The latest white paper on international migration for South Africa – Here’s what you need to know

white paper on international migration south africaThe Department of Home Affairs released the latest white paper on international migration for South Africa in July. As is usual with white papers, it offers recommendation on policy and strategic interventions for future immigration legislation.

Seeing as the white paper is a massive 82 pages from start to finish, we though we’d summarise the contents for you.

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Meet the team: Vincent van der Waal

Vincent van der WaalAt Intergate we pride ourselves on being able to assist clients in 8 different languages. One of those languages is Dutch, with two of our senior immigration consultants being Dutch. They’ve been through the immigration process themselves, so they have first-hand knowledge and experience to share with our clients.

This month we’re introducing you to one of our Dutch consultants – Vincent van der Waal.

Vincent has been part of the Intergate team since 2012. Here he tells us more about himself…

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How long does it take to get a South African visa?

how long does it take to get a south african visaOne of the questions we get most often, per email, phone and even on Facebook, is ‘How long does it take to get a South African visa?’

You might have been wondering this yourself.

Here’s our answer to you and everyone else asking this question: There is no standard processing time for South African visas. Each South African visa works on its timeline.

The only way to know how long your visa would take to process would be to know which visa you’d apply for.

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Immigrating to South Africa? Intergate offers the full package!

immigrating to south africaMoving countries is not for the fainthearted. That’s why Intergate offers foreigners immigrating to South Africa access to visa, forex and banking services as well as property buyers’ agents.

Here we’ll discuss each service so that you can see how we can help you:

  • Intergate Immigration (visa services)
  • Incompass (forex and banking services)
  • SAHomeBuyers (property buyers’ agents)

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How to start a business in South Africa as a foreigner

how to start a business in south africaWhen you’re exploring how to start a business in South Africa, one of your first searches might be around how to register the business.

There’s a reason we say this. Our client managers get countless enquiries every day asking about business registrations in South Africa.

Here’s what you shouldn’t forget – the visa always come first! This is the only way to be involved in a business in South Africa as a foreigner – with a valid business visa in hand.

To help you understand the process, we’ll look at all the most important things you need to have in place to apply for a South African business visa:

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‘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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