‘Critical skills’ graduates now have quicker pathway to South African permanent residency

South African permanent residencyUp to 2014 foreigners who studied in South Africa did not qualify directly for South African permanent residency . Then new laws came in effect, making it possible for PhD graduates to apply for critical skills visas, which in turn could lead to permanent residency.

Now, in 2017, another change has been announced. This change opens up the possibility of permanent residency to a much larger group of foreign students.

What does the latest change entail?

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The basics of emigration to South Africa

emigration to south africaEmigration to South Africa, or any other country, is often frustrating. However, if you get the basics right, your emigration is bound to cause you far fewer grey hairs.

Here we’ll share the basics of emigration to South Africa you should know so that you know where to start, how to proceed and as a bonus – the most important thing you should do after you’ve received your visa.

1. Determine whether you are in fact eligible to live in South Africa

There is no point in spending your hard-earned savings on visa applications when you don’t actually qualify to live in South Africa.

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Meet the Team: Jaime Catala, our UK consultant for South African immigration

UK consultant for South African immigrationAt Intergate, we assign an immigration consultant to each of our business divisions. The UK is a large division for us and here Jaime Catala is the consultant who looks after our UK clients.

Originally from the UK himself, Jaime understands the experiences of our UK clients and can relate to their specific concerns.

If you haven’t had the pleasure of dealing with Jaime yet, you can get to know him a bit better right here and now. You’ll find his contact details at the end of the interview – please feel free to use them if you’re currently contemplating emigration from the UK.

Q: How did South Africa become your new home?

My wife is South African, we were both living in London and we’d been to Cape Town on holidays three times to visit family and friends. During our last trip, we decided to make the move and three years later… here we are, loving life. Best decision ever!

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What you should know about converting a foreign driving licence in South Africa

converting foreign driving licence in south africa When you first arrive in South Africa, you are allowed to drive using your foreign drivers licence. However, as a permanent resident, you must have a South African driving licence.

The information below on converting a foreign driving licence in South Africa is thus for you if you’re on the brink of becoming a permanent resident or have recently become one.

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Skilled immigration to South Africa: The 3 most sought-after industries

 

skilled immigration south africaWith the immigration legislation update in 2014, the South African Department of Home Affairs identified a long list of critical skills in South Africa. This opened the door for skilled immigration to South Africa for anyone with an occupation on the critical skills list.

Why is it important that you know this?

Many people who enquire about working in South Africa are not aware that their occupation appears on the critical skills list. This also means being unaware of the fact that it could be possible to apply for a critical skills visa.

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ZSP Permit Update: Your life in SA could be coming to an end!

zsp permit updateMinister of Home Affairs, Mr Malusi Gigaba recently announced a ZSP permit update, but it wasn’t necessarily what permit holders wanted to hear.

Unfortunately, all Zimbabweans on Zimbabwe Special Permits (ZSP) will have to follow the normal channels of applying for a work or study visa when their permits expire on 31 December 2017.

This means if you are a ZSP permit holder, you must apply for one of the various visas provided for in the South African Immigration Act.

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Romantic Places To Propose In South Africa

Romantic Places To Propose In South Africa
Romantic Places To Propose In South Africa

There is no denying the fact that South Africa is one of the most beautiful countries in the world.

Fortunately for you, this could work to your advantage if you have found the love of your life.

If you are ready to pop the question or you are simply looking for ideas, then you are in luck because there are plenty of romantic places to propose in South Africa.

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A Checklist For Your Move To South Africa

A Checklist For Your Move To South Africa
A Checklist For Your Move To South Africa

Planning your big move to South Africa ahead of time is going to benefit you and your family in many ways. For one it will definitely help you to feel more in control and at ease. Moving to another country with your family is such a big step, that it is easy to become scatterbrained. Creating a checklist for your move to South Africa is key to staying ahead.

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