New Zealand Permanent Residency

There are two options for gaining Permanent Residency in New Zealand through immigration investment. Applicants that have held Permanent Residency can qualify for New Zealand citizenship after five years. There is no direct and immediate citizenship by investment programme in New Zealand. One key benefit is that once held, Permanent Residency in New Zealand is for life. New Zealand offers subsidised education and free healthcare.

New Zealand Investor Visa

There are two categories of Investor Visa for New Zealand, Investor 1 and Investor 2. Permanent Residency (PR) can be obtained by investing in residential property, commercial property, and certain high growth investments including government bonds. The requirements are as follows:

Investor 1 Category Visa

  • Investment of NZ$10,000,000 for 3 years
  • No maximum age
  • No English language requirement
  • Minimum stay 88 days over 3 years
  • No annual quota

Investor 2 Category Visa

  • Investment of NZ$3,000,000 for 4 years
  • Maximum age 66
  • English language requirement
  • Minimum stay 438 days over 4 years
  • Annual quota of 400 applicants

New Zealand Entrepreneur Visa

New Zealand’s entrepreneur Visa is open to applicants introducing high growth and innovative businesses with export potential to New Zealand.

  • Capital investment of NZ$100,000
  • 120 points or more
  • Clear business plan
  • Existing business or management experience
  • Health, character and English language requirements

Residential property investment in New Zealand has been an attractive option for the investor visa in recent years. Prices are growing strongly, interest rates are below 4.0% and with over 70,000 migrants each year there is high demand for residences.

Potential applicants should note that rejection rates for investor visas in New Zealand are extraordinarily high with more than half of all applicants being rejected.

For further information on the investor visa options for New Zealand please contact us.


A selection of alternative residency and citizenship investment programmes to consider.