Immigration to South Africa – Update Summary November 2014

Immigration to South Africa - Update Summary November 2014
Immigration to South Africa – Update Summary November 2014

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.

Terminology

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

Critical Skills Visa Makes It Easier to Work And Live in South Africa Than Ever Before

APPROVALChange is no easy thing to deal with. As human beings, we’re even programmed to keep as much constant as possible to maintain homeostasis, our bodies’ own anti-change mechanism. But often, the greatest opportunities can arise from what can appear to be the most challenging of shifts. And such is the case with South Africa’s 2014 immigration legislation revision.

While the overhaul created some hurdles, the advent of the new law’s critical skills visa brings with it the chance for certain workers to find a job and seamlessly settle in South Africa easier than ever before.  Read more Critical Skills Visa Makes It Easier to Work And Live in South Africa Than Ever Before

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Travelling with children South Africa: New rules challenged

The new travel regulations profoundly affect the travelling of parents with children.
The new travel regulations profoundly affect the travelling of parents with children.

We have written much in the last few weeks regarding the controversial new regulations concerning the new requirements for minor children (classified as under 18’s) travelling both in and out of South Africa.

There has been a number of challenges to the Department of Home Affairs that has included representation from airlines, the Department of Tourism and other stakeholders in the tourism industry. Some claim the new rules could cost the economy up to 10 billion rand per annum and others that the Department of Home Affairs is simply not yet ready to cope with the new practises Read more Travelling with children South Africa: New rules challenged

Which tourists are visiting South Africa?

South Africa's leading overseas tourists in March 2014 were from the United Kingdom.
South Africa’s leading overseas tourists in March 2014 were from the United Kingdom.

Which tourists are visiting us?

As an immigration company we look for trends in the tourism statistics as one of the indicators for future immigration. Following up from our article on immigration trends today we look at the tourism/visitors statistics for March 2014.

Historically there is some correlation between the number of visitors/tourists that a country receives and its current and future appeal as a destination for attracting investment, entrepreneurs and skilled migrants. Read more Which tourists are visiting South Africa?

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Immigration Frustration: Are the New Regulations so Awful?

On 15th July 2014 you could listen to an interview on classic FM’s Politonomy with the topic: Immigration Frustration: “Immigration Frustration: Are the New Regulations so Awful?”

In the interview the changes in South African Immigration law were discussed. If you missed it you will be able to listen to it here.

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Alternatives to Exceptional Skills Work Permit South Africa

doctorAn invitation to Exceptional skills work permit holders from Intergate Immigration

A good many exceptional skills work permit holders may already be aware, and a good many maybe not, that the new immigration regulations have come into effect and have had a profound effect on your existing permit.

In short the exceptional skills work permit no longer exists to new applicants and you can read more about it at https://www.intergate-immigration.com/blog/quota-work-exceptional-skills-permit-renewal/.

What this means to you?

It does not effect your current status in South Africa, but as a temporary resident it has a major effect on your future ability to renew your exceptional skills work permit, or / and apply for permanent residency. This will no longer be possible. Read more Alternatives to Exceptional Skills Work Permit South Africa

Quota work permit no longer exists. What now?

quota work permit no longer exists
quota work permit no longer exists

An invitation to Quota work permit holders from Intergate Immigration

A good many quota work permit holders may already be aware, and a good many maybe not, that the new immigration regulations have come into effect and have had a profound effect on your existing permit.

In short the quota work permit no longer exists to new applicants and you can read more about it at https://www.intergate-immigration.com/blog/quota-work-exceptional-skills-permit-renewal/#more-1049.

What this means to you?

It does not effect your current status in South Africa, but as a temporary resident it has a major effect on your future ability to renew your quota work permit. This will no longer be possible. Read more Quota work permit no longer exists. What now?

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South African Immigration Summary – Update

Immigration Update Summary June 12th 2014
Immigration Update Summary June 12th 2014

Since our last new immigration law update there has been some clarification on certain issues.

Rather than cause confusion we have therefore amended our last communication with you in this regards, so although you will some duplication, you do have one document which you may refer to. Read more South African Immigration Summary – Update

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Critical Skills Work Visa South Africa

Critical Skills Work Visa South Africa
Critical Skills Work Visa South Africa

For many prospective immigrants to South Africa, and indeed those already here on certain work permits or visas, you may be forgiven for thinking that the new Immigration Act is all bad news.

It would seem all the media and press has been focusing on the negative aspects of the Act rather than the positives.

So for a change lets give you some positive news – the Critical skills work visa.

Read on because the critical skills work visa now presents opportunities for both new immigrants and those existing permit holders that did not exist before. Read more Critical Skills Work Visa South Africa

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What South Africans abroad need to know about the new immigration regulations

What South Africans abroad need to know about the new immigration regulations
What South Africans abroad need to know about the new immigration regulations

One day you might return to South Africa

South Africans abroad should be aware of the recent immigration law changes and the impact they may have on any future plans to return to South Africa with their partners.

A failure to be aware of them, and their possible intent going forward, could have a profound effect on their ability to return to South Africa with their families.

Below we take a look at the events leading up to the new regulations, the current outcome and most importantly we give you some hints and tips about what you should do to guard yourselves and plan ahead.

We encourage all South Africans abroad to read the below. Whilst you may not have any current plans to return to South Africa, who knows what the future holds? Read more What South Africans abroad need to know about the new immigration regulations