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 […]

new changes to South African immigration regulations

South African Immigration Policy Changes Announced

The presidentially appointed inter-ministerial committee tasked with reviewing South Africa’s onerous immigration regulations has reached an agreement with the Department of Home Affairs. The consensus outlines the following set of changes to come into effect in three months’ time: Changes to Unabridged Birth Certificate Policy South African minor children under the age of 18 travelling out […]

court rules on labour brokers

Court rules on labour brokers

A recent Labour Court ruling has attempted to wade through the murky waters of the relationship between Temporary Employment Services (“TES”) organisations – commonly referred to as “labour brokers”, client employers and employees. The ruling, delivered on 8 September 2015, overturns a decision previously reached by the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (“CCMA”). The […]

Lesotho Special Dispensation

Minister Malusi Gigaba announces Lesotho Special Dispensation

On the 22nd of September 2015, Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba announced measures to improve movement between the Kingdom of Lesotho and the Republic of South Africa. This was after bilateral negotiations between the Ministers of Home affairs of the two countries and their senior officials in Lesotho, during the official visit of Minister Gigaba, of 21-22 September. Minister […]

VFS United Kingdom

VFS United Kingdom now processing South African visa applications

Important Changes Regarding Submission of Visa Applications in the United Kingdom. Improving UK travel to South Africa In an effort to improve services to British citizens and other nationals residing in the UK who wish to travel to South Africa, a South African Visa Facilitation Service (VFS Global) has started operating in London, Manchester and […]

Banned from South Africa

Banned from South Africa – What Now?

News Flash: The overstay endemic continues. Despite the widely publicised issues pertaining to foreigners overstaying their visas to South Africa, the number of people getting banned from South Africa as a result of these overstays continues to rise. Overturning bans from South Africa on the rise We are seeing a daily influx of foreigners making […]