Iain MacLeod

director & adviser

Iain has been working as an Immigration Adviser since 1988 and has been running his own practice since 1990. In 1998 he merged his practice with Myer Lipschitz leading to the creation of Protea Pacific Limited which was rebranded in 2008 to IMMagine New Zealand Limited. A former Vice Chairman and Director of the New Zealand Association for Migration and Investment and also the New Zealand Immigration institute, Iain’s experience and understanding of the migration process led to his being appointed to the Government’s Working Group that established the Immigration Advisers Licensing Authority (IAA). In its first year of operation Iain was appointed as an Industry Representative to the IAA reference group. Iain holds a B.Sc from Auckland University and holds a full licence with the IAA.

Below you can find his weekly blog on all things migration is read by thousands under the pseudonym Southern Man

Posts by Iain MacLeod

Australians go for broke no text

The Australians Go For Broke

Having scaled back on their immigration programme in the current immigration year that ends on...
May 17, 2024
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Time is every migrants enemy optimized

Time is every migrant’s enemy

I always caution potential clients that ‘time is every migrant’s enemy’. The risk everyone seeking...
May 3, 2024
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Naughty NZ employers (1)

New sanctions regime for naughty NZ employers

Following the announcement on 7 April that the government was changing the criteria to secure...
April 19, 2024
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NZ tightens up on work visa eligibility

Yesterday the Government announced significant changes to work visa rules for lower skilled people. To...
April 8, 2024
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Secondary School Teachers ‘straight to NZ residence’ change

This week, the government moved the occupation of Secondary (High school) Teachers off the two-year...
April 5, 2024
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My partner is reluctant to migrate…what do I do

I had a very interesting Zoom consultation last week with a South African couple, who...
March 22, 2024
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Visitor Visa declines on the increase?

So you want to come to New Zealand for a holiday, to attend a family...
March 8, 2024
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New Zealand tightening up on work visas.

Over the past 12 months, New Zealand has seen a net gain of over 126,000...
February 23, 2024
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When simplified does not mean simple.

Words matter. Migrants are vulnerable to poor advice and treatment, as successive governments keep telling...
February 9, 2024
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New Zealand Immigration – The Year Ahead.

A week or two ago the Government released a cabinet paper which revealed the previous...
January 26, 2024
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Work Visa changes for NZ

As we approach the annual closing of the business so the team can enjoy 2-3...
December 21, 2023
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When will immigration policy change for NZ?

Shortly after the signing of the coalition agreement, the presumptive Minister of Immigration, Erica Stanford,...
December 8, 2023
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The Value of a Good Strategy

I have always thought that the role of a good immigration adviser is to save...
November 24, 2023
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Work Visa Processing Times Balloon

Three weeks after election day in New Zealand we are still waiting the outcome of...
November 10, 2023
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New Government, New Immigration Settings

On October 14 New Zealanders voted to change the government. The incumbent Labour Party, all...
October 27, 2023
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What Is A Medical Waiver?

In order to secure most visas for New Zealand an applicant must be of an...
October 13, 2023
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