What is the Investor Programme and how does it work? The Migrant Investor programme is a residence policy for people who wish to live permanently in New Zealand. It comprises of Investor 1 (those who have a minimum of NZ$10million to invest) and Investor 2 (those who have a minimum of NZ$3 million to invest).
A person who wishes to apply for residence under the investor 2 Category must first submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) to Immigration New Zealand, claiming points for factors such as business experience, age and English language competency. Immigration New Zealand does a fortnightly draw selecting EOIs based on the points claimed, then invites people with sufficient points to apply.
What are the changes to the Investor 1 category? The minimum investment will remain unchanged at $10m. However, an Investment of 25% in growth-oriented investments (equity, commercial property, new residential builds, managed funds) will mean Investor 1 migrants can spend their required time in NZ more flexibly. Specifically, 88 days over three years. Additionally, Investor 1 applicants will be able to invest up to 15% of their nominated investment funds in acceptable philanthropic investments.
What are the changes to the Investor 2 category? Policy changes to the Investor 2 category include:
Increasing the minimum investment funds required from $1.5 million to $3 million
Removing the need for $1million to be held for ‘settlement’ funds
Adding 20 bonus points for investing a minimum 25% of funds in growth investments
Increasing the annual cap of approved Investor 2 migrants from 300 to 400.
Adjusting points for age, business experience and English language.
Providing flexibility with the time required in New Zealand if migrants invest 25% of their funds in ‘growth’ investments by allowing them to spend 438 days over four years (rather than requiring 146 days in each of years two, three and four.
Allowing up to 15% of investment funds to be made in acceptable philanthropic investments
Immigration New Zealand will also ‘prioritise’ Investor 2 migrants who intend to place 25 per cent or more of their funds in growth investments.
How are Investor 2 points changing? The Investor 2 points system operates with an Expression of Interest process where Investors submit an Expression of Interest which is ranked based on points allocated for the amounts of funds, level of business experience, age and English language competency. The highest-ranked Expressions of Interest are drawn from the pool fortnightly, and those migrants who have been successful are then invited to apply for residence. There is no change to the minimum points required to submit an Expression of Interest. The key changes to the points that can be claimed are:
Reward applicants with a higher level of English competency (with additional points for IELTS scores above level 5),
Streamline the points for age
Increase points awarded for more business experience.
Award 20 bonus points for investing a minimum 25% of funds in growth investments.
What are growth investments? Growth investments are all ‘acceptable investments’ as defined in immigration instructions except for:
Investment in bonds, and
For managed funds, Business Migration Branch will look at what types of investments are managed in the fund to determine the proportion of growth investment. For example, a fund which places half of its funds into bonds and the other half into shares would be recognised as having a 50% investment in growth orientated funds.
What are acceptable philanthropic investments? Philanthropic investments can now make up 15% of acceptable investments. Investors are able to donate in any area. The policy will recognise donations to the following types of organisations:
Registered charities: with a track record (ie. They have provided annual returns of at least two years) and with IRD donee status.
Not for profit organisations: providing social, cultural or economic benefits for NZ, and as approved by the Immigration Operations Manager.
New Points Schedule for Investor 2 Category (effective from March 2017)