New Active Investor Plus visa
The new Active Investor Plus visa category opened for applications on Monday 19 September 2022. This new visa category is made to attract skilled and experienced high-value investors to New Zealand.
The Active Investor Plus visa replaces the previous Investor 1 and Investor 2 categories, which closed in July 2022. INZ is continuing to process all applications which were in progress when those categories closed.
Weighting for acceptable direct investments
INZ will make immigration decisions on applications and assess whether investors are meeting the conditions of their visa. New Zealand Trade and Enterprise (NZTE) will advise which investments are acceptable and provide support services to investors.
The Active Investor Plus visa will be using a weighting system to encourage direct investment and attract active investor migrants who will help New Zealand’s economy grow.
Acceptable investments are New Zealand entities that contribute to the Government’s economic strategy by being high growth potential firms or by having positive social and environmental impacts. Depending on the type of active investment, the weighting system is:
People with this new visa will be able to invest over a three-year investment period (and maintain their investments up to the end of a fourth year). They will need to spend at least 117 days in New Zealand during those four years.
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).