Conditions

These are the conditions that you must meet once you have your visa.

Entry permission

You must apply for entry permission when you arrive in New Zealand. You can do this by completing an arrival card, which you are given on the way to New Zealand.

Arriving in New Zealand

You can be refused entry permission if:

  • you don’t meet our character requirements
  • your circumstances have changed since you were granted a visa
  • you refuse to let us to take your photo, or provide us with your fingerprints or an iris scan, if we ask you for them.

Invest in New Zealand

You must keep NZD $10 million invested in an acceptable investment in New Zealand for 3 years. 

We ask for evidence you have kept your funds invested at the end of the second and third years you are in New Zealand.

You will have 3 months to provide the evidence.

It is OK to transfer funds between acceptable investments.

If you already have funds invested in New Zealand when you apply for residence, we can start your investment period from the time we approve your application in principle.

Acceptable investments: investor visas

Managing your acceptable investments

Spend time in New Zealand

You must spend 44 days in each of the last two years of your three-year investment period in New Zealand, or, 88 days at any time over the three year investment period if you have invested a minimum of NZ$2.5 million in growth investments.

We’ll ask for evidence that you’ve met this condition at the end of the second and third years you’re in New Zealand.

You’ll have 3 months to provide the evidence.

Bring your family to New Zealand

If your family are included in your resident visa, they’ll need to come to New Zealand within 12 months of their visa being granted.

If your family are unable to come to New Zealand within 12 months, they’ll have to reapply for residence.

Contact details

You must provide us with your address and other contact details and let us know if these change while you’re in New Zealand.

We’ll need to keep in touch with you to check you’re meeting the conditions of your visa.

If we’re unable to confirm that you’re meeting the conditions, you may not be able to stay in New Zealand.

Keep your visa in a valid passport

If you want to travel, your visa must be in a valid passport.

If your passport expires, you must apply to transfer your visa to a new passport before you can travel.

Transferring my visa to a new passport

To transfer your visa, you must:

  • send us your old and new passports
  • complete an ‘Application for Transfer or Confirmation of a Visa’
  • pay a transfer fee.

 

Application for Transfer or Confirmation of a Visa (INZ 1023)

Fees, decision times and where to apply

Travel as a resident

You can travel in and out of New Zealand for the first 2 years of your investment period.

If you meet all of the conditions that apply to the first 2 years of your investment period, you can apply for a variation of conditions to allow you to travel in and out of New Zealand for another 2 years.

If at the end of 2 years, you haven’t met all of the conditions that apply, you may have to leave New Zealand.

Your travel conditions will expire after 2 years if you haven’t applied for a variation of conditions.

If you’re outside of New Zealand when your travel conditions expire, your visa will expire as well.

Travel as a permanent resident

If you’ve met all the conditions at the end of your 3 year investment period, you can apply for a permanent resident visa for you and any family included in your residence application.
If granted, you’ll be able to travel in and out of New Zealand indefinitely, as long as you keep your visa in a valid passport.

If you haven’t met all of the conditions of your visa at the end of the 3 year investment period, you may have to leave New Zealand.