Katja, one of our senior immigration consultants, is the perfect person to assist someone who wants to move countries. She’s done it many times herself. Katja grew up in Japan and Germany, with her student years spent in both Germany and the USA.
Katja’s also made time to travel to other parts of the world. It was during these travels that Katja passed through Cape Town, fell in love with the Mother City and decided to stay.
Fast-forward a couple of years and now Katja has spent 7 years at Intergate where she looks after our German and French-speaking clients from all over the world.
Here’s what she has to say about immigration and living in South Africa:
Q: What was the biggest lesson you learned from your own immigration?
That it can be nerve-racking and chaotic. I spent hours waiting at Home Affairs and was told every time that something else was missing.
Q: What do you like most about working in immigration?
That it is an ever changing market place.
Q: What do you find frustrating about working in immigration?
That the requirements are not clearly communicated by Home Affairs.
Q: From your experience, why do our clients move to South Africa?
Because the weather is nice and South Africa offers a good quality of life.
Q: What is the most important piece of advice you can give to someone who want to move to South Africa?
To be patient.
Q: Is there any specific advice for clients moving from Germany?
Remember that things are different in South Africa.
Q: What do you love most about living in South Africa?
I personally love the weather and the South Easter in Cape Town.
Q: How can prospective migrants contact you?
Via email, firstname.lastname@example.org, or phone – +27 (0) 21 424 2460 (Cape Town office) or +27 (0) 76 893 12 74 (cell).
- I can’t live without: My family and my windsurfing board.
- My ultimate travel destination is: I have already traveled a lot, so I might just do them all again.