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

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Points System Resumption Pushed Back

Buried very deeply last week in what appeared to be an unrelated press release from...
August 5, 2022
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Work Visa Nightmares

‘New Zealand has taken another significant step forward in our Reconnecting plan today, as work...
July 22, 2022
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A Question for the new minister

A few days ago the National Party spokesperson on Immigration, Erica Stanford, asked me if...
July 8, 2022
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Skilled Migrants Points Systems on it’s way

The new points based system for skilled migrants has been announced. Indirectly. Well, sort of....
June 24, 2022
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It’s raining jobs in NZ and AUS

It’s raining jobs in New Zealand. It’s pouring jobs in Australia. Recruiters are saying they...
June 16, 2022
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How long is a piece of string, really?

For those of you in the age demographic closer to my own you may remember...
May 27, 2022
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NZ Accredited Employer Work Visa – Part 2

Two weeks ago I wrote a piece on what we know about the New Zealand...
May 13, 2022
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Accredited Employer Work Visas

In four weeks time any employer that wishes to employ migrants will be required to...
April 29, 2022
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Who’d be a politician?

Who would be a politician? For some reason there is plenty who would. It is...
April 15, 2022
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Tap on Tap off

It’s easy to turn the migrant tap off. However, when you want/need/are begging for the...
April 1, 2022
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Coming Home to New Zealand

Good things come to those who wait. So counselled my dearly departed mum. Well, we...
March 18, 2022
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Other Critical Worker Announcement

As pressure mounts on the NZ Government to allow more skilled workers to cross the...
March 14, 2022
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When Opportunity Knocks

The Southern Man takes a break this week as he packs his suitcases (and hopefully...
March 4, 2022
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Work Visa Changes For NZ

It is really interesting that my predictions of New Zealand moving to a more micromanaged...
February 18, 2022
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NZ Border Reopening Plan – The Fish Hooks

The New Zealand border is, in a staggered way, opening up between now and October....
February 4, 2022
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The Accidental Migrant – Me

In some respects, life is like trying to swim in a fast flowing river. There’s...
January 21, 2022
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