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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: Foreigner House Buying Ban: Explained

Posted by Iain on Aug. 17, 2018, 5:06 p.m. in New Zealand Economy

The long awaited outcome of the Government’s Select Committee process has been completed and we now understand more of who will and who will not be allowed to buy property and homes in New Zealand. It has caused a lot of anxiety among our clients and it is good that the Government has finally made their announcement. Much ado about nothing, for the most part.

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Australia Blog: Where to Study in Australia

Posted by Myer on Aug. 9, 2018, 11:32 a.m. in Visas

If you know some of the pitfalls in the process, student visas can be a useful pathway to not only acquiring an Australian qualification but potentially a pathway to obtaining permanent residence. However the location of your studies in Australia is as important as the subject matter of your studies. Of course you have to satisfy a number of requirements including a genuine temporary entry criteria relating to student visas, and have to have sufficient funds to pay for your studies which can be quite pricey as an international student.

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Southern Man: Two Brothers - The Rand and the New Zealand Dollar

Posted by Iain on Aug. 3, 2018, 12:35 p.m. in New Zealand Economy

The greatest fear of most South Africans leaving behind an increasingly beleaguered economy and job insecurity is how they might fair financially when they get to New Zealand. They fret that they might be jumping out of a financial frying pan and into a fiscal fire. This tale of two currencies, two economies and two brothers tends to suggest that sucking up any short term exchange rate pain can lead to long term gain if you only have the courage to brave the immigration waters.

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Southern Man: I Am Not Sick, I Am Blind

Posted by Iain on July 27, 2018, 1:51 p.m. in Visas

About three years ago whilst in Johannesburg I met a young couple with a four year old son. On the face of the application, it looked fairly straight-forward in terms of there not being anything out of the ordinary i.e. we had a skilled migrant who needed to get skilled employment in New Zealand in order to get the points. So far, so good. The issue, potentially, was that the principal applicant’s wife was blind having lost her sight four years earlier during childbirth. Many Immigration Advisers advise people who are blind (or for that matter deaf) that they will not be found to be of an acceptable standard of health, something I have always found disappointing, if not laughable. Blind or deaf people are not sick, they have a disability but that does not make them unhealthy nor a likely future cost on our health system.

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Australia Blog: Take Me Home, Country Road

Posted by Myer on July 20, 2018, 8:16 p.m. in Australia

And the place where you belong, contrary to what the song would indicate, is not West Virginia, but Geelong, Adelaide, Hobart or any other part of Australia that is “regional”. Recent changes to Australia’s skilled migration program is going to have the effect of placing more of you on country roads than ever before.

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