Investment Visa Overview

New Zealand Residency & Citizenship options

New Zealand permanent residency comes with a number of benefits. These include the right to live and work permanently in New Zealand, access to free public healthcare and education, and the ability to apply for New Zealand citizenship. Permanent residents also have the right to travel freely in and out of New Zealand, and to sponsor family members for New Zealand residency. In addition, permanent residents are eligible for certain benefits and entitlements, such as social welfare payments and student loans. Becoming a New Zealand permanent resident can be a significant advantage for those who wish to live and work in this beautiful country.

Program 1
  • Name
    New Zealand Entrepreneur Visa
  • Description

    The New Zealand Entrepreneur Visa allows individuals to come to New Zealand and start a new business. To be eligible for the visa, applicants must have a business idea that has the potential to succeed in New Zealand. They must also be able to show that they have the necessary skills and experience to make the business a success. Once in New Zealand, visa holders have two years to establish their business. If they are successful, they may then apply for permanent residence.

  • Requirements

    Establish, acquir, or make a large investment in a New Zealand-based business. If your business demonstrates a high level of innovation or export potential and operates in the scientific or ICT areas, New Zealand may waive the NZ$100,000 capital investment criterion.

  • Validity
    1 year + 1 year / PR after that
  • Investment Type
    Active
  • Avg. Processing Time
    12 months
  • Investment Amount
    100,000NZD(can be waived) or 500,000NZ$ in order to apply to residence visa
  • Avg. Agent Fee
    N/A
  • Physical Presence Requirement
    181 days of the year
  • Can family be included?
    Yes
Program 2
  • Name
    Global Impact Entrepreneur
  • Description

    The entrepreneur application is for a person or team who is establishing and scaling global impact initiatives in New Zealand, or that can meaningfully engage with the New Zealand business or startup ecosystem.

  • Requirements

    During the initial phase of the program, you will need to demonstrate that you have the means and financial capacity to get your venture up and operating. Even though there is no minimum, we estimate the minimum of capital required is probably around 150,000 USD.

  • Validity
    3 years
  • Investment Type
    Active
  • Processing Time
    2 months
  • Investment Amount
    No minimum
  • Avg. Agent Fee
    N/A
  • Physical Presence Requirement
    None
  • Can family be included?
    Yes
Program 3
  • Name
    New Zealand Investor Program (1)
  • Description

    In the case the main applicant has to invest at least 25% of his/her investment funds into assets other than Bonds and Philanthropic Investment, Investor visa holders will be able to meet their time in New Zealand requirement flexibly; Investor Plus visa holders needing to spend 88 days over the 3 year investment period.

  • Requirements

    If you are interested in applying under one of our investor policies, the prospects you pursue must meet our requirements for "approved investments." In general, appropriate investments may include: 1) Equity in public or private New Zealand enterprises. Active or passive stock investments can be made directly or through managed funds (only the proportion of the Fund that is invested in NZ is counted as acceptable), 2) Bonds issued by the New Zealand government, local authorities, or authorised New Zealand banks, financial institutions, or businesses. 3) New residential construction that is not for the investor's personal use and is intended to generate a profit on the open market.

  • Validity
    3 years
  • Investment Type
    Passive
  • Processing Time
    24 months
  • Investment Amount
    10,000,000NZD
  • Avg. Agent fee
    10,000,000NZD
  • Physical Presence Requirement
    Yes, 88 days over the 3 year investment period, or 44 days per year in the last 2 years.
  • Can family be included?
    Yes
Program 4
  • Name
    New Zealand Investor Program (2)
  • Description

    Investor 2 visa holders who invest at least 50% of your investment funds into assets other than Bonds and Philanthropic Investment will qualify for a reduction of $0.5m of the investment amount. Investor 2 visa holders are required to spend 438 days over the 4 year investment period.

  • Requirements

    If the main applicant nominates $3m of investment funds and invest $1.5m outside of Bonds and Philanthropic Investment, he / she will only be required to invest a further $1m to meet the visa requirements.

  • Validity
    4 years
  • Investment Type
    Passive
  • Processing Time
    2 weeks + 28 months for investor visa
  • Investment Amount
    3,000,000NZD
  • Avg. Agent Fee
    $60,000
  • Physical Presence Requirement
    146 days of the year, or 438 days at any time over the four year investment period.
  • Can Family be included?
    Yes
Program 5
  • Name
    New Zealand Temporary Retirement
  • Description

    The New Zealand Temporary Retirement Visa is a great option for those who want to enjoy their retirement in a beautiful, safe country. The visa allows holders to live in New Zealand for up to two years, and it can be renewed indefinitely.

  • Requirements

    There are a few requirements that applicants must meet, including being of good health and having sufficient financial resources. Besides this, the applicant has to make an acceptable investment (not lower than 750,000 NZD).

  • Validity
    2 years
  • Investment Type
    Passive
  • Processing Time
    15 days
  • Investment Amount
    750,000NZD
  • Avg. Agent Fee
    N/A
  • Physical Presence Requirements
    Yes
  • Can family be included?
    Yes
Official Government Website
Mobility Options
Passport Overview

According to the SovSpot Passport Ranking Index, the New Zealand passport is now ranked seventh. It allows anyone to travel to 190 countries without needing a visa. It is one of the most sought-after passports in the world because to its high mobility score. New Zealand passport holders can travel to countries such as Japan, the United Kingdom, the United Arab Emirates, the United States, and the European Union without a visa. This enables for almost instantaneous travel. New Zealand passport holders, on the other hand, need a visa to visit around 39 countries around the world. China, India, Russia, and Cuba are among the countries that require visas.

Passport Rank

7

Visa Free Countries

190

Mobility Stats
  • Dual Citizenship Allowed?
    Yes
  • Visa Free Destinations
    136
  • Visa on Arrival
    47
  • Visa Online
    7
  • Visa Required
    10
  • Visa Free Access
    Schengen, USA, UK, Canada, Japan
  • World Surface Area Reachable
    60%
  • Unesco Heritage Sites Access
    48%
Passport Ranking Factors

New Zealand Passport Visa Free Countries

The number of countries New Zealand passport holders can enter without a visa (i.e. visa-free countries) and those New Zealand passport holders can enter by obtaining a visa on arrival (i.e. visa-on-arrival countries) or an electronic travel authorization is added up to determine the New Zealand passport ranking relative to other global passports (eTA). There are now 136 visa-free countries for New Zealand passport holders, 47 visa-on-arrival countries for New Zealand passport holders, and 7 eTA destinations. New Zealand passport holders can enter a total of 190 countries without a visa, via a visa on arrival, or using an eTA. As a result, the New Zealand passport is ranked number seven in the world. Apart from these visa-free and visa-on-arrival countries, there are 39 other countries where New Zealand passport holders will need a physical visa or an eVisa (i.e. visa required countries).

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