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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: Education Armageddon

Posted by Iain on Sept. 14, 2018, 6:30 p.m. in Education

Earlier this week the unions that represent primary school teachers agreed to consider an 'across the board' pay rise, with something going to all public sector primary level teachers, but more going to those with greater experience. Teachers will vote on it next week. Reaching some agreement with the primary teaching sector is critical if the Government is to make any dent in the projected 3000 teacher shortfall expected by early 2020 which would be less a crisis as much as an education armageddon.

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Southern Man: The 'Six Week Wall'

Posted by Iain on Sept. 7, 2018, 10:32 a.m. in Immigration

Given that getting a skilled job offer in New Zealand is, for most ‘skilled’ migrants, central to the chances of securing residence, he asked the very reasonable question ‘How, Iain, do you make people understand that they, for the most part, need to accept success comes with resigning their jobs, jumping on planes and going to New Zealand to try and find work?’ My reply went something along the lines of ‘Because they have no choice. If they want to live here that’s what they have to do’. I think there was an expletive beginning with ‘f’ in the middle of that sentence somewhere.

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Southern Man: Purge of International Student Market in NZ

Posted by Iain on Aug. 31, 2018, 5:27 p.m. in Immigration

The ongoing purge of the international student market in New Zealand has continued with the Government recently releasing new criteria for those who wish to come here and study with a view to using that course as a stepping stone toward residence. Although well heralded, this Government is seemingly prepared to throw the several billion export dollars a year this industry has been worth to the economy and the 35,000 jobs it supports out the window. To be fair, they are in large part simply cleaning up the mess created by the previous Government.

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Australia Blog: So You're Telling Me There's a Chance?

Posted by Myer on Aug. 24, 2018, 5:24 p.m. in Assessment

For those thinking of making the big move to Australia or New Zealand, we offer a number of options to establish whether or not you qualify, the Visa that might best suit you and the strategy you will need to follow to make that dream of a new life a reality. For us, the initial assessment is the cornerstone of our engagement with any potential migrant and it sets the scene for what will follow in terms of time, energy and the financial investment being made.

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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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