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Southern Man: Tearing Down the Churches

Posted by Iain on June 14, 2019, 5:04 p.m. in IMMagine

Having stepped off a plane from South Africa, a client asked me a couple of questions. The first was whether New Zealand is now going to give preferential entry and permanent residency to Muslims over everybody else. I looked sideways at the client not quite sure if she was pulling my leg or not. I said, no, Muslims will continue to be treated just like everybody else. She followed that up with a second question asking if it true that the Christian churches of New Zealand are now being knocked down and mosques being built in their place?

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Southern Man: When an A Grade Means Fail

Posted by Iain on June 7, 2019, 8:23 p.m. in Immigration

I wrote a few weeks ago about the critical importance of filing ‘decision ready’ work visa applications in order to minimise the risk of the application being deemed ‘high touch’ (in English, requiring closer scrutiny) and being placed in an allocation queue which can mean four months simply to allocate to an officer for processing. One of the four criteria that will see a work visa allocated to the slow queue is a medical certificate and tests that are not able to be immediately ‘auto cleared’ as indicating an acceptable standard of health.

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Southern Man: Teachers Are Revolting!

Posted by Iain on May 31, 2019, 4:45 p.m. in Education

Earlier this week tens of thousands of Teachers went on strike across New Zealand. As they marched up Queen Street and past our offices they were chanting “What do we want? Teachers! When do we want them? Now!” I don't believe anyone in New Zealand takes strike action without good cause and in this case I think the Teachers have very good reason to send a very strong signal to the government.

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Australia Blog: Australia Votes

Posted by Myer on May 26, 2019, 9:21 p.m. in Australia

It was supposed to be the “unloseable” election, so how did the Labor party manage to wake up on Sunday morning nursing an almighty hangover from Saturday’s general election in Australia? Already the memes are out with perhaps the cruelest one being “losing the “unloseable” election Bill Shorten (leader of the opposition) shall forever be known as Billary”.

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Southern Man: WANTED: Migrants with the Health of Olympians

Posted by Iain on May 17, 2019, 5:13 p.m. in Healthcare

I could not tell you the last time we had a work visa declined on medical grounds, but plenty require scrutiny by the Department’s medical assessors. That can add weeks to the process. Recent analysis of our own applications for work visas for skilled migrants saw around 25% of the 350 we have filed in the past year requiring a recommendation by the departmental doctors on approving or not.

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