Prosecution of illegal foreigners

Illegal foreigners encouraged to depart SA or face penalties

In light of recent events, the parliamentary portfolio committee on Home Affairs has been taken to task over issues centered on the prevalence of illegal foreigners within South Africa’s borders and the perceived inability on the part of the government to keep track of their entrance and continued residence in the country. The proposed new […]

Welcome change to corporate visa rules

Welcome change to corporate visa rules

The rules relating to corporate visas, which enable organizations and farms to bring large numbers of skilled workers into South Africa, have changed. In terms of Immigration Directive 36 of 2014, issued on 21 April 2015, corporate worker certificate holders who also qualify for critical skills visas, will be allowed to change their status from […]

Immigration Inspectorate cracks down on South African employers

Immigration Inspectorate cracks down on South African employers

South Africa’s immigration policy is once again up for review. It has recently emerged that, since 2010, approximately 330 000 foreigners have overstayed their South African visas and remained in the country illegally. This is commonly viewed as the result of government failing to significantly invest in methods aimed at policing illegals residents. This is, however, […]

10 jobs in demand in South Africa

10 unique jobs you didn’t know were in demand in South Africa right now

South Africa’s critical skills list is a comprehensive outline of professions that have been deemed to be in demand by the country. While many of the jobs you’ll likely be familiar with, here are ten listed occupations that might come as a surprise to you [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row] Speak to a professional Contact Le Roux Attorneys, South African […]

BRICS member nations

Special visas for BRICS member nations

Last week saw the announcement of a special visa dispensation for business people from any of the BRICS member states. BRICS is the acronym given to the association of countries made up of the 5 major emerging national economies, namely: Brazil, Russia, India, China & South Africa. Reason for new Visa Relguations The announcement comes […]

South African visas for journalists

South African visas for journalists

In the past, many journalists opted for the exceptional skills work visa when on long-term assignment in South Africa. It was a perfect match, as one of the yardsticks to determine whether a candidate’s skills could be deemed as “exceptional” was the amount of media coverage the candidate’s work and career had attracted. Due to the […]

South-African-permanent-residency

Permanent residency is not that permanent

Most people are unaware of the fact that a South African permanent residence permit (“PRP”) may be withdrawn by the Department of Home Affairs. South African residence permit can be withdrawin There are four prevalent reasons for the withdrawal of a permanent residency permit, namely where: A PRP holder is convicted of a serious criminal […]

South African Spaza Shops and foreign competition

‘Spaza’ shops and foreign competition

Minister of Small Business Development, Lindiwe Zulu, has ordered foreign small business owners to share their trade secrets with locals, or else. Foreigners who are entrepreneurs The minister’s comments come on the heels of a series of xenophobic attacks and acts of vandalism against immigrant ‘spaza’ shop owners in Gauteng. Minister Zulu is quoted as […]

Mangosuthu Buthelezi - South African visa system

Our “Dysfunctional Work Permit System”

Likely familiar to you by now, the 2014 South African Immigration Act Amendments have been the source of widespread controversy. Arguably one of the most vociferously contested points surrounding the Act has concerned the potentially detrimental effects on both foreign investment and the influx of highly qualified professionals. The most recent public figure to lend […]

DHA compromise on South African advertising immigration policy

Compromise for Advertising Sector

A recent agreement between the Commercial Producers Association of South Africa and the Department of Home Affairs promises to allay some of the concerns faced by SA’s advertising sector. Amendments to national immigration policy last year had stakeholders of the television and film industry apprehensive over losses in international revenue on account of onerous visa […]