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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: 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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Southern Man: What Am I Doing Here?

Posted by Iain on April 5, 2019, 5:05 p.m. in Immigration

A client of ours, seven days off the plane in Wellington, has today signalled his displeasure with the impact of “damp". Yes, that’s right, damp. He is thinking of returning to South Africa. While it would be easy to dismiss this as a little silly given he’s only been in the country a few days, it does highlight a very genuine problem that we have as immigration advisers.

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Australia Blog: Australian Immigration Changes: Much Ado About Nothing

Posted by Myer on March 29, 2019, 8:43 p.m. in Australia

Earlier this week our Prime Minister, Scott Morrison, made the announcement of a 15% reduction in the annual migration quota from 190,000 to 160,000 ostensibly to reduce infrastructure pressure in the major cities of Melbourne and Sydney with the introduction of two new visa subclasses that encourage regional migration. When you examine the detail the announcement it should be seen for what it is, electioneering for the upcoming general election in May. The coalition government is behind in the polls and needs to appease voters, particularly in Sydney (where 63% of those polled feel levels of migration are too high) and Melbourne as the growth in infrastructure cannot keep pace with the net migration levels. It was in the context of this background that the Prime Minister made his recent announcement.

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Southern Man: Mayhem in Christchurch

Posted by Iain on March 21, 2019, 5:18 p.m. in Terrorism

"Mayhem in Christchurch" Those were the three words from my wife that greeted me as soon as I was within wifi range. My cellphone ‘pinged’ with incoming messages, as our boat skipped across a dead calm South China Sea on Friday last week. ‘Not another earthquake?’ was my first thought.

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Southern Man: Can Australians Do Math?

Posted by Iain on March 15, 2019, 3:52 p.m. in Australia

Earlier this week the Australian Federal government released its twice-yearly update of occupations that it has added (or removed, or shifted to some other list). As one might expect this has led to a flurry of enquiries from people whose occupations have suddenly appeared; in particular, on the Medium and Long Term Strategic Shortage List (MLTSSL).

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