In 2014, the South African immigration act underwent a lot of change. Some of these changes affected the South African business visa category.
One of the main changes was that the Department of Home Affairs decided to include the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in the application process.
This change initially proved to be very disruptive to business visa applicants. The inclusion of the DTI added some months to the business visa application.
That said, the process is now much smoother and have given the entrepreneur the added bonus of having the DTI’s input into whether the business will be in South Africa’s best interest and therefore, by default, whether the DTI feels the business will be a success.
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