New Immigration Rules for South Africa

New Immigration Rules for South Africa
New Immigration Rules for South Africa

New Immigration Rules for South Africa coming into effect – 26th May 2104

Intergate have today received the Government Gazette for the new immigration rules for South Africa coming into effect on 26th May 2014.

Despite many companies ‘forecasting’ the new regulations would come into effect in early June, the new rules will apply from 26th May 2014.

The gazette detailing the new rules was published on the 22nd May 2014 and was signed off on 16th May 2014.

Below we provide you with the first in a series of articles of the new rules, specifically regarding the notice period and effect on those who are yet to apply.

We ask you please bear in mind the 272 page document was received only this morning and we continue to work our way through it.

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Notice period and effect

Having been received on the 23rd May 2014, with an implementation date of the 26th May 2014, this equates to one working days notice. It is not surprising that the Department of Home Affairs gave such little notice, as it follows the normal pattern. This however does not take away from the fact that to give such little notice, for the new immigration rules for South Africa coming into effect, borders on ridiculous.

At Intergate, our experience in successfully processing thousands of applications over the last 8 years sees us well prepared. Since the publishing of the new rules in February we have tailored our advice to ensure our clients are in the best possible position and also leveraged our large resources to submit over 600 applications during this period.

Other potential applicants will not have been so fortunate. Many will now find themselves a ‘victim’ of the short notice period of the implementation of the new South African immigration rules. This will typically be those who have yet to submit an application but ‘signed up’ as below:

  • All potential applicants in South Africa on a visitors visa who were hoping to submit an application for temporary residency in South Africa.
  • Potential life partner permit applicants where they cannot prove 2 years cohabitation.
  • Those who were hoping to apply for a quota work permit.
  • Those who were hoping to apply for a temporary or permanent exceptional skills permit.

What does this mean?

If you fall into the above categories you will need a serious re think.

  • As the quota and exceptional skills work permit no longer exist you will need to see if you qualify under a new category.
  • Life partners face a stricter qualifying criteria with a 2 year co habitation rule.
  • Applications will no longer be accepted in South Africa for first time applicants.

What do I do if I fall into these categories?

Your situation needs to be accessed as soon as possible in line with the new South African immigration rules.

You can contact us on + 27 (0) 21 424 2460 or email us on info@intergate-immigration.com or use any of the contact points on this page, including instant chat.