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**Newsflash Southern Man: Changes to the NZ Work to Residence/Accredited Employer Policy

Posted by Iain on April 20, 2018, 4:19 p.m. in Immigration

Sources have confirmed that Cabinet recently signed off on changes to the Accredited Employer/Work to Residence Policy. Details are yet to be made public but will follow soon enough. Accreditation has historically been given to employers who are able to demonstrate - amongst other things - that they are worthy of this trusted status with the Immigration Department. Trusted to do the right thing by New Zealand and New Zealanders, which includes recruiting locally where possible, training and upskilling, offering opportunities to those already working at the companies, having solid Human Resource processes and practices, being financially stable and have had no issues in terms of employment disputes, problems with unions, workers’ rights and so on.

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Southern Man: Does INZ Have a Hidden Agenda?

Posted by Iain on April 13, 2018, 6:27 p.m. in Immigration

Those of you who have attended one of my talks know about my four golden rules of surviving immigration bureaucracy without losing your marbles: - Assume nothing about your eligibility. - Suspend logic. - Just when you think you understand the visa rules your application will be processed by an immigration officer who does not know their own rules. - Treat with great caution whatever you read on the Immigration Department’s website. There could be a fifth: - INZ is sometimes working to an agenda hidden from the public. And this is the subject of today's blog.

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Southern Man: SA Trades: NZQA Flip-flop

Posted by Iain on April 6, 2018, 1:47 p.m. in South Africa

For many years, I have struggled to understand why the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) provided different comparability outcome assessments on “Red Seal” South African qualifications depending on the pathway the artisan followed to secure it in South Africa. Historically in South Africa, an Artisan would follow one of two pathways to securing a Trade Certificate in terms of the Manpower Training Act. The applicant could enter into an indentured apprenticeship, complete five years of learning, sit their Trade Test examination and if they passed that, they would be granted a Trade Certificate (commonly known as a Red Seal).

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Southern Man: Why Dutton is So Dangerous

Posted by Iain on March 23, 2018, 9:37 p.m. in South Africa

Last week’s blog post on why the Australian Minister of Home Affairs (Immigration) is, in my view, either a racist and a hypocrite or simply a cynical Australian politician playing to a small racist constituency in Australia, hit a nerve in South Africa as I expected it would. The reaction to last week’s blog across various forms of social media and in private emails to me deserves some further exploration. The reaction to it confirmed two things for me - what politicians anywhere will do for a few votes and how, sadly, South Africans are - for the most part these days - seemingly incapable of any form of grown up discourse.

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**Newsflash Australia Blog: New Occupation Lists for General Skilled Migration Australia

Posted by Kane on March 19, 2018, 8:38 p.m. in Australia

Some major changes that were announced last year have come into effect as of the 18 March. These changes relate to the temporary and permanent employer sponsored visas and the General Skilled Migration (GSM) programme. Under the GSM programme, there is a shiny new list called the Regional Occupations List (ROL). This is relevant to the state/territory sponsored Subclass 489 visa.

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