“457” Occupation List to be further reduced


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The Occupation List containing jobs which will qualify for a 457 visa will be further condensed, according to Australian Immigration Minister Peter Dutton.

Those with an occupation on the list and obtains sponsorship from an employer are eligible for a 457 visa for up to four years in order to fill shortages.

Increasing pressure faced by the Minister led to confirmation that the occupation list will be reviewed and further culled.  This is also amid the Minister’s pledge to put “Australia-first” as Immigration proves to be a recurring agenda on the Australian political front.

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New Pathway to Residence to New Zealand:

Global Impact Visa Programme (GIVs)

“Immigration New Zealand is partnering with the Edmund Hillary Fellowship (EHF) to deliver an innovative new immigration product for high impact entrepreneurs, investors, and start-up teams.”

From early 2017, Immigration New Zealand will will be introducing to provide a two-step pathway to residence.

A participant in the Global Impact Visa programme will first be eligible for a three-year Work-to-Residence visa and then for a permanent resident visa, after they have been in the programme for 30 months.

The Global Impact Visa (GIVs) will bring up to 400 individual pioneering entrepreneurs and investors to create and support innovation-based ventures and startup teams from New Zealand.

GIVs will initially be run as a four-year pilot.

To be eligible for a Global Impact Visa, Fellows must be accepted into the EHF and be able to satisfy English language, health and character requirements and have sufficient funds to support themselves.

Participation in the programme gives Fellows:

  • Direct connections to entrepreneurship and investment communities across New Zealand and major innovation hubs around the world
  • Access to local test markets and infrastructures to prototype new ideas for fast feedback
  • Connection to centres of excellence in different regions of New Zealand
  • Access to a supportive global network of investors, advisors, partners and mentors
  • Regular events, demo days, learning and sharing opportunities, and a platform to tell their story
  • Settlement support for Fellows and immediate family
  • Access to investment and scaling opportunities in New Zealand and overseas
  • Access to top talent, universities, accelerators and incubators, information about investment and Research & Development grants.

In return, Fellows are expected to contribute towards New Zealand entrepreneurship ecosystems and actively work on, or invest in, ventures within New Zealand that have the potential for widespread global impact.

In addition to the 400 visas, up to 80 New Zealand entrepreneurs and investors will be accepted into EHF over the four years, providing the opportunity for collaboration between GIVs migrants and New Zealand entrepreneurs and investors.

More information can be found on EHF’s website.

About the GIVs

What is GIVs

GIVs is a new immigration policy designed to attract talented and innovative entrepreneurs, investors and start-up teams with the drive and capabilities to create innovation-based ventures in New Zealand.

Successful applicants will be provided with the right support to rapidly operate effectively within the New Zealand business environment. A permanent resident visa will be granted after three years, subject to conditions that must be met by the migrant entrepreneurs.

Who GIVs policy is targeting

The policy is designed to attract those with the drive and capability to launch global ventures from New Zealand who may not be able to qualify for other visa categories. They will have the combination of drive, risk appetite and global connections enabling them to launch or significantly contribute to successful innovation-based ventures in New Zealand.

Why GIVs is being delivered in partnership with the private sector

To bring the best entrepreneurs to New Zealand, Government is partnering with local and international experts in innovation, entrepreneurship and investment. By leveraging private sector strengths and knowledge in this space we are better positioned to accelerate innovation and grow New Zealand for all.

About the Edmund Hillary Fellowship

EHF is a collaboration between the Hillary Institute for International Leadership, a not-for-profit organisation that identifies and celebrates mid-career leaders from around the world and Kiwi Connect, an organisation promoting and connecting high-impact entrepreneurship in New Zealand.

EHF has been designed as an end-to-end programme that gives entrepreneurs, startup teams and investors a platform to incubate and grow innovative ventures.

The GIVs selection process – how it works

EHF will be responsible for identifying entrepreneurs who could have a significant impact on New Zealand’s innovation system, whilst Immigration New Zealand will be responsible for processing and making decisions on visas. To be eligible for a Global Impact Visa, applicants must first obtain entry into EHF’s programme.

Eligibility for the Global Impact Visa

Eligibility for the Global Impact Visa will be conditional on meeting a number of criteria. Selected applicants will be assessed on the basis of their acceptance into EHF’s programme, English language, health and character, and having sufficient funds to support themselves.

GIVs launch date

EHF’s programme will be launched in early 2017.

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NZ Government Considering Complete Overhaul of NZ’s Points System


Within days of the New Zealand Government implementing an overnight change of the Skilled Migrant Category’s (SMC) Points System, the Government had already commenced consulting with dozens of industry players about the overhaul proposal, as reported by Radio New Zealand (RNZ).

This comes amid Immigration New Zealand’s (INZ) second review of the SMC, whereby initial reviews lead to the department’s fears that the SMC points system does not prioritise the “highest value” workers that it was designed to achieve.

It is worth noting that the current SMC system has been in place since 2003, where it was designed to assess New Zealand’s needs for skilled migrants.

According to INZ’s area manager Mr. Darren Calder, the aim of the current review for an overhaul of the SMC system was to ensure that it provided the “most benefit to New Zealand”.

Mr. Calder further stated that 1300, or 36 percent, of all residence applications were decided within 60 days in September, citing improvements in INZ’s processing time of SMC applications in the August/November 2016 period.

Contact Thomas. Jefferson Associates today for expert advice and assistance for your SMC application to New Zealand.

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Surge in American Political “Refugees”?



It has widely been reported that “heaps of people are Googlin’ how to leave America“. However, if you look a little closer at the reasons why people may want to leave, the definition of “refugee” may pop up in your mind.

In the 1951 Geneva Convention (WARNING: link to pdf of extremely boring document!) the term “refugee” applies to any person who, due to:

“a well-founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group or political opinion, is outside the country of his nationality and is unable or, owing to such fear, is unwilling to avail himself of the protection of that country; or who, not having a nationality and being outside the country of his former habitual residence as a result of such events, is unable or, owing to such fear, is unwilling to return to it. In the case of a person who has more than one nationality, the term ‘the country of his nationality” shall mean each of the countries of which he is a national, and a person shall not be deemed to be lacking the protection of the country of his nationality if, without any valid reason based on well-founded fear, he has not availed himself of the protection of one of the countries of which he is a national”

[Convention of 1951, Article 1A (2)] 

So, does that mean we can expect a surge in political refugees from America?

We.. don’t think so.

BUT, what we do know is, we have assisted “heaps” of individuals and SMEs eliminate borders, as well as achieve mobility freedom, all with the help within our network of professionals in the region.

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Implementation of the Common Reporting Standard (CRS)


From 1st January 2017, the Common Reporting Standard (“CRS”) will be implemented in Hong Kong.

CRS is the internationally agreed standard endorsed by the Organisation of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). Under the CRS, it allows for the exchange of your financial account information. Banks are required to identify your tax residence status.

If you are a tax resident in a country with which Hong Kong has signed a competent authority agreement, the banks will disclose your account information to the Hong Kong Inland Revenue Department (IRD).

For more information about how this may affect you or your business, or assistance with personal/corporate bank account opening in Hong Kong, contact one of our Consultants for more information: info@tjassocs.com

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