We last issued an immigration to South Africa update in June 2014, close after the new immigration rules were put into effect.
As always when regulations are implemented there is a period of time required for them to be ‘bedded in’ and as such we feel it appropriate 4 months later to issue an update to the Immigration to South Africa regulations.
Please remember that the terminology for immigration to South Africa altered with the new regulations:
- A Visa is a temporary visa and includes short term stays.
- A Permit is permanent residency.
- All applications processed before the new regulations would mean you held a permit. Do not mistake this for permanent residency, a permit was previously temporary residency as well as permanent.
Immigration to South Africa – visa and permit options effected
Section 11(2) – Visitors Visa with authorization to work
Commonly referred to as a business visa, holders of a section 11 (2) are now permitted to work. This applied to those who are employed by a company abroad and have a need to work in South Africa for a maximum period of 90 days.
The recent new Directive 6 is also pertinent to the new changes, as the process has also changed now. Read more Immigration to South Africa – Update Summary November 2014