Despite the Covid-19 pandemic and suspension of many visa categories, Investor applications are still being accepted and processed by Immigration New Zealand. Entrepreneur Work Visa category applications are not being accepted at this time from those who are outside of New Zealand.
On 27 July 2009, the New Zealand government announced wide-sweeping changes to the investor policy, which came into effect immediately. In July 2011, there was an easing of requirements, including in the time required to be spent in New Zealand for Investor Plus applicants. From 22 May 2017, Immigration New Zealand expanded the flexibility of time required to be spent in New Zealand for Investor applicants if they invested a portion of their investment funds into growth funds.
No significant changes have been made to the Investor or Entrepreneur instructions since 2017. However, it is a focus area for the current government as part of their wider immigration review and changes can be expected in the immediate to short-term.