Landmark Constitutional Court judgement for asylum seekers and refugees

concourt judgementThe Constitutional Court’s judgement that asylum seekers and refugees can apply locally for South African visas or permits is the biggest news in immigration this month. This is a life-changing decision for thousands of asylum seeker and refugees in the country. Read more Landmark Constitutional Court judgement for asylum seekers and refugees

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Introducing Laura Cánepa and Mobility LC, for Uruguayan residency

Laura Canepa Mobility LCIntergate recently teamed up with Laura Cánepa from Mobility LC to offer South Africans the opportunity to gain residency in Uruguay. Uruguay is a safe, peaceful, soccer-mad South American country that offers residents a high quality of life.

Let’s get to know Laura

Laura Cánepa is a relocation, residency and immigration specialist. Her career stretches over 18 years. During this time Laura has worked for the Uruguayan Minister of Foreign Affairs and one of Uruguay’s biggest law firms, among others. Read more Introducing Laura Cánepa and Mobility LC, for Uruguayan residency

Breaking Down the South African Business Visa Process

south african business visaIn 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.

Read more Breaking Down the South African Business Visa Process

Travelling with your South African permanent residence certificate

south african permanent residenceIn 2015 the process for issuing proof of South African permanent residence changed.

Up to that point, permanent residents received a stamp or sticker in their passport as endorsement of their residency status.

The change saw a scrapping of the endorsement and instead permanent residents started to only receive their permanent residence certificates.

Read more Travelling with your South African permanent residence certificate

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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.

Read more The future of permanent residence in South Africa

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South Africa Relax Immigration Laws

south africa immigration lawsIn August, an Inter-Ministerial Committee on Migration was appointed to investigate the effects of South Africa’s immigration law changes. In particular, the changes around travelling with minors that had a noted impact on tourism.

On Friday, 23 October 2015, The Department of Home Affairs announced that Cabinet approved recommendations to relax South Africa’s visa regulations. This move was applauded by industry role players.

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Government’s Big Plans for Foreigners Who Want to Study in South Africa

study in south africa Minister Malusi Gigaba, Minister of Home Affairs, recently addressed students at the International Students Dialogue on International Migration. The Minister made clear government’s aspirations for foreigners who want to study in South Africa.

Read more Government’s Big Plans for Foreigners Who Want to Study in South Africa

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Hollard Home Warranty – Making Sure Your Dream Home Does not Become a Nightmare

Hollard Home WarrantyAll foreigners purchasing a property in South Africa are faced with a purchase process that is heavily slanted towards the seller. The buying process contains many pitfalls including clauses such as sold as seen, a lack of independent legal support and offer to purchase documents that are per-formatted in the sellers favor (normally with no cooling off period).

In short the buyer has little support in what is probably the biggest financial investment they are likely to make in South Africa.

The advent and rise of buyers agents, who look exclusively after the purchaser negates many of the issues buyers face and companies such as SAHomeBuyers have been helping buyers to find the right property, in the right area at the right price for nearly a decade.

Read more Hollard Home Warranty – Making Sure Your Dream Home Does not Become a Nightmare

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