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Southern Man: One rule for me and one rule for you

Posted by Iain on Dec. 6, 2019, 2:50 p.m. in New Zealand Lifestyle

I like to think I am old and wise enough to see both sides, or even all sides, of an argument (although my wife might beg to differ). I struggle to understand the policy concessions recently rolled out in favour of partners of culturally arranged marriages. I stand ready and resolute to be accused of racism.

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Tags: lifestyle

Australia Blog: State Sponsorship Chess – mate

Posted by Myer on Nov. 29, 2019, 2:39 p.m. in Australia

We always explain to clients when we meet them that the eligibility we describe in that initial assessment is not in fact a description of their eligibility today but a snapshot of their future eligibility. Why? Because there are generally months of work, English exams and third party applications that must be completed before any Visa can be filed for Australia. And it is only when an application is filed that the clock stops. Changes from that day forward should not impact them.

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Tags: Australia

Southern Man: Hong Kong Burning

Posted by Iain on Nov. 22, 2019, 2:58 p.m. in Hong Kong

During my latest trip to Hong Kong, in the midst of the worst crisis in decades, everyone watching the news from home has been asking me if ‘it is safe there?’. With hand on heart I tell them that over the past two months, much of it spent in Hong Kong, I have seen very little of the protesting and have continued to feel overwhelmingly safe. (I spend a lot of time in South Africa, so Hong Kong isn’t going to scare me!).

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Tags: Hong Kong

Southern Man: Study to Work to Residence - Pros and Cons

Posted by Iain on Nov. 15, 2019, 2:29 p.m. in Education

When I explain to those who seek residency of New Zealand under the Skilled Migrant Category that they will need a skilled job, first, in order to secure enough points and that overwhelmingly demands for around 97% of clients that they resign their jobs and head off to New Zealand only to be confronted by a very real ‘chicken and egg’ situation (no work Visa means no job but no job means no work Visa), the blood usually drains out of their faces. The truth is most people, unless incredibly committed, are simply not going to resign their jobs, fly away without their family and try their luck in the labour market no matter how employable I believe they are (although right now however we are representing over 350 families who will).

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Southern Man: New Zealand 5th Wealthiest Country (Australia 4th)

Posted by Iain on Nov. 8, 2019, 3:45 p.m. in New Zealand

As my colleagues and I explain to anyone who listens, until you have a job, hold a work visa and are earning local currency, you cannot get all the cost of living advantages that tourists, like him, cannot get (and therefore cannot see or possibly imagine). Education that is 97% funded out of our taxes, health care the same, drugs that are virtually ‘free’ is not something tangible a tourist (looking for work) will see for the most part because it comes later, after there is a job in hand. Likewise access to social security and pensions most of which are funded out of taxes are not on view for those visiting for two weeks.

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