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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: '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

Southern Man: David Versus Goliath

Posted by Iain on Sept. 13, 2019, 11:36 a.m. in Work Visa

I’d be lying if I said this job doesn’t sometimes feel like I am living a modern version of the biblical David and Goliath story. Every day, my team and I take on the might of the state. We deal with an Immigration Department culture that is often disinterested, dismissive, inexperienced, largely leaderless (they call it empowerment, probably) and a bunch of bureaucrats that display a level of arrogance that is at times shocking.

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Southern Man: Who is going to look after me?

Posted by Iain on Sept. 6, 2019, 5:29 p.m. in New Zealand

A few years ago I was asked what I believed was the biggest future challenge facing New Zealand by a young man in Durban. Having told him I thought that was the most interesting and thoughtful question I'd ever been asked, I thought about it for a while. What do you think my answer was?

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Tags: New Zealand

Southern Man: Spring Has Sprung

Posted by Iain on Aug. 30, 2019, 6:02 p.m. in New Zealand

I am finally home after another five weeks on the road. It is funny the things I notice when I've spent the past 14 days in high-rise hotel rooms with the constant hum of air conditioning and where the elevation separates me from terra firma below. The shoebox in the sky, the meeting room with clients, so many stories in the air, the only view a field of concrete and glass buildings stretching to the horizon and foraging for food in malls - all possible without ever actually stepping outside and feeling the sun on my face.

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