The future of permanent residence in South Africa

permanent residence in south africaEarlier this year the Immigration White Paper was gazetted and it proposed that permanent residence in South Africa be replaced with a long term residence visa.

This long term residence visa will reviewable and not contribute towards citizenship. This move is to dispel the view that immigrants have a constitutional right to progress towards citizenship due to years spent in South Africa.

The final amended legislation will be submitted to Parliament for public consultation and approval in March 2019.

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Here’s why you should consider a retirement visa if you visit South Africa often

visit south africaWhy do you visit South Africa and holiday here? Surely it’s to swim in our oceans, bask in the sun, drive through the winelands and see the Big 5 with your own eyes?

We know it’s definitely not to spend time on paperwork, stand in Home Affairs queues and worry about looming visa expiry dates.

But if you’re still renewing your visitor’s visa with each visit to South Africa, and adding stress to your holiday, why are you doing this yourself?

There is a much better way to visit South Africa if you do it often – and it’s with a South African retirement visa.

Here’s why:

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9 Questions answered about emigration to South Africa

emigration to south africaIt’s safe to say that you’re dreaming about emigration to South Africa if you’re reading this.

The next thing we’ll assume is that you have a million questions. It’s to be expected!

And that’s why we’ve put together nine of the most commonly asked questions people just like you have:

  • What do I do if I want to work in South Africa?
  • Can I study in South Africa?
  • How do I start a business in South Africa?
  • How do I know if I qualify for a visa?
  • Can my significant other and children join me?
  • Can I bring my pets?
  • How long will it take to process my application?
  • How much does an application cost?
  • Who can help me with my application?

Let’s get straight to the answers:

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Travelling with children to and from South Africa this festive season?

travelling with children to and from south africaThe holiday season is fast approaching, which means it’s a good time to remind you of the rules for travelling with children to and from South Africa.

These rules apply to minors (children under the age of 18) travelling with both parents or just one, children travelling with someone other than a parent and children travelling on their own.

In essence all minors require the consent of their parents when travelling to and from South Africa.

The requirements as set out by the Department of Home Affairs

The Department of Home Affairs asks for different documents depending on whether the child is travelling with:

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The accompanying spouse visa for South Africa

accompanying spouse visa South AfricaThe Department of Home Affairs realises that couples want to come to South Africa together when one person is starting a job here. That’s why the DHA created the accompanying spouse visa for South Africa.

As the name suggests, this visa allows the non working partner to join their significant other in South Africa. The application will be made at the same time as the main applicant’s visa or it can be made after the work visa has been issued.

Here’s what you ought to know about this visa:

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Meet the team: Marcia de Voogt

Marcia de VoogtToday we’d like to introduce you to Marcia de Voogt, one of our senior immigration consultants. Marcia’s been part of the Intergate team since 2009 and is one of two consultants in charge of our Dutch-speaking clients.

As you may be able to tell from her surname, Marcia is Dutch herself but she couldn’t resist the Mother City’s charm when she first set foot here.

Q: What road lead you to South Africa?

My husband (then boyfriend) had the opportunity to do a 6-month internship in Cape Town. I joined him, found a job at Intergate and after the 6 months we just never left.

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Extending a South African 90-day business visa

extending a south african business visaA German national recently contacted one of our consultants asking about extending a South African 90-day business visa. The person was in South Africa on business and needed more time to wrap up things.

It’s the type of query we get often, but just as often visitors don’t know the ins and outs of this visa’s renewal. The result? At the minimum, confusion. Unfortunately, sometimes, also last minute changes to plans or abrupt ends to business trips.

We’re willing to bet this is not the situation you want to be in during your next business visit to South Africa. If we’re right, continue reading…

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The requirements for South African work visas

requirements for south african work visasDo you know what the requirements for South African work visas are?

You don’t? You’re not the only one. A great number of people who call us about work visas don’t know either.

But here’s why we think it’s important to know at least the main requirements:

  • You won’t pin your hopes and dreams on a visa you don’t qualify for.
  • You won’t go ahead and actually apply for a visa you don’t qualify for.

We’re sure you can tell that both these scenarios will only lead to disappointment and frustration.

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