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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: 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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Southern Man: NZ Skill List Changes Explained

Posted by Iain on May 10, 2019, 1:37 p.m. in Immigration

Every government likes to put their own stamp on things when they come into power to demonstrate that they are ‘doing things’. I remember being told this many years ago by a new Minister of Immigration over a coffee who changed the name (but nothing else) of the Appeal Authority. When I asked her why it was done given the cost involved to the tax payer (think how much it must cost a government department to simply change stationary letterhead for example), she looked at me and smiled and said "We all do it, it's called stamping our name on things’. The taxpayer be damned, obviously.

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Southern Man: How Do You Prove a Negative?

Posted by Iain on May 3, 2019, 3:32 p.m. in Immigration

I have no intention of this blog becoming a weekly whine about dealing with the Immigration Department. I do appreciate that their inefficiency, inconsistency and often downright stupidity creates a lot of very rewarding work for my team and I. Many in my industry live by the mantra that ‘change is good and chaos is better’, but I can only take so much of it.

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Southern Man: Why Do I Do What I Do?

Posted by Iain on April 26, 2019, 12:28 p.m. in Immigration

The system is thoroughly broken. It is a rudderless ship without a captain, the first mate and senior officers huddled in a cabin removed from the ship’s staff and a significant number of the men and women below decks on the oars are untrained and inexperienced and seem to be pulling the engine levers randomly oars in different directions. The ship’s owners just look the other way defending the fact the ship is going round and round in circles and not getting anywhere.

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Southern Man: NZ Labour Shortage: Emergency Declared

Posted by Iain on April 12, 2019, 1:57 p.m. in New Zealand Jobs

As clients contemplate the ’lead weight in the pit of their stomach’ prospect of leaving home, usually resigning their job and flying to New Zealand to find work, I reassure them that, particularly in respect of South Africa, you could not be talking about two more different labour markets. Our biggest challenge today is too many jobs being created and not enough people. That’s right - we, in the private sector, are creating thousands of jobs a month, and we have a government doing little or nothing to help us fill them. There’s an Immigration Department standing in the way.

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