Re-opening of application process for Zimbabwean special permits The re-opening of the application process for current Zimbabwean Special Permit holders has been approved by the cabinet, under certain conditions, according to Communications Minister, Ayanda Dlodlo, on Thursday 3rd August 2017.
On 28 July 2017 the South African Government has released its anticipated White Paper on Immigration that provides a policy framework for comprehensive review and overhaul of South Africa’s immigration system and the introduction of significant changes over the next two years. Some of the significant statements are: If you wish to apply for citizenship based on years in South Africa – do it fast. If you wish to set up an own business or are highly skilled – South Africa explicitly wants you. If you are a foreign student, studying a critical skills subject, you are welcome and desired to stay. In the past, the policy of South Africa’s international migration was set out in the 1999 White Paper on International Migration, which was implemented through the Immigration Act, 2002 (Act No. 13 of 2002) and partly through the Refugees Act, 1998 (Act No. 130 of 1998). The Department of Home Affairs has identified this past approach as being largely static and limited to compliance rather than to management of international migration strategically. As a result, there has been a lack of proactive management of international migration and this does not advance the national security and development agenda of the country. […]
Canada opens pilot program to facilitate issuance of work permits for skilled workers The Canadian government has announced the entry into force of a new pilot program last June 12, 2017, Global Skills Strategy (GSS), aimed at facilitating the issuance of work permits. Applicants who qualify are those under the International Mobility Program (IMP) and the Global Talent Stream (GST).