How an Investor Can Obtain New Zealand Citizenship

New Zealand citizenship by investment
 
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It is not possible to obtain New Zealand citizenship by investment, but there are investment residence permit programs in the country. Under their terms, applicants invest from 3 million New Zealand dollars in the country’s economy.

We will tell you why the status of a resident of New Zealand is attractive and whether you need to move to the country in order to obtain citizenship.

New Zealand investment programs

explains how to get a residence permit in New Zealand by investment

There are two investment programs in New Zealand: Investor 1 and Investor 2. Both allow you to obtain a residence permit which is a temporary residence permit in the country. Permanent residence in New Zealand or citizenship of the country cannot be obtained by direct investment.

Investment programs differ in the size of investments, the duration of their investment, the requirements for investors and for living in the country. Under the Investor 1 program, investments start from NZ $ 10 million, and under Investor 2 – from NZ $ 3 million.

One New Zealand dollar is 71 American cents. Thus, investments under the first program start from $ 7,050,200, and under the second – from $ 2,115,060.

$ 3,000,000 NZ

the minimum investment for obtaining a residence permit in New Zealand

New Zealand investment program conditions

Condition Investor 1 program Investor 2 program
Minimum investment $ 10,000,000 NZ $ 3,000,000 NZ
Ownership period 3 years 4 years
Residence permit quota No restrictions 400 residence permit cards are issued per year
Stay in New Zealand 88 days: 44 days each year for the last two years of participation in the program 584 days: 146 days each year for four years of participation in the program
Investor’s age From 18 years old 18 to 65 years old
Knowledge of English Not required At a basic level, confirmed by a certificate:
— IElTS from 3.0;
— TOEFL iBT from 31;
— PTE Academic from 29;
— FCE from 142;
— OET from D
Business experience Not required From 3 years
Period for obtaining permanent residence From 3 years From 4 years

In the application an investor can include a spouse and children under 24 years of age who are financially dependent on the main applicant.

A residence permit card is issued to an investor for the entire period of participation in the program, that is, for three or four years. In the first two years, the investor has the right to enter and leave New Zealand without restrictions.

Two years after the issuance of the residence permit card, the New Zealand Immigration Service will check whether the investor continues to meet the conditions of the program: whether the investment is retained and whether it meets the requirements for compulsory residence. If everything is in order, the investor will receive permission to continue to travel freely. If they find violations, they can cancel the residence permit, deport from the country or deny entry.

After the end of the program, the investor can obtain permanent residence in New Zealand and return the investment.

A residence permit in New Zealand allows you to live in the country without restrictions, study, work, run a business and receive free health care.

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Investment options for residence permit programs in New Zealand

To obtain a residence permit in New Zealand, you can invest in:

  • stock;
  • shares of venture and investment funds;
  • residential or commercial property;
  • capital of a New Zealand company;
  • charitable foundations.

Investments based on economic growth are investments in stocks or shares of investment and venture funds. Buying bonds is not considered an investment under the residency program.

Investing in securities allows you to obtain a residence permit in New Zealand on more favorable terms.

Incentives for investments in shares and fund units

Incentive Investor 1 program Investor 2 program
Changing the conditions of residing in the country If you invest from $ 2,500,000 NZ, you can spend the required 88 days in New Zealand at any time during three years of participation in the program If you invest from $ 750,000 NZ, you can spend less time in New Zealand: 438 days within four years of the program
Reducing the amount of investment If you invest from $ 1,500,000 NZ, the total investment amount can be reduced by half a million — up to $ 2,500,000 NZ
Investments in residential real estate involve the construction of objects,
e.g. residential complexes or neighborhoods, with a high level of investor involvement in the process. When submitting an application, the investor provides:
  • Business plan of the project.
  • Contracts with a construction company and subcontractors.
  • Required permits obtained from local authorities.
  • Work schedule, marketing plans.
  • Payment schedule, if the money will not be paid immediately, but in parts.
Investments in commercial real estate involve the purchase of commercial properties or land for commercial development. If an investor plans to build a new facility, he needs to submit a project plan and obtain permission from the state. The costs of obtaining permits are not included in the investment amount.

Not suitable for real estate investments:
buying real estate for reconstruction;
buying a home for yourself and your family;
buying real estate for rent.
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A business investment is an equity investment in a New Zealand company, which under the terms of the program must be wholly owned by a foreign company. Investors provide information about the scope of the company and what the investment will be spent on.

Donations to charity. No more than 15% of the total investment can be invested in charitable foundations. For investments to be counted:

  • the charitable foundation must work for at least two years;
  • a nonprofit organization must be approved by a visa manager and provide social, cultural or economic benefits.
Up to 15%

of the investment amount can be donated to charity

What documents do investors need

Investors must submit the following documents to apply for the New Zealand Residency by Investment Program:

  1. Originals or certified copies of passport and birth certificate.
  2. Marriage certificate.
  3. Birth certificates of children.
  4. Certificate of absence of tax arrears.
  5. Certificate of no criminal record.
  6. Documents confirming the availability of the required amount to participate in the investment program and the legality of its receipt.
  7. Two photographs 3 × 4.

The investor needs to undergo a medical examination by a doctor who can send an official opinion to New Zealand. You can find the nearest doctor on the official website of the program.

How else can you get a residence permit in New Zealand

In addition to investing in the country’s economy, there are other reasons for obtaining a residence permit in New Zealand and immigration to the country:

  • admission to a New Zealand university or language school;
  • job invitation;
  • starting or buying a business in New Zealand;
  • marriage with a resident or citizen of the country;
  • family reunion.
Student residence permit is issued to students who enroll in a New Zealand university or language school. This type of residence permit is obtained for the entire period of study in New Zealand – it is valid for up to four years.

Temporary work visas are issued to graduates of New Zealand universities for a period of one to three years. If during the validity period of the visa you managed to find a job, you can apply for a permanent work visa.

A permanent work visa can be obtained by people under the age of 55. Applicants fill out a questionnaire, according to which the immigration officer assesses the professional skills of the candidate. Points are awarded for work experience, skill level, and knowledge of the English language. The minimum passing score is 100, but in each case the decision is made individually. You can estimate your chances using the points calculator.

A temporary business visa is issued to those who are ready to create or buy a business in New Zealand and invest from $ 70,000 in it. Also, the candidate will need to confirm that he has never been involved in financial fraud.

To apply for a visa, you need to fill out a form and score at least 120 points. The questionnaire evaluates the size of the investment, the experience of doing business, the location of the company, its benefits for New Zealand, etc. You can calculate the number of points using a special calculator.

A permanent business visa can be obtained after two years of living in New Zealand on a temporary business visa. Permanent residence can be obtained earlier if you invest in the company from $ 350,000 and create three jobs in New Zealand.

A residence permit through marriage can be obtained by entering into a relationship with a resident or citizen of New Zealand. The application is considered up to 11 months for New Zealand citizenship by marriage: this time is needed to check if the relationship is fictitious. Immigration to New Zealand through a fictitious marriage is illegal.

If the partners have been together for more than five years, you can immediately apply for permanent residence. In other cases, permanent residence can be obtained after two years of living in New Zealand on a temporary visa.
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When can one get a New Zealand passport?

Investors can apply for New Zealand citizenship after five years of living in the country in the status of a residence permit or permanent residence. In order for the application to be approved, the investor confirms that he was in the country at least:

  • 240 days each year, eight months equivalent;
  • 1,350 days over the past five years is an average of 270 days a year, or around nine months.
After 5 years

of residency in New Zealand, citizenship can be obtained

In New Zealand, it is allowed to have a second citizenship: when obtaining citizenship of the country, you do not need to give up your first citizenship.

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Benefits of living in New Zealand

New Zealand is ranked ninth in the United Nations ranking of the happiest countries. The state provides social protection to residents and effectively fights corruption. The country has a high life expectancy of 82 years.

The cost of living. The national average income is about $ 2,800 per month after taxes. People living alone spend about $ 900 a month on living. A family of four costs an average of $ 3400.

A third of the New Zealand population rents housing, which increases costs by one and a half to two times more. Depending on the proximity to the city center, the cost of renting a one‑room apartment varies from $ 850 to $ 1,100 and for a three‑room apartment, $ 1,500 to $ 1,800.

Work and business. New Zealand has a low unemployment rate of 4%. The state creates comfortable conditions for doing business, helps private production and protects the rights and freedoms of its citizens. New Zealand ranks second in the ranking of countries with a high level of economic freedom.

New Zealand has no capital gains, gift taxes, inheritance taxes, property, land or transport taxes. Companies pay income tax at a rate of 28% and value added tax at a rate of 15%. Individual entrepreneurs pay income tax at the same rates as individuals: the tax is calculated on a progressive scale from 10.5 to 39%.

Standard & Poor’s has rated the country’s 2021 credit rating at AA+. This means that New Zealand’s economy is stable and is quickly recovering from the pandemic.

Safety. New Zealand is ranked tenth in the ranking of the safest countries. This means that the country has a high level of personal safety for residents, the state is effectively fighting the coronavirus, and the occurrence of unrest and wars is unlikely.

Climate. New Zealand has a subtropical maritime climate with high humidity and frequent rains, with an average of 137 rainy days per year.

The change of seasons is not very pronounced: the average temperature in winter is +10°С, in summer – +18°С. Since the country is located in the Southern Hemisphere, the seasons are opposite to the European ones: the warmest month is January, and the coldest month is July.

Cleanness. New Zealand has an image of a “green” country. Public outreach policies are effective as New Zealanders are responsible for the segregated collection of waste and keep the city streets clean. If residents see household rubbish on the street, they will not pass by, but will pick it up and carry it to public bins.

Parenting. Wellington, the capital of New Zealand, ranked third among the best cities for parenting. There are many parks for walking, low air pollution, and enough schools for comfortable learning in small classes.

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Visa‑free travel with a New Zealand passport

The New Zealand passport is ranked seventh in the world passport ranking. It is used to travel without visas to the UK, Australia, Japan, Hong Kong and 183 other countries. This list also includes countries that issue visas on arrival when crossing the border.

187 countries

can be visited without a visa with a citizens passport of New Zealand

New Zealand citizens receive an electronic entry permit before traveling to the United States or Canada. With the help of it, they check whether the traveler poses a danger to the inhabitants of the country. For example, questionnaires usually ask about convictions or events of deportation.

List of Visa Free Countries for New Zealand Citizens

No.

Country

Entry requirements

1

Armenia

Visa‑free

2

Bahrein

Visa on arrival

3

Bangladesh

Visa on arrival

4

Brunei

Visa‑free

5

Cambodia

Visa on arrival

6

Georgia

Visa‑free

7

Hong Kong

Visa‑free

8

Indonesia

Visa‑free

9

Iran

Visa on arrival

10

Iraq

Visa‑free

11

Israel

Visa‑free

12

Japan

Visa‑free

13

Jordan

Visa on arrival

14

Kazakhstan

Visa‑free

15

Kuwait

Visa on arrival

16

Kyrgyzstan

Visa‑free

17

Laos

Visa on arrival

18

Lebanon

Visa on arrival

19

Macao

Visa‑free

20

Malaysia

Visa‑free

21

Maldives

Visa on arrival

22

Myanmar

Visa on arrival

23

Nepal

Visa on arrival

24

Oman

Visa‑free

25

Pakistan

E‑entry permit

26

Palestine 

Visa‑free

27

Philippines

Visa‑free

28

Qatar

Visa‑free

29

Saudi Arabia

Visa on arrival

30

Singapore

Visa‑free

31

South Korea

Visa‑free

32

Sri Lanka

E‑entry permit

33

Taiwan

Visa‑free

34

Tajikistan

Visa on arrival

35

Thailand

Visa‑free

36

Timor‑Leste

Visa on arrival

37

Turkey

Visa‑free

38

UAE

Visa‑free

39

Uzbekistan

Visa‑free

No.

Country

Entry requirements

1

Botswana

Visa‑free

2

Burkina Faso

Visa on arrival

3

Cape Verde 

Visa on arrival

4

Comoros

Visa on arrival

5

Egypt

Visa on arrival

6

Eswatini

Visa‑free

7

Ethiopia

Visa on arrival

8

Gambia

Visa‑free

9

Guinea‑Bissau

Visa on arrival

10

Kenya

Visa on arrival

11

Lesotho

Visa‑free

12

Madagascar

Visa on arrival

13

Malawi

Visa on arrival

14

Mauritania

Visa on arrival

15

Mauritius

Visa‑free

16

Mayotte

Visa‑free

17

Morocco

Visa‑free

18

Mozambique

Visa on arrival

19

Namibia

Visa‑free

20

Reunion

Visa‑free

21

Rwanda

Visa on arrival

22

Saint Helena Island

Visa on arrival

23

Senegal

Visa‑free

24

Seychelles

Visa on arrival

25

Sierra Leone

Visa on arrival

26

Somalia

Visa on arrival

27

South Africa

Visa‑free

28

Tanzania

Visa on arrival

29

Togo

Visa on arrival

30

Tunisia

Visa‑free

31

Uganda

Visa on arrival

32

Zambia

Visa on arrival

33

Zimbabwe

Visa on arrival

No.

Country

Entry requirements

1

Albania

Visa‑free

2

Andorra

Visa‑free

3

Austria

Visa‑free

4

Belarus

Visa‑free

5

Belgium

Visa‑free

6

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Visa‑free

7

Bulgaria

Visa‑free

8

Croatia

Visa‑free

9

Cyprus

Visa‑free

10

Czech Republic

Visa‑free

11

Denmark

Visa‑free

12

Estonia

Visa‑free

13

Faroe Islands

Visa‑free

14

Finland

Visa‑free

15

France

Visa‑free

16

Germany

Visa‑free

17

Gibraltar

Visa‑free

18

Greece

Visa‑free

19

Greenland

Visa‑free

20

Hungary

Visa‑free

21

Iceland

Visa‑free

22

Ireland

Visa‑free

23

Italy

Visa‑free

24

Kosovo

Visa‑free

25

Latvia

Visa‑free

26

Liechtenstein

Visa‑free

27

Lithuania

Visa‑free

28

Luxembourg

Visa‑free

29

Malta

Visa‑free

30

Moldova

Visa‑free

31

Monaco

Visa‑free

32

Montenegro

Visa‑free

33

Netherlands

Visa‑free

34

North Macedonia

Visa‑free

35

Norway

Visa‑free

36

Poland

Visa‑free

37

Portugal

Visa‑free

38

Romania

Visa‑free

39

San Marino

Visa‑free

40

Serbia

Visa‑free

41

Slovakia

Visa‑free

42

Slovenia

Visa‑free

43

Spain

Visa‑free

44

Sweden

Visa‑free

45

Switzerland

Visa‑free

46

Ukraine

Visa‑free

47

United Kingdom

Visa‑free

48

Vatican

Visa‑free

No.

Country

Entry requirements

1

American Samoa

Visa‑free

2

Australia

Visa‑free

3

Cook Islands

Visa‑free

4

Fiji

Visa‑free

5

French Polynesia

Visa‑free

6

Guam

Visa‑free

7

Kiribati

Visa‑free

8

Marshall Islands

Visa‑free

9

Micronesia

Visa‑free

10

New Caledonia

Visa‑free

11

Niue

Visa‑free

12

Northern Mariana Islands

Visa‑free

13

Palau Islands

Visa on arrival

14

Papua New Guinea

Visa‑free

15

Samoa

Visa on arrival

16

Solomon Islands

Visa‑free

17

Tonga

Visa on arrival

18

Tuvalu

Visa on arrival

19

Vanuatu

Visa‑free

No.

Country

Entry requirements

1

Anguilla

Visa‑free

2

Antigua and Barbuda

Visa‑free

3

Bahamas

Visa‑free

4

Barbados

Visa‑free

5

Belize

Visa‑free

6

Bermuda

Visa‑free

7

British Virgin Islands

Visa‑free

8

Canada

E‑entry permit

9

Cayman Islands

Visa‑free

10

Costa Rica

Visa‑free

11

Dominica

Visa‑free

12

Dominican Republic

Visa‑free

13

El Salvador

Visa‑free

14

French West Indies

Visa‑free

15

Grenada

Visa‑free

16

Guatemala

Visa‑free

17

Haiti

Visa‑free

18

Honduras

Visa‑free

19

Jamaica

Visa‑free

20

Mexico

Visa‑free

21

Montserrat

Visa‑free

22

Nicaragua

Visa‑free

23

Panama

Visa‑free

24

Puerto Rico

E‑entry permit

25

Saint Kitts and Nevis

Visa‑free

26

Saint Lucia

Visa‑free

27

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

Visa‑free

28

Sint Maarten

Visa‑free

29

Trinidad and Tobago

Visa on arrival

30

Turks and Caicos

Visa‑free

31

USA

E‑entry permit

32

United States Virgin Islands

E‑entry permit

No.

Country

Entry requirements

1

Argentina

Visa‑free

2

Aruba

Visa‑free

3

Bolivia

Visa‑free

4

Brazil

Visa‑free

5

Caribbean Netherlands

Visa‑free

6

Chile

Visa‑free

7

Colombia

Visa‑free

8

Curacao

Visa‑free

9

Ecuador

Visa‑free

10

Falkland Islands

Visa‑free

11

French Guiana

Visa‑free

12

Guyana

Visa‑free

13

Paraguay

Visa on arrival

14

Peru

Visa‑free

15

Uruguay

Visa‑free

16

Venezuela

Visa‑free

In which countries do investors get citizenship faster than New Zealand?

There are citizenship programs for investors only in some countries. Using them, you can get a passport in a period of one month or more. Second citizenship allows you to travel without visas, to equip a “safe haven” in another country, optimize taxes and open a company abroad.

Vanuatu is an island country in the Pacific Ocean, which is located three thousand kilometers north of New Zealand. Here citizenship can be obtained remotely within a period of one month.

The Vanuatu Investment Program is the fastest route to second passport and visa free travel. Investment amount is $ 130,000. Investors visit 135 countries without visas, including all countries in the Schengen area.

Caribbean countries also issue passports to investors. Citizenship programs operate in five countries:

The passport of a Caribbean country is obtained remotely within two months. For this, they invest from $ 100,000: this is the minimum investment amount in citizenship programs of Dominica, Antigua and Barbuda and Saint Lucia.

$ 100,000

minimum investment for obtaining a second citizenship

The application can include a husband or wife, children, parents, grandparents, brothers and sisters. No family member needs to take language or culture exams. In most cases, you do not need to visit the country either.

Investors with Caribbean passports travel to 140+ countries whilst optimizing taxation and opening companies abroad.

Malta offers investors the opportunity to obtain citizenship by naturalization for exceptional merit through direct investment.

The minimum investment amount is € 690,000. Applicants buy or rent real estate, donate to a government fund and make a charitable donation. The term for obtaining citizenship is one or three years in the status of a resident.

The opportunities of a Maltese passport are comparable to a New Zealand passport. Maltese citizens travel without a visa to 186 countries around the world, including those in the Schengen, the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada, Australia, Japan and Singapore. They can settle in Malta or another European country and open a company, find a job, get an education and use the medical services at discounted prices.

Frequently Asked Questions

You cannot obtain New Zealand citizenship by direct investment. However, a passport can be obtained after five years of living in New Zealand with a residence permit. To obtain resident status, the investor participates in one of the programs for obtaining a residence permit in New Zealand.

Investors receive New Zealand citizenship after five years of living in the country in resident status with either a residence permit or a permanent residence card.

To obtain New Zealand citizenship, you need to spend a lot of time in the country. For five years, the investor needs to spend at least 240 days each year in New Zealand, or at least 1,350 days in total.

A child at birth receives New Zealand citizenship only if at least one of his parents has permanent residence status in New Zealand or citizenship of the country.

For residents, childbirth and pregnancy in New Zealand will be inexpensive: the work of a midwife is paid by the state, tests are carried out free of charge, future parents pay 20‑30% of the cost for ultrasounds and vitamins for pregnant women.

Two investment residency programs operate in New Zealand. One invests from 3 million New Zealand dollars, and on the other, 10 million. Programs also differ in the requirements for the investor in terms of residence in the country and the timing of obtaining permanent residence.

Investors have several options: participants in programs for obtaining a residence permit New Zealand invest in real estate, business, securities and also donate money to charitable foundations.

Investing in real estate involves investing money in residential property, commercial construction or the purchase of commercial premises for starting a business.

Business investment involves investing in the equity capital of a New Zealand company.

Investing in securities is the purchase of shares or units of venture funds. Buying bonds is not considered an investment.

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