Information about Investor 1 Resident Visa

This visa was allowed people with NZD $10 million to invest in New Zealand to apply for residence. It closed to new applicants on 28 July 2022.



All 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

  • You may be able to bring your car, boat and household items to New Zealand, free of customs charges.

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The application process

Stage 1

1 You apply for residence

Fill in your application form and send it to us with your supporting evidence, application fee, and immigration levy.


2 We approve your application in principle

Resident visa applications can take several months to process. If there’s anything else you need to do, we’ll be in touch.

Stage 2

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

Unless we grant you an extension, 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.


4 We grant your residence 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 three-year investment, you can apply for a permanent resident visa.

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