Immigrants' older parents with $1m to invest get priority
By Audrey Young
4:00 AM Thursday Mar 11, 2010

Wealthy older parents of settled immigrants will be given priority to retire here if they are rich enough to invest $1 million over four years.

They will have to have good health but will not need to have health insurance. As permanent residents they will be eligible for health and welfare assistance.

But in that respect they will be no different from the maximum 3440 parents already allowed to settle each year under the Family Parent Category.

The new wealthy parent applicants - who will be given priority over parents seeking family reunification - will be counted within the limits of the present family parent category.

The Government will allow another set of ageing wealthy visitors aged over 65 to live in New Zealand for two years at a time on a temporary visa if they invest $750,000 and have comprehensive health insurance.

National promised a retirement visa in its election manifesto but promised that the successful applicants would not be a drain on the health or welfare system.

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