10 Questions to ask yourself if you want to immigrate to South Africa

immigrate to south africa

The last thing you should do if you want to immigrate to South Africa, is rush into it.

Instead you want to take some time to ask yourself a couple of key questions to set yourself up for success right from the start.

But what questions should you be able to answer? Read more 10 Questions to ask yourself if you want to immigrate to South Africa

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Travelling with your South African permanent residence certificate

south african permanent residenceIn 2015 the process for issuing proof of South African permanent residence changed.

Up to that point, permanent residents received a stamp or sticker in their passport as endorsement of their residency status.

The change saw a scrapping of the endorsement and instead permanent residents started to only receive their permanent residence certificates.

Read more Travelling with your South African permanent residence certificate

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Critical skills visa update

Critical skills visa update
Critical skills visa update

If you hold, or have applied for, a critical skills visa the below critical skills visa update provides you with important information about the ongoing obligations that have to be met.

In May 2014 the new immigration regulations brought with it a new type of work visa – The Critical Skills Visa. Read more Critical skills visa update

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Foreign students get a relief on their Appeal Applications

Foreign students get a relief on their Appeal Applications
Foreign students get a relief on their Appeal Applications

Those foreign students who have Appeal Applications pending-please read the below press release by the Department of Home Affairs- there is a provision for you, until the end of April 2015
See below:
“Dear Dr Jeffrey Mabelebele

REGISTRATION OF STUDENTS WHO HAVE PENDING VISA APPLICATIONS WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF HOME AFFAIRS
The Department of Home Affairs has since become aware of a significant number of students whose applications for a study visa were rejected because of incomplete supporting documents. The majority of these applicants did not have a South African Police Clearance Certificate as required by regulation 12(1)(d) Read more Foreign students get a relief on their Appeal Applications

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Unwrapping the General Work Visa

General Work Visa South Africa
General Work Visa South Africa

May 2014 saw some fundamental changes to the way work visas could be applied for, not least was the alterations to the General Work Visa.

Below we take a look at some of these changes to the General Work Visa and as importantly what the actual effect of the implementation of these new regulations has meant.

When is it appropriate to apply for a general work visa?

It is important to understand the rationale behind the General Work Visa category. There exists a number of work visa options that cater for:

Those applicants who have what is deemed a critical skill – this is a comprehensive list of occupations and professions that can apply for a work visa (critical skills visa) without the need of an employment offer and based upon the fact that South Africa is in need of the talent that they supply.

Where ‘workers’ are being moved to South Africa due to the need of their employer there are the Intra company transfer work visa and the corporate workers visa alternatives. Read more Unwrapping the General Work Visa

Obtaining an ID book after being granted Permanent Residency

Obtaining an South African ID book
Obtaining an South African ID book

Firstly if you have just received your permanent residency for South Africa, let us congratulate you and welcome you to this wonderful rainbow nation of ours.

After a celebratory drink, purchasing your bafana bafana football shirt, or springbok rugby top, and perfecting the local dialogue your thoughts will probably change to “what next”?

Whether you have your permanent residence now or are expecting it in the near future, the below outlines for you the steps you need to take in obtaining an ID book after being granted your permanent residence certificate. Read more Obtaining an ID book after being granted Permanent Residency

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Critical skills IT professionals-South Africa

Critical skills South Africa- IT professions
Critical skills South Africa- IT professions

Critical Skills Category Profile: IT Professionals:

A scarce skill is a qualification or job for which there are too few qualified people in South Africa. South Africa’s skills shortage poses a significant limitation on the country’s long-term economic growth potential,so to address these shortages the Critical Skills Visa-which replaces the previous Quota and Exceptional skills work permits-is based around the applicant’s qualification sector and occupation. Read more Critical skills IT professionals-South Africa

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Jobs in South Africa

Jobs in South Africa
Jobs in South Africa

I’m not going to sugar coat it. South Africa has a huge unemployment rate.
The recent statistics are about 25% or around around 5.067 million people.
There are many South Africans without jobs.

However…There are currently as many as 829 800 unfilled jobs in South Africa for highly-skilled workers across a wide range of occupations in South Africa.

Adcorp warns that ‘South Africa’s skills shortage poses a significant limitation on the country’s long-term economic growth potential, with viable economic opportunities often rendered thereby unviable..”

Landing a job in South Africa can be quite difficult, but it is far from impossible, and in certain professions, dare I say it – relatively easy for those in the right professions.

Read more Jobs in South Africa

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Critical Skills Work Visa

Applying for a South African Critical Skills Work Visa
Applying for a South African Critical Skills Work Visa

An astronomer, a Biochemist and a farmer are on a plane together…

What could be mistaken as a lead up to a cliché old joke, is actually a very plausible scenario in relation to the South African Critical Skills Work Visa.

There are some qualifications which are classified as exceptional by the South African government, and that, coupled with the fact South Africa has a skill shortage in certain professions, resulted in the much appreciated landing of the new Work Visa termed the Critical Skills Work Visa, introduced May 2014 Read more Critical Skills Work Visa

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