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RETIREMENT

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RETIREMENT

Postby shelagh » Thu 6 Aug 2009 18:38 GMT

CAN ANYONE ADVISE PLEASE, I AM MEETING A BRICK WALL ON INFORMATION AS TO WHETHER I A (57YR FEMALE) AND MY 55YR OLD HUSBAND CAN RETIRE TO NZ?? MY LAST BLOOD RELATIVE, MY BROTHER LIVES IN WAIKANAE AND I LIVED IN NZ IN MY 20S! WE HAVE TWO HOMES TO SELL HERE, AND EACH HAVE TWO PENSIONS, SO WILL BE COMFORTABLE FINANCIALLY, AND ALTHOUGH I HAVE MET MANY PEOPLE IN MY NUMEROUS VISITS TO NZ, WHO HAVE RETIRED THERE, I CAN FIND NO ADVISE ON THE MATTER. I HAVE JUST RECEIVED AN EMAIL RESPONSE FROM THE NZ WEB SITE THAT THERE IS NO RETIREMENT VISA!!!! HAS ANYONE ANY INFORMATION PLEASE??
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Postby Dave » Thu 6 Aug 2009 19:05 GMT

Hi, and welcome. Hope you get an answer to your question soon.

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Postby Toonster » Fri 7 Aug 2009 12:47 GMT

Hi Shelagh,

Welcome to the forums :-)

I presume that you didn't have a PR visa when you lived in NZ thirty years ago? (I don't know how the visas have changed over the years)

I've had a quick look on the Immigrate NZ website, and it is very confusing, I confess!

Unfortunately, there isn't a specific visa to go out to NZ to retire; there has been talk of creating one, but at the moment, it is just political hot-air!

If your brother is an NZ resident, then he could be able to sponsor you:
http://www.immigration.govt.nz/migrant/ ... lingchild/
However, you would need to have a job out there as well (i.e. you would need to work for a few years before retiring).

Unfortunately, looking at these examples, I think that your age may count against you:
http://www.immigration.govt.nz/migrant/ ... /examples/

Another route that you could go down is an investment route, if you have enough...

http://www.immigration.govt.nz/migrant/ ... nvestment/

(According to www.xe.com, 1,000,000.00 NZD = 403,890.01 GBP; 1,500,000.00 NZD = 605,381.192 GBP; so if your house sales and savings give you over £1m, then you could try for this visa)

It might be worth your husband trying for PR, with you as the secondary applicant, as long as you can get the full process done before he turns 56 (the maximum age for PR is 55) - you can try the Quick Points checklist on this page:
http://www.immigration.govt.nz/migrant/ ... edmigrant/
to see if you would get the required number of points (minimum is 100, but to have a chance of having your EOI drawn quickly, you would probably need at least 115)

I'm afraid, otherwise, it looks like you might have difficulty :(
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