Tag:Immigration Legislation

South African Investment Summit and Immigration Legislation: 3 ideas to boost investment in the immediate future

South African Investment Summit and Immigration Legislation: 3 ideas to boost investment in the immediate future The South Africa focused investment summit has just been concluded and the President of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa announced that 290 billion Rand in investment was pledged by various South African companies for the upcoming 5 to 10 years. In addition, 400 billion Rand in foreign investment was pledged by other states for the upcoming years.

A personal comment on the new Immigration Legislation in South Africa

The past 6 weeks have been the most taxing and most strenuous time since I have started doing immigration work more than 12 years ago. Most of my day and that of our senior consultants is spend on the phone, listening to worried clients, updating potential clients if they still fall under the new rules or not, liaising with network partners and publishing client updates. Our call volume has tripled during the past 4 weeks. After hours are then spend to answer emails and attend to the management of the office. Of course, I fully understand the concerns, questions and frustrations our clients experience now. In addition to the pure time factor there is also a real concern about the state Home Affairs. The fact that the new regulations were signed off on the 26th of May and entered into force on 26 May without a transitional period of at least three months is beyond my comprehension. The DTI has a bigger role to play, but has not received additional capacities. Even worse is the new and very prominent role of the Department of Labour when applying for a general work visa. Although they were approached about their new role before the draft Regulations were published in March, they do not have the capacity to cope with the large numbers of applications they have to peruse now. We already mentioned in other blog posts that the embassies were not informed about the new law in time and training has only started after 1 June 2014. Why the rush? […]

June 23rd, 2014|Categories: Immigration|Tags: , , , |