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People do not usually think of New Zealand as an investment destination. However, country is rat number one for ease of doing BUSINESS by the World Bank. Transparency International ranks New Zealand highest as the world's least corrupt country. In addition, Forbes magazine put it in second place in its list of best countries for BUSINESS. Peter Thiel, billionaire venture capitalist who co-found PayPal and was an early investor in Facebook, declared in 2011 that he found no other country that align more with my view of the future than New Zealand. He invested $3 million in Xero, New Zealand accounting firm, according to the company, and $4 million in Pacific Fibre. Such advertising from prominent investors turns a lot of entrepreneurs and investors on to New Zealand. New Zealand offers two Residence-by-Investment programs for investors who want to gain residency in New Zealand-Investor Visa and Investor Plus Visa. Acceptable Investment must be able to make a commercial return, invest in lawful enterprises or manage funds, have potential to contribute to New Zealand's economy and must not be for personal use. There is a wide range of investments, including bonds, residential property development, commercial property, shares in New Zealand firms and banks, philanthropic investments and angel funds investments. Residential property development is an acceptable investment if it is a new development and has necessary approvals. Commercial property must be used for BUSINESS purposes and not be used for land banking. However, applicants may invest in empty land if plans for development are submitted to regulatory authorities and work has commence. Some transactions require consent from the Overseas Investment Office if they result in Overseas Investment in sensitive land. The definition of sensitive land is complex, with legislation defining sensitive land as several different types of land, each with an area threshold. Investor 2 Visa seekers must have $3 million NZD invested in New Zealand for four years. Additional requirements are a minimum of three years of BUSINESS experience, English language ability and maximum applicant age of 65 years. First come investors ' Expression of Interest. Every two weeks, New Zealand Immigration selects EOIs from a pool based on points allocate. Those selected will receive an invitation to apply and will have four months to submit a complete application package. During the second stage, applicant is required to submit an application with all supporting documents and pay application fee. Investors will have 12 months to transfer funds to New Zealand and invest in acceptable Investment. There is also an opportunity to come to New Zealand with work or visitor Visa to identify investment opportunities before transferring funds. Processing time is usually within 31 months, including a 12-month Investment period for applicant to complete his or her Investment in New Zealand. All investors must show that their funds or assets come from clean source of funds they name in application.

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Our specialist Investor Visa Team.

Investment categories for NZ Business Visas are for people who want to obtain residency in New Zealand through investing of funds. Investment Visas are divided into two categories: Investor Plus and Investor. Recent changes have been made to New Zealand Investor Visa policies to further recognise and reward higher levels of business experience, English language skills and growth-orient investments. Investor Visa is an option if you plan to invest a minimum of NZ $3 million over a four-year period. If you're looking to invest NZ $10 million or more, then Investor Plus Visa could be a better option. Below are the main differences between these two options. Investor Visa requires applicants to invest NZ $3 million in New Zealand over four years, to bring NZ $1 million in settlement funds and to spend at least 40 per cent of each of the last three years of investment each year here or 438 days in New Zealand over four-year investment period. Investor Category applicants must be 65 or under, have at least three years' Business experience and meet English requirements. Family members must also meet the same English requirement but may pre-purchase ESOL tuition. Investor Plus Visa requires applicants to invest a minimum of $NZ10 million in New Zealand over three years, and to spend limited time in New Zealand. If you are a businessperson planning to purchase or establish a business in New Zealand in which you will be employ, you can apply for Entrepreneur Resident Visa so you and your family can live, work and study in New Zealand indefinitely. The Entrepreneur Residence Category provides a pathway to residence for migrants to live in New Zealand permanently if they have established high growth and innovative businesses have been actively participating in this business and business contributes to New Zealands ' economic development. There are two ways of qualifying for New Zealand Residence under this policy: Entrepreneur Residence Category: you must have successfully established or purchased a business in New Zealand and been self-employ in that business for at least two years. Your business must have significantly benefit New Zealand. Entrepreneur Residence Category: faster track to Residence if you have invested at least NZ $500 000 in your business and create a minimum of three new full-time jobs for New Zealand citizens or residents. Residence is confirmed after two years. To apply under this category, applicants for Visa under the Entrepreneur Residence Category must be on an Entrepreneur Work Visa or Long-Term Business Visa under both categories of Entrepreneur Visas, You need to meet health, character and English language requirements. The Temporary Retirement Category provides for people 66 years of age or over to come and reside in New Zealand in their Retirement. Applicants must invest at least $NZ750 000 for two years, have $NZ500 000 in maintenance funds, annual income of at least $NZ60 000 and comprehensive medical insurance.

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Craig Elliott

My country of birth, New Zealand, is well known for Hobbits and sheep, but technology isn't something we're famous for. That's slowly starting to change, however with the rise of Kiwi success stories like cloud accounting vendor Xero, cloud POS vendor Vend and health records vendor Orion-there's now a vibrant tech ecosystem in New Zealand with startups, investment and more attention to tech as a possible career path. Give this attention, and the increase in ICT training occurring in country, It was interesting to hear from networking startup Pertino the other day. Pertino is one of a plethora of vendors looking to disrupt traditional networking space through decoupling what was previously tightly coupled software and hardware offerings. Pertino's founder, Craig Elliott, actually retired to New Zealand but, quickly becoming bored with the life of leisure, decided to jump back into tech in 2011 and found a company in the US. As with many technology companies, Pertino utilizes US intern programs to help increase the velocity of its development. The problem with summer intern programs, however, is that IT only works through US summer. Combine Pertino's experience with intern programs and with Elliott's New Zealand experience. Add in fact that in New Zealand the summer holiday season runs from December through February and you have a great follow sun story. Elliott started a program, InterNZ, to tap Kiwi universities for interns. Not only do they increase the scope and scale of intern program, but they also overcome the Silicon Valley talent shortage and started to build a recruiting pipeline for the future. For Kiwi engineering students, this is an opportunity that is even more valuable than internships are for US students. Being so far from the center of the technology industry means that students usually miss out on many opportunities. To counter this fact, Elliott designed a program to be a behind the scenes look at making Of Silicon Valley startup, including Ask-CEO lunches, board meeting reenactments, and executive-lead discussions about go-to-market, product, and funding strategies. Further, Pertino also provides help in securing J1 visas and social security numbers, and coordinates lodging, transportation and social events. InterNZ finished up last month and in this, its inaugural year, program covers three interns. Next year should see the initiative extended and to this end, InterNZ is working with Kiwi Landing Pad, organization that helps Kiwi technology companies with their market entry into US.

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Edmund Mah

Edmund is originally from Penang, Malaysia but spent most of his career in Singapore where he holds senior management / financial roles. He studied in Australia to secure a degree in Economics before completing an MBA in the UK. Edmund had experienced living life abroad. After attending New Zealand Investor focus seminar in Singapore, he discussed migration with Malcolm Pacific Immigration. The rest is history. Edmund was approved under the Investor Visa programme and moved his family to Auckland. He is now part of the senior team leading Evolve Education, one of Australasia's largest and leading early childhood education providers. Edmund and his family have settled quickly into New Zealand's lifestyle and our country is benefiting from his senior management expertise.

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Entrepreneur Work Visa

Points for Age

24 and under15
25-2920
30-3920
40-4920
50-5910
60 and over0

Once your Entrepreneur Work Visa has been approved by Immigration New Zealand, you will be given initial Visa for 12 months which will enable you to travel to New Zealand and buy or establish your business. After 12 months, you will have to demonstrate that you have commenced business operations as stated in your business plan. Within validity of your Start-Up stage Visa, you will have to convince the Business Migration specialist at Immigration New Zealand that investment Capital for propose Business has been transferred to New Zealand through the banking system from your bank account as stated in your business plan. You will also have to demonstrate to the satisfaction of the Business Migration specialist that you have taken reasonable steps to establish business as set out in your approved Business plan. Documents showing set up of your Business documents showing Purchase or lease for Business site Invoices for equipment and supplies, Employment agreements Bank statements, you will be granted this Visa. Once the Business Migration branch is satisfied that you have taken all the necessary steps as described above. You must be able to invest a minimum of NZ $100 000 in your proposed business and you have to demonstrate that these funds are owned by you or by you and your partner. If you own funds with your partner, your partner must support your application and business. Investment funds cannot be borrow. You will have to provide evidence that they have been earned or acquired legally. In some cases, the minimum capital investment requirement can be waive. However, only members of the management team at Business Migration Branch are entitled to make that decision. A Waiver can be considered if your proposed business is in science, ICT, or other export areas, which will bring a high level of innovation to New Zealand and have short - term high growth prospects. You must reach a minimum of 120 points on the points scale of this policy and demonstrate to the satisfaction of the Business Immigration specialist why you should be awarded the points you have claimed in your application. Point scale reflects the likely success of your proposed business and its value to New Zealand. The business plan must be no older than three months and it must contain all necessary evidence to explain and support your proposed business. It constitutes the core of your Entrepreneur Visa application and great care needs to be taken to cover all necessary aspects to ensure that your application satisfies Immigration requirements. Your business plan must cover all financial aspects of your future business, including evidence of sufficient investment and maintenance funds, cash flow forecast etc. You will have to demonstrate that you have undertaken comprehensive market Research in New Zealand and that you have business experience required for running a business in that specific area.

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Points for Capital Investment (excluding working capital)

NZ$ 1,000,00080
NZ$ 750,00060
NZ$ 500,00050
NZ$ 400,00030
NZ$ 300,00020
NZ$ 200,00010
NZ$ under 200,0000

Table

10 years +40
5 years +30
3 years +20
10 years +20
5 years +15
3 years +5
10 years +10
5 years +5

Table2

10 plus new full time positions for New Zealand citizens or residents80
5 new full time positions for New Zealand citizens or residents50
3 new full time positions for New Zealand citizens or residents30
2 new full time positions for New Zealand citizens or residents20
1 new full time position for New Zealand citizen or resident10
NZ$ 1,000,000 plus turnover80
NZ$ 750,000 plus turnover60
NZ$ 500,000 plus turnover40
NZ$ 400,000 plus turnover30
NZ$ 300,000 plus turnover20
NZ$ 200,000 plus turnover10
A credible business proposal that provides unique or new products or services to New Zealand or to a particular region.30
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Residence for entrepreneurs

Points for Age

24 and under15
25-2920
30-3920
40-4920
50-5910
60 and over0

Those interested in starting their own business in New Zealand can consider Entrepreneur Work and Residence visas. Entrepreneur Work Visa is the first step in acquiring a residence on the basis of business investment. This category requires a minimum investment of NZ $100 000, business plan, and a certain score on scale measuring busine likelihood of success and value for the country. If approve, applicants will be given a one-year startup period and two more years to run their business before applying for residency. Start-Up stage: If your application is approve, you will initially be given a 12-month Work Visa, enabling you to buy or establish your business in New Zealand. Balance stage: Once you have proven that you have taken steps to establish your business, you are granted the remaining 24 months of your Visa. Minimum Capital investment of NZ $100 000 120 points or more, with points awarded for factors about likely success of business and its value to New Zealand. The main applicant should provide a clear business plan. Clean recent history of bankruptcy, business failure, and fraud main applicant must meet health, character and English language requirements. Entrepreneur Work Visa Immigration to New Zealand Residence for entrepreneurs Entrepreneur Residence Category allows you to live in New Zealand permanently if you have established high growth and innovative business with export potential in New Zealand. There are two ways of qualifying for residence under this policy: Entrepreneur Residence Category-require you to have successfully established or Purchase business in New Zealand and have been self-employ in that business for at least two years, and for your business to have significantly benefited New Zealand. Entrepreneur Residence Category-This option provides a faster track to residence if you have invested at least NZ $500 000 in your business and have created a minimum of three new full-time jobs for New Zealand citizens or residents. Under both options, you need to meet health, character and English language requirements. Spouse and Dependent children aged 19 and below can be granted work and student visas if they are accompanying holders of Entrepreneur Work Visa to New Zealand. They can also be included in Entrepreneur Residence Visa application. If you want to know more about investment opportunities, for Canada Entrepreneur Program, Australia Entrepreneur Program, United Kingdom Entrepreneur Program, and application requirements and how to get start, please visit our website. If you have business experience gained from running your own business or holding a senior management position in business enterprise, then you can look to migrate here under the New Zealand Entrepreneur Work Visa Category. Under this Visa Category you can either buy, invest or start up your own business. The key is to clearly demonstrate the benefits your business provides New Zealand and prove your change of success. Once this business has been operating for 2 years, you are considered a successful entrepreneur and you can apply for Residence.

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Points for Capital Investment (excluding working capital)

NZ$ 1,000,00080
NZ$ 750,00060
NZ$ 500,00050
NZ$ 400,00030
NZ$ 300,00020
NZ$ 200,00010
NZ$ under 200,0000

Table

10 years +40
5 years +30
3 years +20
10 years +20
5 years +15
3 years +5
10 years +10
5 years +5

Table2

10 plus new full time positions for New Zealand citizens or residents80
5 new full time positions for New Zealand citizens or residents50
3 new full time positions for New Zealand citizens or residents30
2 new full time positions for New Zealand citizens or residents20
1 new full time position for New Zealand citizen or resident10
NZ$ 1,000,000 plus turnover80
NZ$ 750,000 plus turnover60
NZ$ 500,000 plus turnover40
NZ$ 400,000 plus turnover30
NZ$ 300,000 plus turnover20
NZ$ 200,000 plus turnover10
A credible business proposal that provides unique or new products or services to New Zealand or to a particular region.30
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Claiming points for growth investments

Age

AgePoints you can claim
Under 3020
30 to 3915
40 to 4910
50 to 595
60 to 650

The Migrant Investor programme is a residence policy for people who wish to live permanently in New Zealand. It comprise of Investor 1 and Investor 2. Person who wish to apply for residence under Investor 2 Category must first submit an Expression of Interest to Immigration New Zealand, claiming points for factors such as business experience, age and English language competency. Immigration New Zealand do fortnightly draw selecting EOIs based on points claim, then invite people with sufficient points to apply.

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Table

Years of business experiencePoints you can claim
39
412
515
618
721
824
927
1030
1133
1236
1339
1442
15+45

Table2

Investment amount (NZD $)Points you can claimInvestment amount (NZD $)Points you can claim
$3 million10$6.5 million80
$3.25 million15$6.75 million85
$3.5 million20$7 million90
$3.75 million25$7.25 million95
$4 million30$7.5 million100
$4.25 million35$7.75 million105
$4.5 million40$8 million110
$4.75 million45$8.25 million115
$5 million50$8.5 million120
$5.25 million55$8.75 million125
$5.5 million60$9 million130
$5.75 million65$9.25 million135
$6 million70$9.5 million140
$6.25 million75$9.75 million145
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Investor 1 Resident Visa applicants

Age

AgePoints you can claim
Under 3020
30 to 3915
40 to 4910
50 to 595
60 to 650

Every applicant who meets the age health, character, English Language and minimum requirements under the Points System is eligible to submit an Expression of Interest. You claim Points for your age, English Language capabilities, business experience and investment funds. Every fortnight, Immigration New Zealand selects Expressions of Interest with points score equal to or higher than Selection Point from Pool. Expressions of Interest will be selected from the Pool according to their points ranking. Only Expressions of Interest that have been selected from the Pool will undergo preliminary verification of information provided in EOI and only those applicants who have successfully passed this stage will then receive an invitation to apply for Resident Visa. You cannot directly apply for residence under this category unless you are invite. Once invited, your Application for Residence will be submitted to Immigration New Zealand along with documentation proving that you have met the requirements of Investor 2 Category and are eligible to claim a Points score in your Expression of Interest. Immigration New Zealand will assess your Application for Residence according to Government Residence policy and issue Approval in Principle. After you have obtained your Approval in Principle, you will need to evidence that funds nominated in your Application have been placed in acceptable investment in New Zealand. You have 12 months to transfer and invest your funds in New Zealand. This timeframe can be extended to 18 months in total. During this time you can also apply for work Visa so you can travel to New Zealand to look into investment opportunities. You will need to retain your investment funds in acceptable investment for four years, and spend at least 146 days each year in New Zealand in years two, three and four of your four-year investment period.

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Table

Years of business experiencePoints you can claim
39
412
515
618
721
824
927
1030
1133
1236
1339
1442
15+45

Table2

Investment amount (NZD $)Points you can claimInvestment amount (NZD $)Points you can claim
$3 million10$6.5 million80
$3.25 million15$6.75 million85
$3.5 million20$7 million90
$3.75 million25$7.25 million95
$4 million30$7.5 million100
$4.25 million35$7.75 million105
$4.5 million40$8 million110
$4.75 million45$8.25 million115
$5 million50$8.5 million120
$5.25 million55$8.75 million125
$5.5 million60$9 million130
$5.75 million65$9.25 million135
$6 million70$9.5 million140
$6.25 million75$9.75 million145
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New Zealand Permanent Residency

Age

AgePoints you can claim
Under 3020
30 to 3915
40 to 4910
50 to 595
60 to 650

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Table

Years of business experiencePoints you can claim
39
412
515
618
721
824
927
1030
1133
1236
1339
1442
15+45

Table2

Investment amount (NZD $)Points you can claimInvestment amount (NZD $)Points you can claim
$3 million10$6.5 million80
$3.25 million15$6.75 million85
$3.5 million20$7 million90
$3.75 million25$7.25 million95
$4 million30$7.5 million100
$4.25 million35$7.75 million105
$4.5 million40$8 million110
$4.75 million45$8.25 million115
$5 million50$8.5 million120
$5.25 million55$8.75 million125
$5.5 million60$9 million130
$5.75 million65$9.25 million135
$6 million70$9.5 million140
$6.25 million75$9.75 million145
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Investor 1 Category Visa

Age

AgePoints you can claim
Under 3020
30 to 3915
40 to 4910
50 to 595
60 to 650

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Table

Years of business experiencePoints you can claim
39
412
515
618
721
824
927
1030
1133
1236
1339
1442
15+45

Table2

Investment amount (NZD $)Points you can claimInvestment amount (NZD $)Points you can claim
$3 million10$6.5 million80
$3.25 million15$6.75 million85
$3.5 million20$7 million90
$3.75 million25$7.25 million95
$4 million30$7.5 million100
$4.25 million35$7.75 million105
$4.5 million40$8 million110
$4.75 million45$8.25 million115
$5 million50$8.5 million120
$5.25 million55$8.75 million125
$5.5 million60$9 million130
$5.75 million65$9.25 million135
$6 million70$9.5 million140
$6.25 million75$9.75 million145
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Benefits

Age

AgePoints you can claim
Under 3020
30 to 3915
40 to 4910
50 to 595
60 to 650

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Table

Years of business experiencePoints you can claim
39
412
515
618
721
824
927
1030
1133
1236
1339
1442
15+45

Table2

Investment amount (NZD $)Points you can claimInvestment amount (NZD $)Points you can claim
$3 million10$6.5 million80
$3.25 million15$6.75 million85
$3.5 million20$7 million90
$3.75 million25$7.25 million95
$4 million30$7.5 million100
$4.25 million35$7.75 million105
$4.5 million40$8 million110
$4.75 million45$8.25 million115
$5 million50$8.5 million120
$5.25 million55$8.75 million125
$5.5 million60$9 million130
$5.75 million65$9.25 million135
$6 million70$9.5 million140
$6.25 million75$9.75 million145
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