New Zealand

New Zealand citizenship for investment

It is a dream of many to leave for New Zealand. A mild and warm climate, beautiful nature, excellent ecology situation, top-notch medicine, social protection and the high living standards – all this attracts people to New Zealand. But you cannot just move to New Zealand and live there. The New Zealand authorities introduced a migration quota in the amount of 45,000 people, which is less than the total number of people wishing to move to the islands. Investments make it easier though. And it should be mentioned that property purchases will not help you to get even a temporal residence permit in New Zealand.

Benefits of residing in New Zealand:

  • The prevalence of English
  • No xenophobia, intolerance and even signs of racism
  • Very beautiful nature, friendly ecology situation, no dangerous insects
  • Low crime rates, no terrorist attacks
  • Stable economy
  • Pure water, clean grounds, etc.
  • Pure water, clean grounds, etc.
  • Profound and recognized higher education
  • High wage level in almost all economy areas
  • Delicious food and eco products, lots of cheap fruits and vegetables
  • Slow pace of life, safe vehicle and pedestrian traffic
  • Visa-free access to 171 countries for New Zealanders
  • Available dual citizenship

Business immigration and citizenship for investment

Emigration to New Zealand on a common basis is subject to the following conditions:

  • Good health. Before acquiring a permanent residence, you must undergo a complete medical examination. All family members with the exception of pregnant women and children under 12 should do the same.
  • Only adults over 18 but under 50 can move to New Zealand and get a new citizenship.
  • All family members who plan to move to New Zealand should be clear of criminal record.
  • English proficiency. All individuals over 16 are required to take an English test and get at least 6 points in IELTS.

Citizenship for investment


  • Investment funds – NZ$1.5 million
  • Investment period – 4 years
  • Age – from 18 up to 65
  • Business experience – from 3 years
  • English proficiency for a main investor – good English level (IELTS 3.0 or more). The same requirements go for the rest of the family. Though if they demonstrate a poor English level, they can undergo ESOL training before receiving a residence permit in New Zealand.
  • Mandatory residence time – there are no requirements in the first year. During the second, third and fourth years you must spend there at least 40% of the year (it is at least 146 days a year).
  • Funds required to stay in the country – at least NZ$1 million (US$700). But you do not need to transfer them to the New Zealand bank account.

Investor Plus

  • Investment funds – NZ$10 Million
  • Investment period – 3 years
  • Age – no requirements
  • Business experience – no requirements
  • English proficiency for the investor and his family – no requirements
  • Mandatory residence time – there are no restrictions in the first year. During the second, third and fourth years you must spend at least 12% of the year in the country (more than 44 days a year).
  • Funds required to stay in the country – no requirements.

Investment emigration process goes through the following stages:

  1. You prepare the documents and then submit an application.
  2. Applicant’s documents are processed within three months.
  3. All family members are issued a residence permit (if the application is approved).
  4. You must make the investments during the first year.
  5. In two years period it will be necessary to provide evidence of the compliance with the investment terms and conditions.
  6. If all the requirements are met, the residence permit is extended for another 2 years.
  7. At the end of the investment period (depending on the program) the investor’s entire family can be granted permanent residence.
  8. There are additional requirements to obtain the status of a New Zealand citizen.

There are mandatory requirements for those wishing to immigrate to New Zealand in order to set up and run their own business:

  • Investing at least NZ$100,000 into launching a company
  • Getting at least 120 points on a special scale. The assessment allows to determine the success of a future venture and its value and contribution to the New Zealand economy.
  • Not being involved in fraud schemes, bankruptcy and company shutdowns over the past 5 years
  • Developing a perspective business plan
  • Scoring minimum 4.0 in IELTS


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