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What Foreigners Need to Know About Renting or Buying Property in South Africa

Owning property in South Africa is steadily increasing and many professionals view the country as a business gateway into Africa. Coupled with the fact that, the rand’s value in comparison to major foreign currencies makes for an attractive investment for residential property. It has become common place for many of South Africa’s more affluent suburbs […]

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DHA Scraps Visa Transfers

Expired passports will automatically cause visas to expire UPDATE [3 March 2017] – The Department of Home Affairs has done an about-turn and confirmed that it will still allow visa transfers for the time being.  Unexpired visas in passports which have already expired will be recognised as valid for now.  However, the circular which is […]

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Mos Def apologises and leaves South Africa

Yasiin Bey, also known as Mos Def, a US rapper and actor apologises and leaves South Africa after contravening the South African Immigration Act earlier this year. DHA held a media briefing on Tuesday, 22 November 2016, to announce the developments. When he attempted to leave the country at the Cape Town International Airport earlier […]

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UPDATE: New Police Clearance Process Postponed

In mid-September, The Department of Home Affairs (DHA) announced that a new process of gaining a South African police clearance via applicant’s biometrics (fingerprints) would be effective as of 1 October 2016. Read more about the announcement here. VFS Global announced that this procedure has been temporarily postponed until further notice. Read the notice here. […]

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How To Get A Visa for autism treatment in South Africa

South Africa has a large choice of popular autism schools and treatment centres of a high standard which a number of foreign nationals seeking treatments look to as a solution. In most cases, South Africa is the only option for some countries to turn to for treatments, as these centres have not yet established in […]

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Overstay Visa South Africa – Must I leave?

So you’re in South Africa a bit longer than you said you would be, due to some or other reason. Do you have to leave or can you extend your stay from inside the country? We take you through all your options below. Can I apply for a new visa or permit from within South […]

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Visa Overstay South Africa – How will you pay?

A year has passed since the amended Immigration Act and regulations came into effect and we are still seeing people overstaying their South African visas on a regular basis. One of the more common reasons for a visa overstay in South Africa is that many foreigners still hold the erroneous belief that they will be able pay […]

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The declaration of “Undesirability”

Overstaying a South African visa is certainly the most common reason for foreigners being declared undesirable and banned from the country, but it is not the only one. Who would be at risk of being declared undesirable The Immigration Act grants a discretionary power on the Director-General of Home Affairs, allowing him to declare the following […]

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Foreign-registered companies in South Africa

Companies registered outside South Africa may conduct business in South Africa in two ways.  Firstly, the company can register a South African subsidiary.  Alternatively, the company can register as an “external company” in terms of section 23 of the Companies Act. If none of the incorporators have a South African visa, then registering a South […]