Investing And Doing Business In New Zealand

Investors and entrepreneurs with capital, experience and international connections are needed in New Zealand. The government of New Zealand has created attractive visa pathways to encourage investors and entrepreneurs to invest and do business in New Zealand.

New Zealand's business migration and investment categories are designed to contribute to economic growth. They do this by attracting capital and business expertise to New Zealand, enabling experienced business people to buy or establish businesses in New Zealand, or by encouraging investment in New Zealand. New Zealand is considered one of the easiest countries in the world to start up and do business in. It offers stability and security, not to mention an exceptional lifestyle in one of the world's most stunning landscapes.

Business Entrepreneur Work and Residence Visas

An Entrepreneur Work Visa is designed for people who want to buy or establish a business in New Zealand. This visa is a pathway to residence in New Zealand under the Entrepreneur Residence Category.

Entrepreneur Work Visa

If you are an experienced business person wanting to work in your own business in New Zealand, applying for a work visa under the Entrepreneur Work Visa Category may be an option for you.

An Entrepreneur Work Visa will enable you to move to New Zealand and either buy or establish your own business.

To apply you will need to provide a detailed business plan, have at least NZ$100,000 to invest in your business (unless your business is in the ICT or science sectors) and you must be able to claim 120 points on Immigration's points scale.

Once the visa is granted, you can set up your business in New Zealand as a first step toward New Zealand residence. This is a three year visa and you can include your partner and dependent children aged 19 and under in your visa application.

Entrepreneur Residence Visa

This visa is for people who have been self-employed in New Zealand for at least six months or have operated a business for at least two years on a visa that allows self-employment.

Entrepreneur Residence Category (6 months)

This option provides a faster track to residence for applicants who have been running a high-value business for at least six months; as well as meeting general health, character, and English language requirements. To gain residence under this category, you must hold an Entrepreneur Work Visa, have successfully established or purchased a business in New Zealand, have been self-employed in that business, have invested at least NZ$ 0.5 Million, and have created a minimum of three new fulltime jobs for New Zealand citizens or residents.

Entrepreneur Residence Category (2 years)

If you have successfully established or purchased a business in New Zealand, you have been self-employed in that business for at least two years, and your business has benefited New Zealand significantly, you may be eligible for residence in New Zealand under the Entrepreneur Residence Category.

Investing in New Zealand

Investing in New Zealand opens an opportunity to apply for residence in New Zealand through investment. There are many opportunities to invest in various business sectors, even some areas where New Zealand is doing really well.

These include tourism, biotechnology, agricultural research, wood-based technology, and information and communications technology. If you meet the visa conditions, you can live, work and study in New Zealand indefinitely and later apply for permanent residence. You can include your partner and dependent children aged 24 and under in your visa application.

If you meet visa conditions, you can live work and study in New Zealand indefinitely and later apply for permanent residence. You can include your partner and dependent children aged 24 and under in your visa application.

Acceptable Investment - You must invest your money in an acceptable investment that is able to make a commercial return and have the potential to contribute to New Zealand's economy. Investments must be in bonds, equities, property or other Immigration New Zealand approved investments.

Financial Advice - It may be a good idea to seek financial advice. We do not provide financial advice as this is a regulated industry. We recommend that you select your financial adviser carefully and keep in mind that financial advisers need to be authorised by the Financial Markets Authority of New Zealand to provide financial advice.

The Investment Categories Explained

There are four investment visa categories you can consider. Three of the four categories can lead to residence, whilst one is purely an extended visitor visa. These categories are; Investor 1 Category, Investor 2 Category, the Parent Retirement Category and the Temporary Retirement Category.

Investor 1 Category

The New Zealand Investor 1 Visa is also known as the Investor Plus Visa. The process for this visa is more straightforward than the Investor 2 Residence Visa process. There is no age, business experience or English language requirements that need to be satisfied in this category, however health and character requirements must be met.

Basic Requirements

  • You must keep NZ $10 million invested in New Zealand for 3 years.
  • You must spend 44 days in each of the last 2 of the 3 years in New Zealand.

Investor 2 Category

The Investor 2 category requires a much lower investment sum, however, unlike the Investor 1 category, applicants must meet a minimum point's score to lodge an Expression of Interest (EOI) and be invited to apply for residency. A minimum of 20 points must be achieved to submit an EOI and points are awarded for age (65 years or younger), business experience, and investment funds. You will also need to meet English language requirements and the principal applicant must have at least three year's business experience.

Basic Requirements

  • You must have at least NZ $3 million to invest in New Zealand over a 4 year period.
  • You must have at least 3 years' business experience.
  • English language requirements apply
  • You'll need to be 65 or under

Parent Retirement Resident Visa Basic Criteria

The parent retirement visa enables you to join your adult child in New Zealand. This visa is a pathway to permanent residence. You can live, work and study in New Zealand and include your partner in your visa application.

To be eligible to apply for the Parent Retirement Resident Visa, you must be able to meet Immigration New Zealand's requirements. Once you have met the requirements listed below, you will be eligible for permanent residence.

Basic Requirements

  • You must have an adult child who is a New Zealand citizen or resident
  • You will need an annual income of NZ$60,000 and
  • NZ$1 million to invest for 4 years and
  • NZ$500,000 to live on

Temporary Retirement Category

A Temporary Retirement Visitor Visa is an investment based visitor visa that allows you to stay in New Zealand for two years. The temporary retirement visitor visa is for people who are aged 66 and over. You can include your partner in this application, but you can't bring dependent children with you. To be eligible for this visa you must be able to meet Immigration New Zealand's requirements.

Basic Requirements

  • You must have an adult child who is a New Zealand citizen or resident
  • You will need an annual income of NZ$60,000 and
  • NZ$750,000 to invest for 2 years and
  • NZ$500,000 to live on

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