DHA scrapping visitor visas to South Africa for 7 countries plus 3 more major changes in the pipeline


The Department of Home Affairs is introducing a number of changes that’ll make it easier for people to travel to South Africa.

The Minister and Deputy Minister of Home Affairs, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi and Hon. Njabulo Bheka Nzuza respectively, announced these changes during the Home Affairs Budget Vote on 10 July. Read more DHA scrapping visitor visas to South Africa for 7 countries plus 3 more major changes in the pipeline

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Overstaying your visa in South Africa

It used to be that anyone found guilty of overstaying their South African visa was slapped with a fine of up to R3000.

Then in 2014 the immigration legislation changed and much harsher penalties replaced the overstay fine. These penalties, still in effect today, was an ‘undesirable person’ status and a ban on entering South Africa.

Surprisingly, some people still think that paying a fine is the only penalty for overstaying a visa. You can imagine the chaos these people are dumped into when receiving a ban of up to 5 years. Read more Overstaying your visa in South Africa

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DHA restricts short-term work authorization to 180 days per year

The Department of Home Affairs has issued a directive that restricts short-term work authorization (the Section 11(2) endorsement to visitor’s visa) to 180 days per calendar year.

Additionally, renewals within South Africa will be limited to only one per year, and a ‘cooling off’ period will be applied to prevent applicants from immediately applying for a successive 11(2) endorsement from abroad. Read more DHA restricts short-term work authorization to 180 days per year

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

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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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