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Migrating is more than just filling in forms and submitting paperwork; its a complex process that will test even the most resilient of people. Understanding Australia & New Zealand at a grass-roots level is paramount to your immigration survival, and to give you a realistic view of both countries, its people and how we see the world, as well as updates about any current or imminent policy changes, subscribe to our regular blog posts by entering your details below.

Southern Man: Parent category reopening

Posted by Iain on Oct. 10, 2019, 11:38 a.m. in Parent Category

Earlier this week the government announced that they are going to reopen the category for parents that they "temporarily" closed three years ago. Our inboxes have been filling up with people excitedly thinking the door is opening again and they bring their parents to New Zealand but sadly the truth (as usual) is not quite as exciting as the headlines.

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Tags: parent visa

Southern Man: Is the Skilled Migrant pass mark set to increase?

Posted by Iain on Oct. 4, 2019, 3:20 p.m. in Skilled Migrant Category

Of late, and very publicly, the Immigration Department has been blaming the blow out in Skilled Migrant Resident Visa processing times to a surge in demand and a massive inflow of applications. I cannot help thinking that they are softening up the Minister of Immigration to increase to the skilled migrant pass mark from 160 to give themselves some breathing space to process the ever increasing backlogs that they have created.

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Australia Blog: Australia wants Tradesmen (from November)

Posted by Myer on Sept. 27, 2019, 3:28 p.m. in Australia

Tradesmen or Tradies as they are known in Australia are going to be one of the types of occupations to be major beneficiaries from some of the changes to be made to general skilled migration visa policy on 16 November. Three weeks of consultations in South Africa have made it abundantly clear that it will be easier for Tradies to qualify for state-sponsored regional (work to residence) visas in Australia.

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Tags: Australia

Southern Man: 'Employer Focussed' Work Visa Explained

Posted by Iain on Sept. 20, 2019, 3:19 p.m. in Work Visa

The new, so called ‘Employer led work visa’, set to replace 6 different types of work visa by 2021, was announced this week and has different interest groups either applauding or frothing at the mouth.

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Tags: work visa

**Newsflash Southern Man: Changes to Talent Visa Requirements

Posted by Iain on Sept. 17, 2019, 3:11 p.m. in Immigration New Zealand

Right about now keyboard warriors across Facebook, Twitter, migrant chat group and forums will be lighting up with the news that the Government is making a significant change to accredited employer/talent visa policy on or about 7 October. Teeth will be gnashing. Uninformed opinions will be flying. No doubt the ‘media headlines will scream ‘Government making it tougher for migrant workers to secure work visas’ (Government loves those sorts of headlines even when it isn’t true).

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Tags: work visa

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