12 months is the answer.
How early can I invest under the New Zealand investor 2 resident visa?
I am preparing to invest in the New Zealand investor 2 resident visa. I have the required funds and assets ready in hand and have already come up with a portfolio in New Zealand. I learned that most of the time after the approval in principal, investors have up to 12 years to actually put money in the acceptable investment project. Can I invest early and shorten this process?
It is 12 months, not 12 years, that you have to invest your designated funds in acceptable NZ investment schemes.
As soon as your investor 2 visa application has been approved, you can invest in New Zealand. The four-year investment period will start at the moment your money has been invested in acceptable investments. There is also a possibility to already invest in New Zealand before the approval in principle is received. The start date of the four-year investment period will then, however, not be the actual investment date (in acceptable investments), but the date of the AIP.