Henley and Partners, a company that helps people buy residency and citizenship through investment, told Newshub there has been a significant uptick in interest in residency in New Zealand.
A company spokesperson said there had been an 87% increase from 2018 to 2019 in the overall number of people approaching Henley and Partners about the New Zealand scheme.
The spokesperson said that jumped a further 50% in 2020 and then leveled off slightly with only a slight increase in interest in 2021.
The three nationalities most asked about New Zealand are India, Sri Lanka and the United States, followed by the Philippines and South Africa.
According to their website, there are two ways to invest in New Zealand.
Residency can be obtained by investing between $3 million for an Investor 2 resident visa and $10 million for an Investor 1 resident visa and both investments must be maintained for at least three to four years.
However, for an Investor 2 residency, applicants must be experienced business people under the age of 65 and able to speak English.
The head of private clients at Henley and Partners, Dominic Volek, told the Initiated private clients worried about the four Cs: “COVID-19, climate change, cryptocurrency and conflict”.
The company’s spokesperson told Newshub that New Zealand has become a “highly sought after” destination due to its “excellent handling” of the pandemic.
“Despite the slight plateau in 2021, it was still a record year for us in terms of the number of New Zealand applications and if they remain at the current levels we are experiencing, 2022 is on track to surpass 2021.”
The company’s website states that New Zealand offers an attractive destination for investment, business and raising a family and is one of the “most stable and well-governed nations”.