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Southern Man: Home Affairs Comes to New Zealand

Posted by Iain on May 19, 2017, 9:37 a.m. in South Africa

In what appears to be little more than a fit of pique the South African Government decided a few months ago to retaliate against the tourists and business folk of NZ visiting the Republic by demanding New Zealand citizens apply for Visitor Visas if they wish to travel there. Granted, this was because the New Zealand Government had rescinded the visa waiver agreement with South Africa. I think it is fair to say the New Zealand Government was totally justified in doing so but it is hard to comprehend the reaction of the South African Government.

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Southern Man: Want Residence? Maybe You Don't Need Qualifications

Posted by Iain on May 13, 2017, 11:57 a.m. in Government

A week after receiving the new points that attach to the various skilled migrant criteria in August 2017 (and both modelling and testing in the field on over 150 consultations so far in South Africa and SE Asia this past week), it is very interesting who wins and who loses from these changes. What has been very interesting to me is how many people I am meeting who will qualify after August 14 who do not qualify today. With the pass mark at 160 most people today require qualifications – trade, technical or academic representing 2-4 years of study.

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Southern Man: New Skilled Migrant Points: Analysis

Posted by Iain on May 5, 2017, 7:23 p.m. in Immigration

The Government’s promise to international students to provide a residence pathway has, effectively, been broken. Under these new rules the minimum salary threshold of $48,800 will see significant numbers of graduates from our local institutions no longer qualifying. That must hurt the $3 billion export education industry far more than they care to admit right now.

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Southern Man: When is a cut not a cut?

Posted by Iain on April 28, 2017, 3 p.m. in Immigration

What we saw last week was part two of what, to me, is a very obvious and well-crafted plan to extricate the Government from the indefensible position over international students and the promises they made them with as little fallout as possible. We do have population pressures and particularly in Auckland but what great problems to have? We are a ‘victim’ of a strong economy for which the government deserves some credit; interest in settling here has gone through the roof, Kiwis don’t feel like leaving, more are coming home and we only have room for so many new migrants and the government is right to be choosy.

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Southern Man: Skilled Migrant Category Changes Unveiled

Posted by Iain on April 19, 2017, 2:23 p.m. in Visas

The NZ Government today wrapped up their Skilled Migrant change announcement with the message that it is about ‘controlling the flow’ of migrants. If that sounds a bit Brexit, or Trump or the Prime Minister of Australia, France and Marine Le Pen - these are the times in which we live but I think it is far more simple than that. Our economy needs migrants to supplement local workforce and skill shortages. At the same time across the western world there is a growing discontent among some that too many people have missed out on the benefits of that globalisation – think less educated, the lower skilled and lower paid people. Who voted for Trump? Who voted for Brexit? Who will stop our current Government in NZ being re-elected this year? Those at the ‘lower’ end of the spectrum.

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