About the Visa

The Active Investor Plus Visa is designed for wealthy individuals keen to invest actively in New Zealand’s economy. This visa focuses on investments that boost economic growth by creating jobs, supporting local industries, and bringing in new technologies and methods.
Also, starting July 2022, the New Zealand government has ended Residency-by-Investment Programs like the Investor 1 and Investor 2 visas

Applicants must possess a minimum of NZD 15 million or an equivalent amount in assets or funds ready for investment.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Minimum Investment: A mandatory investment of at least $15 million or equivalent in acceptable investments within New Zealand.
  • Source of Funds: Evidence of the legitimate source and ownership of the investment funds is required.
  • Immigration New Zealand Cost: The application fee starts from NZD 7,900.

Conditions Post-Acceptance

  • Investment Period: After preliminary approval, applicants have 6 months to transfer and allocate funds into qualifying New Zealand investments, with a compulsory investment period of 48 months in approved ventures.
  • Minimum Initial Investment: Post-approval, a minimum initial investment is required, with subsequent investments leading to an aggregate value of at least NZD 15 million or its equivalent.

Types of Investment & Minimum Requirements

  • Direct Investments: Minimum NZD 100,000.
  • Managed Funds: At least NZD 500,000.
  • Listed Equities/Philanthropy: Minimum NZD 1 million.

Residency Requirements

  • Spend Time in New Zealand: A requirement to spend at least 117 days in New Zealand during the 4-year investment period as a resident visa holder.
  • Health and Character: Compliance with health and character prerequisites is necessary.

Family Inclusion & Travel

  • Bringing Your Family to New Zealand: Family members included in the resident visa must arrive in New Zealand within 12 months of visa issuance. If unable to arrive within this timeframe, they must reapply for residence.
  • Travel as a Resident: The visa allows for travel in and out of New Zealand for 5 years from the first day of arrival in New Zealand.

Benefits of Active Investor Plus Visa

  • Flexible Residency: Get the opportunity to live, work, or study in New Zealand whenever you want, and travel in and out of the country as you please. Just make sure to spend at least 117 days in New Zealand over four years.
  • Family Inclusion: You can bring your family with you – your spouse and children under 24 years old can join your visa application.
  • Investment Opportunities: Explore various investment choices available.
  • Pathway to Permanent Residency: After completing a 4-year period, you can apply for permanent residency.

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Visa Process and Duration

1. Expression of Interest (EOI)

Initiate the process by submitting an EOI, showcasing your eligibility based on the investment criteria and your aspiration to apply for the visa.

2. Invitation to Apply (ITA)

A successful EOI leads to an ITA, enabling you to proceed with a formal visa application.

3. Formal Application Submission

Complete your application by providing detailed investment documentation and a business plan.

4. Assessment and Approval

Immigration New Zealand (INZ) evaluates your application, focusing on the investment’s potential economic advantages.

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At ICL Immigration, we streamline the pathway to New Zealand residency for affluent investors through the Active Investor Plus Visa. Our tailored approach ensures a seamless and efficient visa application process, from initial consultation to the final approval. Here’s an overview of our comprehensive process:

1. Initial Consultation and Assessment

Begin your journey with a detailed consultation, during which our experts analyze your financial capabilities and investment interests. This step involves understanding your long-term objectives, discussing the eligibility criteria for the Active Investor Plus Visa, and evaluating your readiness to meet the investment requirements.

2. Expression of Interest (EOI) Preparation and Submission

We assist in preparing a compelling Expression of Interest (EOI) that highlights your investment intentions and qualifications for the visa. Our expertise in crafting EOIs increases your chances of receiving an Invitation to Apply (ITA).

3. Comprehensive Application Support

Upon receiving your ITA, our team provides end-to-end support in compiling your formal application. This includes gathering necessary documentation, evidence of investment funds, and developing a robust business plan demonstrating your investment’s economic benefits to New Zealand.

4. Health and Character Verification

We guide you through the health and character verification processes, ensuring you meet all the requirements of Immigration New Zealand (INZ). Our team helps coordinate medical examinations and police clearance certificates as part of your application.

5. Submission, Liaison with Immigration New Zealand (INZ) and Approval

After ensuring your application is comprehensive and adheres to all criteria, we submit it on your behalf to INZ. We act as your representative, communicating with INZ and addressing any queries or additional information requests regarding your application.

6. Residency and Beyond

As you fulfil your investment period and meet the residency requirements, we will assist you in applying for permanent residency. Our support extends to helping you and your family integrate into New Zealand life, advising on education, healthcare, and community engagement.

At ICL Immigration, we pride ourselves on providing personalized and professional services to ensure your investment journey to New Zealand is successful and rewarding. Our team is dedicated to making your transition as smooth and efficient as possible, paving the way for your future in New Zealand.


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Can investments be made in any sector?

Investments must be made in legitimate businesses or ventures within New Zealand that align with specific criteria set by Immigration New Zealand. These criteria are designed to ensure investments contribute positively to the country's economy, with a preference for innovative, growth-oriented sectors.

Are there specific criteria for the source of investment funds?

Yes, investors must demonstrate that their funds are legally obtained from a legitimate source. This may include providing financial records and other documentation to support the origin of the funds.

Can family members be included in the application?

Yes, partners and dependent children can be included in the application, allowing families to reside in New Zealand together. Specific eligibility criteria apply for family members.

What are the health and character requirements?

Applicants and their included family members must meet health and character requirements, which include medical examinations and police clearance certificates from countries they've lived in for a certain period.

Is there a pathway to citizenship through the Active Investor Plus Visa?

While the visa provides residency, it can serve as a pathway to citizenship, subject to meeting New Zealand's residency requirements and other criteria for citizenship.

How does the application process work?

The process involves submitting an Expression of Interest (EOI), receiving an Invitation to Apply (ITA) if successful, and submitting a detailed application with evidence of your investment and business plan.

How long does it take to process an Active Investor Plus Visa application?

Processing times can vary depending on the complexity of the application and current processing volumes. For the most up-to-date information, consult with an immigration advisor.

What happens if my investment fails to meet the required criteria during the investment period?

If your investment fails to meet the criteria, it could affect your visa status. In such situations, proactive communication with Immigration New Zealand and advice from an immigration consultant are crucial.

Can I change my investment after the visa is granted?

Changes to your investment may be possible, but they must comply with the visa conditions and be approved by Immigration New Zealand. Consultation with an immigration expert is recommended before making any changes.

Are there any restrictions on where I can live in New Zealand under this visa?

Typically, there are no specific restrictions on where you can live in New Zealand with this visa. However, certain conditions related to your investment may influence your choice of location.

How can ICL Immigration assist in the Active Investor Plus Visa application process?

ICL Immigration offers comprehensive services, including eligibility assessment, assistance in preparing and submitting your application and providing ongoing support throughout the investment period.

What are the risks associated with the Active Investor Plus Visa?

Like any investment, risks include market volatility and the potential for financial loss. Researching, considering investment opportunities thoroughly, and seeking professional advice is important.

Can the investment be spread across multiple ventures?

Yes, investments can often be diversified across different ventures, provided they meet the visa's criteria and contribute to the New Zealand economy.

What support does ICL Immigration offer post-visa approval?

ICL Immigration provides ongoing support, including advice on compliance with visa conditions, assistance in renewing or changing visa status, and guidance on residency and citizenship pathways.

How often do I need to visit New Zealand during the investment period?

Visa conditions may require spending time in New Zealand each year. The specific requirements can vary, so it's essential to understand your visa conditions fully.

Can I extend my Active Investor Plus Visa?

Extensions or changes to your visa status depend on the original visa conditions and New Zealand immigration policies at the time of application. It is advisable to consult with an immigration advisor for accurate guidance.

What are the tax implications of the Active Investor Plus Visa?

Investing in New Zealand can have tax implications, including obligations for income generated from your investments. Consulting with a tax advisor who understands New Zealand's tax system is crucial.

How does the Active Investor Plus Visa contribute to New Zealand's economy?

This visa attracts high-net-worth individuals to invest in critical sectors, stimulating economic growth, innovation, and job creation, benefiting the country's financial landscape.

Note: Eligibility criteria are subject to government decisions and may change based on government orders. For the latest updates on policy changes, please get in touch with ICL Immigration’s licensed immigration advisers.

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