About this visa Investor 2 Resident Visa

Experienced business people who have a minimum of NZ $3 million in available funds or assets can apply for New Zealand residence. Before you can apply, we’ll first need you to send us an Expression of Interest telling us about your business experience, investment and settlement funds. If your Expression of Interest is successful we’ll invite you and your partner and dependent children to apply for New Zealand residence.



Up to 65

400 per year

All Visa Conditions

With this visa you can

  • Live, work and study in New Zealand.
  • Include your partner, and dependent children aged 24 and under, in your visa application.

Things to note

  • We use a points-based system to assess eligibility for Investor 2 Resident Visas.
  • If your expression of interest is selected and we invite you to apply for residence, you'll have 4 months to send us your application.

The application process

Stage 1

1 You send us your Expression of Interest

Complete an ‘Expression of Interest (EOI)’ form and send it to us together with your application fee.

You don’t have to send us any supporting documents with your EOI.

You can use our ‘Office and fees finder’ to check how much to pay and where to send your form.

When we receive your EOI, we’ll allocate points for your age, business experience, English-speaking ability, and investment funds.

Summary of Investor 2 category points

Stage 2

2 We invite you to apply for residence

If you’re awarded enough points for your EOI, we may invite you to apply for residence. If this happens, you’ll have 4 months to send us your application and supporting documents.

You’ll also need to pay an application fee and immigration levy.

Resident visa applications can take several months to process.

If your application is successful, we’ll approve it in principle.

Summary of Investor 2 category points


3 You transfer your funds to New Zealand and make your investment

If we approve your application in principle, you’ll have 12 months to transfer your funds to New Zealand and invest in an acceptable investment.

You must show that your funds or assets came from the source you named in your application.

You may wish to come to New Zealand to check out investment opportunities before you transfer your funds. You’ll need to apply for a work visa  or visitor visa to do this.

Acceptable investments

Transferring investment funds


4 We grant your resident visa

After we grant your visa, we’ll check in with you to make sure you’re meeting the conditions of your visa like keeping your funds invested and spending time in New Zealand.

If you’ve met all the conditions at the end of your four-year investment, you may be eligible for a permanent resident visa.

Please check that you meet the detailed criteria before you apply for a visa or travel to New Zealand

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