Intergate attends public hearings

Intergate attends public hearingsLast week the Western Cape Provincial Parliament’s standing committee on agriculture and economic development held public hearings on the regulations in the schedule to the immigration act.

Intergate Immigration Director, Monya Flier, addressed the committee and stakeholders on behalf of Intergate Immigration.

Key speakers included Minister of Economic Opportunities Mr Alan Winde, Cape Town Tourism CEO Mr E Duminy, and International School of Cape Town’s Principal Mr Hunter among others.

The public hearings were held over Thursday and Friday with many disapproving the new visa regulations as it would affect their various industries negatively resulting in job losses.

Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba, failed to arrive for the final round of public hearings on Friday, nevertheless the examining of the impact of the new immigration regulations continued.  Read more Intergate attends public hearings

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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Home Affairs reaches new level of irony with Immigration practitioners

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No one sensible can dispute that some of the decisions that the Department of Home Affairs sometimes makes are occasionally hard to fathom.

The latest little gem surrounds the proposed repealing of section 46 – which covered whom could represent a client and the regulatory control that the Department had over such a representative.

The new regulations have seen this clause deleted in effect meaning no regulations over immigration practitioners. This I suppose was obvious as far back as 2010 when the DHA stopped offering immigration exams for budding immigration practitioners.

We have of course made our feelings known that the way forward is for the industry to be more regulated not less, but these points are for an other article.

Today we received an invitation from the DHA, to meet with VFS, the governments appointed outsourcing partner. Read more Home Affairs reaches new level of irony with Immigration practitioners

Home Affairs Wastes R46 Million On Court Cases

In a reply to a DA parliamentary question, the Department of Home Affairs revealed that it has spent R46.3 million on legal costs in 2011/2012. This is more than double the R21.3 million spent in the previous financial year.

These soaring costs are likely attributable to the fact that the Department’s immigration services are a complete disaster and they continuously fail to comply with court orders. The reply indicates that the legal costs were compounded by missing documents, lack of capacity and administrative errors.

An efficient and effective department should not be spending this amount of money on legal costs resulting from their own administrative failures.

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