Dependent Child Resident

New Zealand immigration policies are supportive of families remaining together and provides for dependent children of a qualifying sponsor to apply for a Child Resident Visa.

Applicants must be 24 years old or younger, have no children of their own, be completely dependent on their parents for financial support and be the child of an eligible sponsor before they can apply for a visa under this category.

As with all other categories, applicants must be able to comply with the health and character requirements as set out in New Zealand immigration policy.

For the last 13 years New Zealand has been in the top 10 least corrupt countries as determined by Transparency International, and for much of that time was ranked #1. In 2016 the World Bank ranked New Zealand #1 for the “Ease of doing business” ahead of countries such as Singapore, Denmark, Hong Kong, the USA and the UK.

Immigration New Zealand (INZ) has developed a category of visa that is aimed at those people who want to start new businesses or to purchase existing businesses. This category, known as the Entrepreneur Work Visa allows those people with business skills and finances, to migrate to New Zealand and to use New Zealand as the base from which to build their wealth.

This category suits people who have extensive skills, experience and contacts to assist them with growing a business and who either have limited funds or prefer to limit their investment.

Lasting a maximum of 3 years, there are 2 stages:

  1. Start-up stage

This phase allows the visa holder to buy or establish a business in New Zealand. INZ understands that during this phase not all businesses will be doing well and limits the first stage of the visa to 1 year.

  1. Balance stage

This stage of the visa lasts 2 years and requires that the visa holder provide information that shows that the visa holder is actively engaged in building the business and that the finances required to fund it have been transferred to New Zealand.

Approval for an Entrepreneur Work Visa requires the applicant to do the following:

  • Invest a minimum of NZD$100,000.00 in the venture (unless INZ waives this requirement);
  • Be able to get a minimum of 120 points, with points being awarded for the applicants age, how much money is being invested in New Zealand, prior work experience that is relevant to the business involved, and business location factors;
  • Have a robust business plan in place for the business;
  • To be able to show that they have not been involved in a bankruptcy or business failure for at least the 5 years prior to making the application;
  • To have not been involved in any business fraud or financial wrongdoing of any sort; and
  • Meet all health, character and English Language requirements.

Once the business has been established the holder of the Entrepreneur Work Visa can apply for a Residence Visa after spending a minimum of XXX years.

Holders can also apply for immediate family members to be included in the visa.

INZ gives priority to those applicants whose proposal is for a high growth, innovative or export focussed activity.

  1. Investor 2 Resident Visa

Requirements include that the applicant:

  • Have NZD$1,500,000.00 in cash and assets available to invest in acceptable investments in New Zealand for a period of at least 4 years;
  • Have NZD$1,000,000.00 in settlement funds to support yourself (and family) on top of the investment funds;
  • Be under 65 years of age;
  • Speak English (including any family included in the visa application);
  • Have a minimum of 3 years recognised business experience;
  • Be able to prove that their finances were lawfully obtained;
  • Be able to prove their identity to the satisfaction of INZ;
  • Comply with travel restrictions for the duration of the visa; and
  • Meet minimum health and character requirements, and be a fit and proper person.

Both visa types allow family to be included but they must meet minimum health and character requirements. Both visa types have minimum requirements in respect of time spent in New Zealand during the duration of the visa.

There is no limit to the number of applications for an Investor 1 Resident Visa, but Investor 2 Resident Visa applications are limited to 300 per year.

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