Overall, New Zealand approved 77 category 1 and 168 category 2 applications in the fiscal year 2018-19. Since opening in 2008, the two investor visa categories have raised a combined NZ$6.07 billion (US$4.1 billion).
Taken together, the two tracks saw a slight decline in revenue on the previous year, raising investments worth NZ$1.27 billion compared to NZ$1.29 in 2017-18 but, taken separately, the program’s two categories show wide divergence in terms of performance. Owing to its doubling in price last year, approvals for category 2 are down a drastic 35%, but the more expensive category 1 is up by 48%.
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Chinese nationals remain the principal applicant constituency, accounting for a cumulative 65% of approved applications (and 70% of those declined) among the two categories. Americans, meanwhile, have received 7% of investor visas to date, while British and Japanese have taken possession of 5.3% and 2.6% of visas, respectively.
New Zealand’s investor visas remain among the world’s most restrictive as it continues to reject about a third of all applicants. During the last 12 months, authorities declined the applications of 22% of category 1 investors and 35% of those in category 2, thereby foregoing a potential NZ$490 million worth of investments.
But rejection rates vary widely among nationalities too; while only 17% of Indonesians and 18% of Singaporeans saw their applications turned down, 41% of South Africans and 38% of Malaysians met the same disappointment.
Christian Henrik Nesheim is the founder and editor of Investment Migration Insider, the #1 magazine – online or offline – for residency and citizenship by investment. He is an internationally recognized expert, speaker, documentary producer, and writer on the subject of investment migration, whose work is cited in the Economist, Bloomberg, Fortune, Forbes, Newsweek, and Business Insider. Norwegian by birth, Christian has spent the last 16 years in the United States, China, Spain, and Portugal.