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How New Zealand’s Businesses Can Benefit from the Active Investor Plus (AIP) Direct Investment Programme

New Zealand’s Active Investor Plus (AIP) Programme offers a unique opportunity for high-net-worth investors seeking residency in this beautiful country through significant economic contributions. 

This initiative is designed to grow New Zealand’s economy by attracting foreign investment directly into local enterprises, managed funds, and other economic activities that meet specific criteria. It’s also a great opportunity for businesses in New Zealand to connect with these investors to secure the funding they need for growth and development. 

An Overview of the Active Investor Plus Visa

The AIP visa is part of New Zealand’s broader strategy to stimulate economic growth by engaging foreign investors in the local economy. The programme encourages investments that directly impact the economy, aligning with New Zealand’s goals of sustainable and inclusive growth. This visa category is particularly appealing because it not only facilitates the residency process but also maximises the impact of foreign investments on the national economy.

For successful applicants, there are four areas of investment available — Direct Investment, Managed Funds, Listed Equities and Philanthropy. For our purposes, we’re going to focus on the first of those categories, Direct Investment. 

All of these paths, but the Direct Investment fund in particular, are meant to aid New Zealand in accomplishing strategic economic goals across its whole economy, promoting job creation and innovation in the process. 

As explained in a recent update on the programme from the government:

With focus areas such as deep tech, renewable energy and agri-tech, and including companies with more established market positions, the funds represent opportunities to invest into some of our most disruptive, globally ambitious companies and entrepreneurs. The approved companies also represent a diverse range of investment options; from consumer goods to technology, tourism to manufacturing, there is now a great array of exciting companies for AIP applicants to invest in and help grow.

Eligibility and Investment Requirements

To qualify for an AIP visa, individuals must invest a substantial sum. This investment must be maintained for a minimum period, usually three years, ensuring a long-term commitment to the country’s economic development. The programme is structured to favour investments that offer the most substantial benefits to New Zealand, including those in sectors critical to the country’s strategic interests like technology, infrastructure, and renewable energy. 

The structure of the Direct Investment path makes it more attractive to investors because it gives the highest “weighting” to investment funds. For every dollar invested in eligible businesses, three dollars’ worth of credit is given towards satisfying the requirements of the visa. This means an initial investment of NZ$5m is treated like an investment of NZ$15m.  

Who can receive AIP funds?

AIP investment funds can only be directed toward local businesses that have been certified after an assessment from New Zealand Trade and Enterprise (NZTE). Being designated as an acceptable investment for the AIP programme gives these businesses a fantastic opportunity for investment, growth, and success.

In order for a New Zealand-based business to participate in the AIP programme as an object for investment, they must meet certain conditions. The primary rules include:

    • Being a New Zealand resident entity
    • Developing an enterprise that will “attract skilled and experienced active investors to help build globally successful New Zealand businesses that align with Government’s objectives”
    • Certification as an acceptable investment for AIP funds via an acceptable investment letter of confirmation from NZTE

A business designated by NZTE as an acceptable investment will receive an acceptable investment letter of confirmation from NZTE. An AIP investor who invests in that Investment Entity must provide that letter to Immigration New Zealand (“INZ”) as evidence to demonstrate that their investment is considered “acceptable” in accordance with the provisions of the visa.

Opportunity starts with being AIP-certified 

Investors aren’t the only ones who benefit from the AIP program. New Zealand-based businesses receiving those investment funds are also in a great position to attract the resources they need for further growthAny company in New Zealand that is in search of investment should be interested in the AIP Programme. 

Joorney can help companies achieve acceptable direct investment status with the documentation needed to satisfy NZTE, including financial forecasts, balance sheets, investor information packages, pitch decks, and more. We work directly with companies or through their representatives and advisors.

Reach out today and learn more about how we can help local businesses meet the criteria set by Immigration New Zealand and the growth objectives behind the AIP visa programme. Set up a discovery call and learn how small businesses can connect with investment funds by getting certification from NZTE.

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Disclaimer: Joorney Business Plans is not a law firm nor an immigration consulting firm, and no information provided in this document should be considered as legal advice or recommendation regarding any immigration application programme. All information provided in this document should be verified by a licensed or certified immigration professional before the reader can act on this information. As such, it is understood that Joorney Business Plans Inc. shall not be liable for any loss or damage of whatever nature (direct, indirect, consequential, or other), whether arising in contract, tort, or otherwise, which may arise as a result of your use of (or inability to use) this document, or from your use of (or failure to use) the information on this document.

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