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Changes to Investor Categories announced

The Minister of Immigration has announced changes to the Investor Categories to take effect from May 2017.

The changes are aimed at encouraging investors to invest in growth investments and delivering greater economic benefits for New Zealand.

The changes include:

  • Doubling the funds Investor 2 migrants must invest to $3 million
  • Removing the need for Investor 2 migrants to hold $1 million in settlement funds
  • Recognising higher levels of business experience and English language skills through changes in the points system
  • Increasing the annual cap of approved Investor 2 migrants from 300 to 400.
  • Rewarding investment in growth-oriented investment with incentives such as bonus points, priority processing, and a financial discount.

Further detail about the changes and how they will affect current and potential applicants is available in our questions and answers.

Minister of Immigration's media release