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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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Australia Blog: About the Recent Policy Changes

Posted by Myer on April 19, 2017, 1:17 p.m. in Visas

Yesterday Australia's Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull put his hands on his hips and took a jump to the right. It felt as if we were in a Time Warp. Mr Turnbull, feeling the global winds of change fuelled by Brexit and Trumpism, took the initiative to steal the political right's thunder and initiated far reaching reforms to employer sponsored migration to Australia and also to the occupations available to skilled migration that are non-employer sponsored (GSM visas).

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**Newsflash Australia Blog: Australia Newsflash: Important Policy Changes

Posted by Myer on April 18, 2017, 9:34 p.m. in Visas

Australia’s General Skilled Migration Visas and Employer Sponsored Visas - Earlier today Australia’s Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, announced wide-ranging changes to the occupational lists available to General Skilled Migration Visas as well as the abolition of the current 457 Visa (Work Visa) to be replaced by the Temporary Skills Shortage (TSS) Visa from March 2018.

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Southern Man: Investor Category Changes

Posted by Iain on April 14, 2017, 2:52 p.m. in Investor Category

In a few weeks’ time, new Investor Category rules will be rolled out. Government has indicated 27 May. There is no change to those seeking a resident visa by investing NZ$10 million under the investor Plus category, the changes are only being made to the ‘Investor 2’ category. This sub-category has traditionally been a points based assessment system where applicants claim points based on their age, business experience, an amount they wish to invest and who have an additional NZ$1m over and above the nominated investments for ‘settlement’ purposes.

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Southern Man: VACs Wings to Be Clipped

Posted by Iain on April 7, 2017, 3:27 p.m. in Visas

Two weeks’ ago I went public on my serious concerns regarding the actions of the Visa Application Centres (VACs) partnered with Immigration New Zealand. My concerns were two-fold: 1 - The VACs are not licensed to provide immigration advice. Yet it seems, based on multiple reports from clients who are attempting to drop off visa applications we have prepared, they are being given what appears to be immigration advice. INZ has accepted this is happening; they dispute how frequently. Given we have had a number of clients sent away when they tried to file applications to get additional information (that was not required for their applications to be receipted) it seems it is far more common than INZ wishes to acknowledge.

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