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March 2018

Heartland Immigration is a foundation member of the The Immigration Industry Association (IIA), the non-profit association which links immigration, expat, relocation and global mobility industry members. IIA is also a forum for the immigration community to come together to network, share ideas, information, research and experiences.

I was pleased to attend the first New Zealand based forum hosted by the BNZ in Auckland on the 21st of February to meet with other industry representatives and hear that our industry, the association and the New Zealand economy in good health. Speakers included INZ Steve McGill General Manager – Settlement, Protection and Attraction, BNZ’s Chief Economist Tony Alexander, Expatland founder John Marcarian and Geraldine Collett IIA General Manager.

Two months into the new year and the Heartland Immigration Team barely have had the time to lift our heads and that is just the way we like it. Providing advice to employers and visa applicants, particularly for labour related applications as that grows New Zealand. Assisting employers to fill vacancies and providing new comers with an opportunity to work in New Zealand and experience the kiwi way of life. A win win.

To those who will be celebrating Easter or Passover may the season bring you and yours joy.

Mary Noonan


Additions to the ISSL

Effective 19 February 2018 INZ has added twelve new occupations including seven new trades with roles as diverse as Accountants, Carpenters and Joiners and Midwives to the Immediate Skill Shortage List (ISSL).

For applications submitted under the ISSL, the employer can avoid the labour market test process. I have found this reduces a number of the hassles saving cost and time for the applicant and employer. An applicant must meet strict criteria to be eligible to apply for a work visa based upon the ISSL so it isn’t all smooth sailing.

Jeremy Clapp


My family and I are grateful for all the participants and supporters that made the ALL IN 24hr Basketball Tournament held in Timaru on the 24th and 25th of February such a success. On behalf of the Macfarlane Family thank you.

With all this help we raised funds and awareness for the South Canterbury Cancer Society & Relay for Life along with Hospice South Canterbury and I found it personally enriching giving back to my community. Not sure if I can look at another sausage for quite some time.

Nils Macfarlane