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Southern Man: When Do the Heads Start to Roll?

Posted by Iain on Feb. 15, 2019, 4:52 p.m. in Immigration

How interesting that in my discussion with a senior official last week, when I asked how they are prioritising work visas, the first criteria was more closely vetting the employer! Hang on a minute I thought, the government only released a discussion paper proposing that in December, they haven't yet completed the consultation period with ‘stakeholders’, let alone had the Government sign anything off, we have had no changes to the rulebook, yet I am being told that in effect the policy is already in place? The whole process is a shambles. At a time when New Zealand has never needed skilled migrants more and ironically this government relies on bringing enough skilled workers to deliver on its (dumb) promises to build 100,000 affordable houses over 10 years or reduce class sizes by finding 900 teachers, they remain controlled by an immigration department that continues to overpromise and under deliver.

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Southern Man: Parent Category - What To Do With It

Posted by Iain on Feb. 8, 2019, 2:10 p.m. in Parent Category

The Government announced last week that they were "hoping" to make a decision on what they're going to do with one of the two parent category residence pathways by the middle of this year. Hoping? They don’t have a plan? A little over two years ago, the then Government, ‘temporarily’ closed the category most commonly used by parents to join their migrant children. Although they justified it at the time by saying there were more than enough applications in the system to fill the next two or three years’ worth of annual quota, I think the real truth was that the government was looking to as quickly as possible get net migration figures back down to a more historical norm as political pressures grew. Parents represented "low hanging fruit”.

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Southern Man: The View from the Top - A Client's Story

Posted by admin on Feb. 1, 2019, 3:46 p.m. in New Zealand

I asked Tracy Kruger to share with us, her and her family’s experiences in making the move from South Africa to Ashburton, Te Wai Pounamu (South Island) of New Zealand. I asked her to be brutal and open. Here is what she has to say (and thanks a heap Tracy for taking the time to share your experiences). “Stay away from the Facebook groups and buy lots of beer, you are going to need it.” Iain.

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Southern Man: Work Visa Change Proposals

Posted by Iain on Jan. 25, 2019, 3:04 p.m. in Work Visa

This week I’ve been part of a group of Advisers pulling together a submission to take to government on the proposed changes to work visa policy. I am never quite sure whether it is worthwhile making submissions to an ideologically driven government that has certain ideas in its political head not supported by any real evidence but I've decided to chip in anyway given the importance of this issue.

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Southern Man: Government playing Marketer and Gatekeeper - an unholy mix

Posted by Iain on Jan. 18, 2019, 2:13 p.m. in Australia

D.A.M.A. - the hottest four letters in Australian immigration circles this month. It stands for Designated Area Migration Agreements but it should stand for Dishonest Attempt at Marketing Australia.

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