As are many others Intergate are deeply perturbed by the gazetted changes to the immigration rules pertaining to life partners.
The main issues are:
– The new need to show 5 years cohabitation
– The inability of many couples already in South Africa not being able to renew their permits due to this new 5 year rule
– The apparent discrimination of those who choose not to get married
– The hardship this will place on many same sex couples
We have already, in anticipation of these rules being implemented (we hope they are not) sought legal advice.
We are asking all concerned South Africans and their partners to register on our mailing list which we have set up specifically to keep you informed of developments.