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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: Government playing Marketer and Gatekeeper - an unholy mix

Posted by Iain on Jan. 18, 2019, 2:13 p.m. in Australia

D.A.M.A. - the hottest four letters in Australian immigration circles this month. It stands for Designated Area Migration Agreements but it should stand for Dishonest Attempt at Marketing Australia.

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Southern Man: Work Visa Changes on the Way

Posted by Iain on Jan. 11, 2019, 3:17 p.m. in New Zealand Economy

Worsening skills shortages and dealing with it will dominate as the Government recognises we simply do not have the people or the skills to fill the tens of thousands of jobs that continue to be created here every year. The immigration year began, as it usually does, with the perennial whining of Immigration New Zealand about backlogs in processing everything from visitor, student and work visas to the allocation and processing of skilled migrant resident visas.

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Southern Man: When a Country Goes Bad

Posted by Iain on Dec. 21, 2018, 10:34 a.m. in Government

A few weeks ago I had an email exchange with a very senior immigration manager and I asked why evidence being presented by South Africans with their visa applications was being scrutinised more than ever before. He said, “because they lie”. That struck me as a bit harsh.

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Southern Man: Is the LSD dead?

Posted by Iain on Dec. 7, 2018, 2:06 p.m. in Immigration

Not a day goes by in my working life when I am not reminded of my four golden rules I trot out at every seminar and every consultation having worked alongside the Immigration Department and the hundreds of officers that have come and go down the years. I always advise those that wish to draw on my 30 years of dealing with bureaucratic madness, that in order to survive the migration process without losing your mind: Assume nothing about your eligibility. Suspend logic. Just when you think you understand the rules your visa will be processed by an immigration officer who does not understand them. Read with great caution what you read on the Immigration Department website - much of the time it’s as if there are no rules and they make them up as they go along. If you get this 98% right, you will not be joining us in NZ or Australia.

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Southern Man: It's Time to Fix the Broken Skilled Migrant Category.

Posted by Iain on Nov. 30, 2018, 7:24 p.m. in Visitor Visa

I have on a number of occasions down the years tried to impress upon the senior policy managers inside INZ and the politicians (when they will talk with us) how disconnected the (three) visa process is for skilled migrants from labour market reality and what New Zealand employers want. And how that hinders in achieving the aims of the skilled migrant residence programme.

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