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VFS centres closing for the festive season

In an unprecedented move, VFS South Africa has announced that its visa application centres will be closed from 19 December 2014 to 5 January 2015.  The closure will affect thousands of expiring-visa holders who will not be able to renew visas during this time. What is VFS South Africa VFS South Africa, part of the […]

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Nobel summit relocated to Rome

Fans and followers of the Dalai Lama who hoped to finally see his Holiness on South African soil will be disappointed to learn that the country forfeited the opportunity to host the Nobel Peace laureate’s summit this year after denying the Dalai Lama a visa for a third time. The summit, which was initially to […]

VFS Appeals - South African Immigration advice from Le Roux Attorneys

VFS Appeals – What you need to know

You’ve obtained all your documents, waited in line, and finally submitted your visa or permanent residency application. Days turn into weeks, and weeks into months, but before you have a chance to finalise your Christmas wish-list you have your outcome from the Department of Home Affairs REJECTED. What to do if your South African visa […]

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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 […]

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Summertime Sadness for expiring visa holders

Waiting for your new visa to be issued?  Previous visa expired? Don’t go home for Christmas. With the festive season fast approaching, we are often asked whether clients who await issuance of their visas will be allowed to travel to their home countries for the holidays. Due to recent changes to South Africa’s immigration policies, […]

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The King who envied the shepherd

South African provincial rugby side, the EP Kings, have made news after one of their newly acquired foreign imports, Samoan wing Paul Perez, had his contract terminated after disappearing for two days without permission or notice. Under the conditions of Perez’s visa, the EP Kings were obliged to inform the Department of Home Affairs of […]

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Drunken driving convictions and visas

Clients often ask “can I apply for a visa if I have been convicted of drunken driving?” The answer depends on the sentence which followed the conviction. Requirements for a South African Visa application When applying for a visa, applicants older than 18 are required to submit a police clearance certificate in respect of every […]

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South African film industry put to the test

South Africa’s film and television industry continues to play an increasingly important role in creating employment opportunities and attracting foreign investment, contributing an estimated R3.5 billion to the national economy in 2013. The favorable exchange rate, picturesque locations, as well as the impressive repertoire of internationally acclaimed productions filmed within its borders, have solidified South […]

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Corporate visas – What’s changed?

In the past, corporate visas (formerly known as corporate permits until 26 May 2014) were recommended to many South African organizations which needed to bring foreign workers into the country en masse. Due to the 2014 changes to South Africa’s immigration policies, which became effective from 26 May 2014, the holders of corporate worker certificates, […]

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South African Immigration policies challenged

Several months after the implementation of the amended Immigration Act No. 13 of 2002 and the accompanying regulations, there is still protest from various stakeholders within the travel and tourism industry, including local government. The Minister of Home Affairs, Malusi Gigaba, recently addressed the Western Cape provincial parliament’s economic opportunities, tourism and agriculture committee in […]