Investor 1 Resident Visa

This visa closed to new applications on 28 July 2022. Please consult our guidance on the Active Investor Plus Visa or, alternatively, book a personal consultation to discuss your visa options with a member of our team

If you have NZ $10 million to invest in New Zealand over a 3-year period, you can apply for New Zealand residence. If you’re granted residence you can come to New Zealand with your family and enjoy our unique lifestyle.



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.

Things to note

  • You may be able to bring your car, boat and household items to New Zealand, free of customs charges.

Application Process

  • You apply to NZ Immigration for residence
    You apply to NZ Immigration for residence


  • 02

    NZ Immigration approve your application in principle
    NZ Immigration approve your application in principle

  • You transfer your funds to New Zealand and make your investment
    You transfer your funds to New Zealand and make your investment


  • 04

    NZ Immigration grant your residence visa
    NZ Immigration grant your residence visa

Fit and proper person

You must be a fit and proper person

You must confirm in the application form that you meet fit and proper person requirements.

To be a fit and proper person, all businesses you have influence over must have complied with all immigration, employment and taxation laws. You must also:

  • have never been investigated by the Serious Fraud Office or the New Zealand police for any offence resulting from business dealings
  • have no convictions for an offence involving dishonesty
  • have never been involved in business fraud or financial impropriety.

We’ll contact you if you need to provide further information.

Investment funds

You must have NZ $10 million to invest in New Zealand for 3 years

The value you can claim for your investment funds, depends if they are owned by you, or jointly by you and another person.

If you own an investment jointly with:

  • your dependent children, you can claim the full value of the investment
  • your partner, you can claim the full value of the investment, as long as you and your partner are in a recognised partnership
  • someone who isn’t your partner or dependent child, you can only claim for the part of the investment that you own.

Evidence of your funds may include:

  • bank statements
  • title deeds
  • property valuations
  • share certificates
  • business ownership documents
  • asset valuations.

The funds and/or assets you nominate for your investment can’t be borrowed, or have a loan or bond against them.

Transfer investment funds

You must transfer your investment funds to New Zealand

You must transfer your investment funds to New Zealand.

You must transfer your investment funds directly from your bank account to New Zealand through the banking system.

If we approve your application in principle, you’ll have 12 months from that date to transfer and invest your funds.

You can apply for a temporary visa to come to New Zealand and investigate investment opportunities.

We may give you a further 12 months to transfer and invest your funds.

You’ll need to contact us before the transfer period expires and show you have made reasonable steps to transfer and invest.

Source of investment funds

You must have earned or acquired your investment funds lawfully

The evidence you provide will depend on how you came by your funds. It may include:

  • tax returns or certificates
  • pay slips
  • business financial statements
  • business shareholdings
  • dividends
  • receipts for property sales
  • bank certificates
  • share trading profits
  • evidence of gifted money
  • probate and other evidence of inherited money.

It’s OK if your alternative assets and investment includes funds that were gifted to you, as long as the gift was unconditional and lawful, and the funds were originally earned or acquired lawfully.

Acceptable investments

You must invest NZ $10 million in acceptable investments in New Zealand for a minimum of 3 years

You must provide documents from a trusted professional like a chartered accountant or solicitor that confirm:

  • your full name
  • the amount invested in NZD
  • the date you started your investment
  • the investment type
  • the names of any organisations you invested in
  • the number of shares or bonds you bought in any organisations.

If you already have funds invested in an acceptable investment in New Zealand, we can start your investment period from the time we approve your residence application in principle.

Once your funds are invested in New Zealand, it’s OK to transfer funds between acceptable investments.

Immigration fees

NZD $ 4,960

This is the fee for Immigration New Zealand to process your application.An immigration levy is payable and is included in the total amount above.


within 44 months

90% of applications are currently completed within this time. This includes a 12 month investment period for you to complete your investment in New Zealand.

Mohamed Anas Sirajur Raheem

BA (Political Studies), LLB (VUW)

Mohamed is a New Zealand Immigration Consultant with VisaEnvoy and an enrolled Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand.

He is a former New Zealand Immigration Officer (Visa Services) and Border Officer at Auckland International Airport. He has several years of experience working in various Government Departments in New Zealand and has also worked as a Licensed Immigration Adviser at a prominent New Zealand Immigration firm.

His areas of expertise and interest are in the fields of General Skilled Migration, Temporary Work (Long and Short Stay), Business visas, Partner, Parent and Child Visa streams.

Mohamed was inspired to pursue a career in immigration by his own migration experiences. Over the years he has assisted individuals, families, large corporations, Professional sportspeople, and Entertainers (singers, speakers, and actors) to come to New Zealand.

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