South Africa: Important Immigration Update Applications submitted at the embassies are to be processed in South Africa According to informed rumors the Department of Home Affairs is intending to centralise the processing of all applications in Pretoria, South Africa. This dramatic change is to take place from January 2019 on wards. This would mean that no applications will be processed at the missions any more.
Namibia: Judge orders Namibia Home Affairs to train their officials Quite a dramatic statement was recently made by a judge in Namibia ordering in his judgement the Department of Home Affairs to design a training program for their officials in order to increase compliance with the law. “A shocking exposure of the institutional incompetence of the Ministry of Home Affairs and Immigration” is what Judge Shafimana Ueitele called the unlawful detention of almost 50 people assumed to be in Namibia illegally.
Silly Season in South Africa and at VFS It happens every year again in South Africa. From November on things change. Students are preparing for exams, regular school and university life is over and rush hour traffic becomes a bit less congested. Business people start entertaining their staff and business partners for their annual Christmas functions. Things start to wind down towards the end of the year, occasionally interrupted by visits of overseas business delegations, which still have some money in their travel budget to burn.
IBN met with the Deputy Director of Corporate Accounts of the Department of Home Affairs IBN met with Mr Ben Makhalemele, the Deputy Director of Corporate Accounts of the South African Department of Home Affairs (DHA) in Johannesburg to find out insights from the Department and recent developments. Especially about the about latest developments within DHA, in particular when the recently announced White Paper on Immigration will be implemented and also how the DHA is in practice making use of its mobile offices.
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. […]