Africa Immigration Series (AIS) - Introducing BOTSWANA Africa Immigration Series (AIS) is a series of articles to be published on our blog frequently. Each article will explore the Africa’s expat mobility landscape and a brief overview of the current economic situation and investment opportunities. Our next country article focuses on Botswana
Top 10 facts about permits in Botswana We have had many queries regarding possible ways to immigrate to Botswana, however, it may not all be as simple as one tends to think.
The human right to Unity of the Family versus the (lack of) Recognition of Same Sex marriage picture: freeimages.com The clashes between family unity; gay rights; recognition of same sex marriage and immigration legislation have always been interesting. Opposing parties both depose rather clear statements when arguing their case and the friction between the schools of thought is evident. Imagine a situation in which the same-sex (legally married in the USA) spouse of a highly qualified engineer from Los Angeles approaches me, the immigration consultant, with the question: “Can I accompany my husband during his 4-year work assignment to Botswana?” My answer would have to be ‘’no’’. Recognition of gay marriage is, despite the many colourful rainbows we find on Facebook nowadays and the passing of many years since the first legalization of same-sex marriage, far from a global norm. […]
Visas needed to explore and expand commercial opportunities abroad – the World within reach Many professionals recognize the opportunities on the other side of the South African border. Potential green(er) pastures spotted abroad must be explored. At IBN we continuously meet with and assist enterprises aiming to expand their footprint from South Africa to anywhere else on the globe. Due to our strategic location in Johannesburg we mostly get to service South African companies / multinationals with their regional headquarters in Gauteng, looking to engage in business elsewhere in the region. Zambia, Botswana, Namibia and Mozambique are popular destinations. Of course Nigeria, Cote d’Ivoire, Kenya and Ghana, although not within the Southern African region, are also greatly in demand. Even the rest of the world is not beyond reach; also for non-African countries checklists of the the necessary documentation to enter and engage in the activities desired can be arranged by us. […]
Let’s have a quick comparative glance at short term work permits for South Africa, Botswana, Namibia and Zambia to illustrate their similarities and where they may differ. Please keep in mind that this is a current overview of short term work visas and that legislation changes could affect their application in future. We do keep abreast of such changes in the legislative arena and make it our duty to keep our clients informed. SOUTH AFRICA In South Africa, all work permits and visas are regulated under the South African Immigration Act of 2002. The short term work visa, which is commonly referred to as “section 11.2”, is issued initially to a foreigner for a period of up to 90 days. It is designed for companies who require the expertise of foreigners to perform urgent work of a temporary nature; this would typically be ‘hands on productive activities’ or essential punctual maintenance jobs. The section 11.2 work visa can be extended, but only once and for another 90 days; the extension has to be motivated and mostly apply to special circumstances; for example, if the maintenance or urgent job will take longer than expected or if a breakdown caused further delays. Should such extension be required, it would preferable to apply for an extension 60 days before the expiry date of the current visa, although some leeway is given according to the circumstances. The application for extension can be submitted in country at a VFS centre, while the initial application must be submitted in the country of residence of the applicant, at the South African mission abroad. In both cases – original application like renewal – the applicant must submit it in person. […]
Job during the presentation On Friday the 16th of October, in collaboration with the Johannesburg Chamber of Commerce & Industry, IBN Business & Immigration Solutions organized a seminar on the immigration processes of Botswana, Mozambique and Zambia respectively. Navigating the tricky immigration process Over 30 representatives of multiple corporations venturing into the Southern African region attended. The latest amendments to immigration legislation as well as practical policy adjustments were discussed. […]