Your resident visa is based on your investment in New Zealand. If you choose to remove your investment, the basis for your visa will be gone. At the minimum, you are required to show INZ that your investment still meets the requirements after two years. However, during the entire period you are expected to meet the requirements of the visa. Not complying with the requirements of the visa can have very serious consequences.
Can you explain the investment maintenance part of the New Zealand investor visa?
I am curious about investing in business to get a resident permit, but the law says the money has to be maintained for a certain amount of years, depending on the amount. What happens if I pull my investment out of a business after moving to the country? Will I be deported?
If you withdraw the investment from NZ, you will not meet the requirements and will not be able to get another visa. You are not likely to be liable for deportation, but after the period for which the initial resident visa is issued, it will not be extended.
You will need to retain your investment for a minimum of three years or four years, depending which investor category you are approved under. This will be the condition of your resident visa. Once the investment period expires and you have had the visa conditions removed, you will be able to get your permanent residency and are free to withdraw your funds. There is a range of acceptable investment in this category. You should consult professionals, i.e., licensed immigration advisers/lawyers, accountants, business consultants, etc. before you commit the funds.