Successful Permanent Residency Visa

Le Roux Attorneys: Permanent Residency Permit Outcome in Record Time

With the help of Le Roux Attorneys Zimbabwean national, Kudzai Mushininga was granted a permanent residency certificate in less than three months.  Read her story below. As an aspiring actuary, Kudzai elected to study at UCT due to its international recognition, affordability in comparison to equivalent international institutions, and its close proximity to her Zimbabwean […]

spousal visa

Relief for spousal visa applicants

In-country change of status to spousal visa now allowed VFS in South Africa has been instructed to allow visitors visa holders to change status from within South Africa.  In-country change of status will however only be allowed when the visitor wants to change to long-stay visitor visas or to a spousal visa. [UPDATE – see […]

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Legalising yourself from within South Africa

In the past, prior to the amendments to the Immigration Act, it was possible for an illegal foreigner to “legalise” or “regularise” him/herself from within South Africa by making payment of the requisite fine. This is no longer the case and we are constantly encountering foreigners who find themselves illegally in South Africa with little […]

South Africa's 8 Most Magical Backpacking Meccas

South Africa’s 8 Most Magical Backpacking Meccas

Whether you’re an intrepid traveler, cash-strapped meanderer, or just someone aiming to keep their #wanderlust game strong, backpacking allows you to see some of the most beautiful and under-explored parts of this country (and the world) on a shoestring budget. Like all things in life however, not every backpacker’s lodge is created equal, many have […]

2016 Update on South Africa’s Visa Rules

South Africa's Department of Home Affairs has recently issued a statement outlining the progress achieved to date concerning last year's proposed visa concessions. The report identifies  several key areas for discussion, including: Unabridged Birth Certificates While South African minor children travelling out of the country still require an unabridged birth certificate (UBC) to do so, the Department of [...]
South African High Court

South African High Court sets spousal visa precedent

A Western Cape High Court ruling has set a precedent for spousal visa applications from within the country. The judgment saw Zimbabwean national, Lea Stewart, granted a spousal visa, after her initial application was rejected by the Department of Home Affairs. Clashing with the latest ammendment The basis for the initial rejection stemmed from amendments […]

Visa concessions address

Update on South African Visa Concessions

Home Affairs Director-General Mkuseli Apleni addressed stakeholders on the 10th of December, with a view to clarify the terms and progress of the visa concessions put forward by the inter-ministerial committee. The presentation touched on the following points. Concessions that will take effect within the next 3 months: For countries where no South African missions […]

Biometric data collection

Biometric Data Collection To Be Done At South African Airports

In accordance with the Department of Home Affairs’ recently proposed immigration revisions, staff at Johannesburg’s OR Tambo airport have commenced training for biometric data collection. DHA spokesperson Mayihlome Tshwete explained that the system would be effectively implemented at OR Tambo from December 1st onwards, with a view to have Cape Town and Durban’s airports ready […]

Student Waiver

DHA Waiver for International Students in South Africa

South Africa’s Minister of Home Affairs, Malusi Gigaba, announced on Thursday that international students whose visas had expired would be exempt from being declared undesirable and consequently banned from the country. The waiver applies exclusively to students whose visas expired at the end of October and November 2015, and would serve to extend the issuance […]