Applicants with a successful background in management or business ownership and who speak a low level of English can gain a resident visa if they invest at least $3,000,000 in New Zealand.
The Investor 2 category is a point’s based system. Points are awarded for business experience, age, English fluency and amount of funds invested.
Requirements for the principal applicant
- Must be under 66 years
- Must have a minimum of 3 years of senior management experience
- Must nominate at least $3 million of funds to be invested in New Zealand for at least 4 years
- Provide evidence the nominated $3 million was acquired lawfully
- Transfer the nominated funds to New Zealand by the banking system
- Must have English fluency to at least IELTS 3.0
- Must be in good health
- Must be a person of good character including never having been involved in business fraud or offences arising from business dealings
The nominated funds must be owned:
- Solely by the principal applicant; or
- By the principal applicant jointly with any of the secondary applicants (partner and/or children)
Nominated funds owned solely by the partner or children are not acceptable
If any of the funds/assets were gifted to the applicant, those funds and/or assets:
- Must have been gifted unconditionally – proof required
- Must have been gifted in accordance with local law – proof required
- Must have been earned lawfully by the person gifting the funds and/or assets – proof required
An acceptable investment means an investment that:
- Is capable of a commercial return; and
- Is not for the personal use of the applicant
- Is invested in New Zealand in New Zealand currency
The applicant must spend a minimum of 146 days physically in New Zealand for each of the last 3 years of the required 4-year investment period.