The National Party has announced that they will introduce a new visa category to allow parents and grandparents of migrants to visit their family in New Zealand. Under the current settings, limited options are available for visiting children or grandchildren, resulting in skilled people leaving the country. The Parent Visa Boost will be a multiple-entry visa valid for five years, which can be renewed for a further five years. Sponsored by their children or grandchildren, those on the visa will not be eligible for NZ superannuation or other entitlements and will require health insurance during their stay.
The introduction of the Parent Visa Boost is aimed at attracting and retaining skilled migrants in New Zealand, offering them better options to integrate and have access to childcare, as well as providing stability and emotional support. Erica Stanford, National's immigration spokesperson, stated that it is essential to have sensible solutions to make New Zealand more attractive without burdening taxpayers. Countries with pro-parent visa options are more appealing than New Zealand, and if the immigration settings are right, the country can retain skilled migrants.
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