Trinity pushed state for details on future of ‘cash-for-visas’ scheme in €20m Chinese investor plan

University later discussed plan to capitalise on fears in China that IIP could be scrapped in bid to maximise earnings for multimillion-euro capital projects

Trinity persistently sought updates from the government on its plans for the controversial Immigrant Investor Programme as part of a plan to maximise its earnings through the scheme. Picture: Getty

Trinity pursued the government for updates on the fate of the controversial “cash for visas” scheme for months, as part of a private plan to maximise earnings through the programme by capitalising on fears in China that it could be scrapped.

Documents seen by the Business Post show months of back and forth emails between the university and the Department of Justice over the fate of the Immigrant Investor Programme (IIP), with officials seeking clarity ...