Active Investor Plus Visa NZ - All you need to know!

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If you're looking for an investment visa in New Zealand, the Active Investor Plus Visa may be just what you need. This visa offers a number of benefits to investors, including fast-tracked residency and access to a range of investment opportunities. Here's all you need to know about the Active Investor Plus Visa!

Applications for the new Active Investor Plus visa category are now open.

The government has established this unique visa category to draw high-value skilled and experienced investors to New Zealand.

The Active Investor Plus visa replaces the previous Investor 1 and Investor 2 categories, which closed in July 2022. NZ immigration is still working through all applications that were in progress when the categories expired.

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
  • Apply for permanent residence after 4 years of keeping your funds in New Zealand.

Things to note

If NZ immigration approves your application in principle, you will have 6 months to transfer and invest your funds in New Zealand.

After your application has been approved in principle, you can apply for a work visa to come to New Zealand and arrange the transfer and investment of your funds. If your partner wants to come with you, they will need to apply for their own visitor visa. Your dependent children can apply for student visas.

Acceptable investments: Active investor plus

An acceptable investment for the Active Investor Plus Visa means an investment of the funds that:

  1. Is not for the personal use of the applicant,
  2. Is invested in New Zealand in New Zealand currency, and
  3. Is invested in either one of more of the following
    • Listed equities,
    • Philanthropy,
    • Managed funds, or
    • Direct investments.

The acceptable investment is determined at the time the investment is made and must continue to meet the requirements of an acceptable investment during the 48-month investment period. The investment value is determined at the time it has been made, inclusive of investment fees (such as management fees), brokerage fees and transaction fees charged.

The weighting system

Acceptable investments carry different weightings toward the NZD $15 million investment threshold. You can invest in a combination of these. Direct investments into a private business will receive the highest weighting (3x). This means that you could meet the required investment amount by investing NZD $5 million into direct investment.

Investment TypeWeighting
Listed Equities Maximum: NZD $7.5 millionX1: Each $1 invested will be accorded the value of $1
Philanthropy Maximum: NZD $7.5 millionX1: Each $1 invested will be accorded the value of $1
Managed fundsX2: Each $1 invested will be accorded the value of $2
Direct investmentX3: Each $1 invested will be accorded the value of $3

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Please note that

Though investing in property is not recommended, you can invest in exchange traded funds or managed funds that own companies part of the real estate industry. To be considered an acceptable investment by most standards, these type of fund cannot hold more than 20% of their assets in the property sector.

They will be able to invest for a three-year period and retain their assets until the end of a fourth year (and spend at least 117 days in New Zealand during that time).

There will be limited scope for passive investment by imposing a cap on listed equities.

Holders of an Active Investor Plus visa will need to have IELTS 5 or equivalent (a moderate level of English language skills).

Provisas can help you with acquiring an active Investor plus Visa

Provisas is a genuine and licensed immigration adviser based out of Auckland. We have fair experience in helping overseas investors join life and work here in NZ.

For more information on how we can help you with acquiring an Active Investor Plus visa, please book a consultation with us. We will help you navigate through the entire process smoothly.

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