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Southern Man: Visa Application Centres and How They Break the Law

Posted by Iain on March 26, 2017, 12:15 p.m. in Visas

In recent years we have witnessed the increasing use of Visa Application Centres by Immigration New Zealand (INZ) around the world to ostensibly receipt and pass along visa applications to the NZ Government. Their role, we were told in the early days, was simply to ‘act like a Post Office’ and receipt visa applications before passing them along to their closest INZ office for processing.

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Southern Man: Our Cultures Combined

Posted by Iain on March 17, 2017, 10:31 a.m. in Living

Yesterday I listened to an interview on the radio with two women who run a not for profit ‘refuge’ for migrant women and children from ‘Asian, Middle Eastern and African’ cultures. It had already occurred to me that there might be greater issues with migrant women and children from those areas than women and children immigrants from other areas. This is an issue I am not sure policy makers consider – it borders on the politically incorrect. Perhaps, however, we should suck up the accusations of ‘xenophobia’ or ‘racism’ and think it through from a permanent residence perspective.

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Australia Blog: When is the right time to apply?

Posted by Myer on Feb. 26, 2017, 4:30 p.m. in Australia lifestyle

It’s not always not up to you to choose the time when you can apply for permanent residence because of the amount of change that occurs in the immigration process. It’s more likely that the time chooses you. I’m never able to “time-the-market” when I buy a house or buy or sell equities but I can tell you that the perfect time to apply for permanent residence is the time at which you meet the eligibility requirements and if that time is now then as inconvenient is the time may be, you need to act. Often the only difference between eligibility and and missing the opportunity completely is timing.

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Tags: visas

Southern Man: Rain

Posted by Iain on Feb. 26, 2017, 4:26 p.m. in Lighthearted

Sun. Rain. Wind. It is interesting how much of a role climate - perceived or real - plays in terms of where migrants might choose to live. If you are Singaporean or Malaysian you love the fact that New Zealand is, for the most part, both drier and for most of the year, cooler, than they are used to. Comfortable is the word I hear a lot. Migrants from these countries tell me how much they love the climate of ‘New Zealand’ (they are usually referring to Auckland or Christchurch). If you are a South African you tended historically to perceive the climate in New Zealand as being both cold and wet. I should say as thousands more South Africans settle here this perception is changing as expectation hits reality.

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Tags: quality

Southern Man: A (Common) Tale of Honesty

Posted by Iain on Feb. 24, 2017, 12:41 p.m. in New Zealand Lifestyle

Most Saturday mornings sees my wife and I at our local Farmers market in Mangawhai buying some fresh produce, the world’s best bratwurst (according to the German proprietor) and yet more native plants for my ever expanding garden. It is usually fairly uneventful however last Saturday was different. For the first time in, well, years I got out of the car and didn’t take my satchel (‘man bag’ as my millennial sons tease me). I just slipped my wallet into my back pocket. At stall number one I got it out so we could pay for some vegetables. At stall number three I went to get my wallet out of my back pocket and it had gone.

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