in acceptable investments within 12 months (possible extension to 18 months)
  • Submission of documents supporting that the funds come from the same source than the one named in the application
  • Visa granting