Investor 1 Visa & Investor 2 Visa
New Zealand truly is one of the most picturesque and photogenic places on earth. New Zealand is made up of two major land masses and a number of smaller islands including Stewart Island located in the southwestern Pacific Ocean. The two main islands are divided by a 22km stretch of water called the Cook Strait.
Investor 1 Visa & Investor 2 Visa
The country is made up of some of the world’s most spectacular landscapes, from vast mountain ranges, steaming volcanoes to sweeping coastlines. It is a natural playground for thrill seekers and adventurers and those who simply want to visit for the culture and landscapes.
New Zealand offers two residencies through investment options. The Investor 1 Visa (aka Investor Plus) requires an NZ$10m investment for 3 years, whereas the Investor 2 Visa requires a NZ$ 3m for 4 years. The Investor 1 offers more flexibility than the Investor 2. After the investment period is over, you are eligible for permanent residence. New Zealand citizenship is possible after 5 years of residence in the country.
New Zealand Crypto Environment
Cryptoassets are treated as a form of property for tax purposes. While there are different types of cryptoassets, the tax treatment depends on the characteristics and use of the cryptoassets. It does not depend on what they are called.
In most cases, cryptoassets you get from mining (such as transaction fees and block rewards) are taxable. You may also need to pay income tax on any profit you make if you later sell or exchange your mined cryptoassets.
New Zealand Dollar
U.S. (90 days)
$3 million NZD
44 days to 146 days a year
Download our free factsheet with more detailed information about this program.
Who Can Qualify?
The New Zealand golden visa offers two options for investors. Each have different set of requirements and holding period.
Investor 1 Category
- Minimum investment of NZD 10,000,000 for 3 years
For Investors 1, if they invest at least 25% of their investment into growth investment, they will gain more flexibility in terms of minimum stay requirement in New Zealand. They will be allowed to spend 88 days over the 3 years instead of 44 days in each of the last 2 years. If they invest at least 50% of their investment in growth investment, they will qualify for a NZ$ 500,000 reduction of the minimum investment.
To qualify as an investment, the capital must be able to make a commercial return, be invested in legal enterprises or managed funds and not for your personal use, for example, personal home, boat or car. Applicants may choose to invest in one asset class or a combination of asset classes. Bonds and Philanthropic Investment are not considered growth investments. The investment should not be financed.
Investor 2 Category
- Minimum investment of NZD 3,000,000 for 4 years
For Investors 2, if they invest at least 25% of their investment into growth investment, they will gain more flexibility in terms of minimum stay requirement in New Zealand. They will be allowed to spend 438 days over the 4 years instead of 146 days in each of the last 3 years. If they invest at least 50% of their investment in growth investment, they will qualify for a NZ$ 500,000 reduction of the minimum investment.
In addition, the New Zealand Investor Visa provides incentives to channel investment towards what is categorized as “growth investment”.
New Zealand offers one of the safest environments to work, live and raise family. The New Zealand Investor Visa offers a lot of flexibility to the applicant. The minimum stay requirement leading up to permanent residency enables you to decide if you want to become a tax resident in New Zealand or not. You have total control over the direction of your investment and on how to make it grow.
New Zealand also benefits from immigration and travel privileges in Australia.
Under the New Zealand Investor Visa, you can include their spouse and dependent children aged 24 years and younger in their applications.
The New Zealand residence by investment programs offer two different sets of requirements. The NZ Investor 1 or Plus, has much less requirements than the NZ Investor 2 category.
Investor 1 Category requirements:
- No maximum age limit
- No English language requirement
- A minimum stay of 88 days in each of the 3 years is required to maintain permanent residency
- No annual quota on number of visas that can be issued
Investor 2 Category requirements:
- Maximum age of primary applicant is 65 years old
- Primary applicant must be an experienced businessperson
- Applicants are required to have an English-speaking background or an International English Language Testing System test report
- A minimum stay of 438 days over 4 years is required to maintain permanent residency
- There is a quota of 400 applicants per year
New Zealand Investor Visa Application Process
The New Zealand Investor Visa Program application process takes 14 months for a decision.
- Verify eligibility
- Start client onboarding process with Global RCG.
- Global RCG helps you gather the required documents.
- Global RCG assists you to fill your application
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Access to the U.S.
The Australian passport is one of the best in the world, with visa-free travel to over 180 countries. These destinations include Europe’s Schengen Area and the U.S.
Access to the US
Australia is one of the nations listed in the U.S. visa-waiver program. In effect, this means Australian citizens can visit America for 90 without applying for a tourist visa. Australia also has E-1 and E-2 treaty agreements with the U.S. These are nonimmigrant visas that allow Australians to set up a business in the U.S.
New Zealand is one of the most tax-friendly countries of the Western world. The income tax rate is capped at 33%. The jurisdiction does not tax capital gains if made from locally traded shares. The New Zealand have a double taxation treaty with the US. Under the NZ Investor Visa, you are not required to be a tax resident in the country, even after you become a permanent resident.
If you are planning to become a tax resident in New Zealand, you should consult a professional tax planner beforehand.