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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How to become a resident of South Africa

how to become a resident of south africaIf you’re reading this, it means you want to know how to become a resident of South Africa. Who can blame you? South Africa’s natural beauty is beyond compare, our private healthcare is exceptional, and we’re the third most inclusive country in the world!

Let’s get straight into it then, shall we? The starting point to becoming a South African resident is asking yourself two key questions: Read more How to become a resident of South Africa

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Meet the Team: Natalie Samuels

Natalie SamuelsThis month we took some time out to chat to Natalie Samuels, one of our newest team members.

Natalie previously travelled the globe as an air hostess, a role that prepared her well for dealing with people from all across the world. Working as a client manager at Intergate, where she could continue using the people skills she learned, was a natural progression for Natalie. Read more Meet the Team: Natalie Samuels

9 Photos of South Africa showing off

South Africa is known as one of the most beautiful, unique, and vibrant places on earth – and for good reason! Where else do you find more than 3000 species of flowers in bloom in one area each year? Or lions, leopards, rhinos, elephants, and African buffalos? Yes, the Big 5 in one country.

We could write about South Africa’s charms all day but only photos would do them justice. Here’s South Africa showing off in grand style:

The locals of the Namaqua National Park

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Namaqualand is a semi-desert region located in northwest South Africa 🇿🇦, considered highly inhospitable for human beings due to the absence of water sources. Every year after the winter rainy season (which runs from May to August), just like a Fairy Godmother to her Cinderella, Mother Nature dresses the Namaqua National Park in a jaw-dropping kaleidoscopic frock of wildflowers🌷, reminiscent of an Impressionist painting. Check out 👉 our guide to South Africa and come discover the more than 3000 floral species of the park: http://bit.ly/SouthAfricaTravelGuides Photo 📸 by Cathy Withers-Clarke . . . . . #arrivalguides #lonelyplanet #southafrica #namaqualand #namaquanationalpark #capetown #africa #flowers #Nababeep #Springbok #Kamieskroon #Calvinia #tourism #photography #travelphotography #adventure #wanderlust #travelgram #explore #holiday #traveling #travelphoto #travelblog #traveladdict #tourism #mytravelgram #traveltheworld

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Free seminar for UK nationals based in South Africa

free uk seminarLimited spots so book as soon as possible.

A great many of our clients over the last 14 years have emigrated to South Africa from the UK.

With the increasing costs and tax liabilities attached to inheritance tax we are delighted to introduce you to the chance to attend a free seminar on the subject – and more importantly how to plan against it. Read more Free seminar for UK nationals based in South Africa

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The 2019 draft critical skills list: Here’s our advice to our clients


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There has been a lot of press around the draft critical skills list that is rumored to come into effect in this month (April 2019).

Thus far, Intergate has refrained from commenting simply because we don’t want to create unnecessary panic among our clients.

However, with the intended date of signing in rapidly approaching, we decided to give input on the matter. Read more The 2019 draft critical skills list: Here’s our advice to our clients

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Cape Town vs Joburg vs Pretoria vs Durban: Comparing living costs

cost of living south africa citiesCape Town, Johannesburg, Pretoria and Durban are South Africa’s largest cities.

These four cities are also the most popular with foreign nationals looking to settle in South Africa. Especially Cape Town and Johannesburg.

Seeing as this is the case, we decided to compare living costs between the cities. Read more Cape Town vs Joburg vs Pretoria vs Durban: Comparing living costs

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Meet the Team: Giulia Crozier

Giulia is one of our newest team members, having started working at Intergate in September 2018. As a client manager, she spends her days looking after clients from the first moment of contact.

Here we get to know Giulia a little better. If you’d like to speak to her about immigrating to South Africa, please see her contact details at the end of the article. Read more Meet the Team: Giulia Crozier