Africa Immigration Series (AIS) – Introducing BOTSWANA

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

December 12th, 2018|Categories: Immigration|Tags: , , , , , , |

Mozambique tightens laws on non-compliant companies and foreign workers

Mozambique tightens laws on non-compliant companies and foreign workers Mozambique has tightened their reign in terms of work permits and employer obligations. Immigration and Labour officials are now conducting regular audits of employers in certain areas of Mozambique, namely, the Cabo Delgado province.

February 21st, 2017|Categories: Immigration|Tags: , , , , |

Problems with VFS – Visa Facilitation Services

As to be expected, the teething problems at Visa Facilitation Services (VFS) centers are continuing, now that visas are starting to come back. The department of Home Affairs (HA) outsourced the taking in of visas and permit applications to Visa Facilitation Services (VFS) in June, as well as the shipping to Pretoria. Home Affairs is still doing the adjudication and of course these are two completely different organizations, with different training standards, legal interpretations and attitudes. VFS is a money making concept. They take the applications in and appear to care little on the merits of the documents, if they are correct or not. They do not offer any advise, applicants are expected to know what they are actually applying for. Worse of all, many of their internal checklist, which they work with, are wrong and still according to the old law or even full of errors. This leads to VFS employees asking for documents according to the old law, which are no longer applicable or not asking for the right documents. Home Affairs in turn rejects the applications then subsequently. […]

October 10th, 2014|Categories: Immigration|Tags: , , , , , |

South African passport grants visa-free entry to almost 90 countries

Global immigration rules cause a lot of paperwork to South African passport holders applying for a short or long term visa. It might take several weeks or even months until the requested visa is issued. Visa applicants have to expect long waiting periods full of uncertainty regarding their visa status, if they want to spend their holidays in the USA, Spain, Germany, etc. However, there are still 90 countries that South African citizens can visit without needing a visa. This means that currently 90 countries around the world are either visa-free for South African passport holders or a visa is issued on arrival. However, we advise you to contact the embassy of any country you would like to visit to check the entry requirements before arrival due to the constant change of visa regulations. Below, you can find the current list of countries which South African passport holders can visit without any visa arrangements beforehand: […]

Seminar new immigration regulations

On Wednesday, 2 July 2014, IBN co-hosted a seminar on the new immigration regulations in cooperation with SA top law firm Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr and the Dutch and Belgian Chambers of Commerce in South Africa. Our guest speakers were: Advocate T. Sebelemetja, director drafting (legal services) and colleagues Ms. W. Barnard, deputy director investment promotion Ms. M. Bobani, director LMES and colleague It was of great value that very competent representatives of the three government departments who play a role in the issuancing of visas and permits to foreign nationals, were present. This led to interesting discussions and provided the audience with a holistic understanding behind the new regulations. […]

July 8th, 2014|Categories: Immigration|Tags: , , , , , , |

Media Statement & Transcript: Minister Gigaba’s address to the departments weekly media briefing on the new Visa Facilitation Centres, Pretoria, 5 June 2014

Published: 05 June 2014 Issued by Department of Home Affairs, 909 Arcadia Street, Pretoria Let me take this opportunity once more to welcome you to our weekly media briefing which will focus mainly on the opening of visa facilitation centres inside the country as per our announcement last week. However, may I first restate that we remain on course in implementing the new Immigration Regulations of 2014. I have signed the necessary notices to accompany the regulations. The last notices to be determined are the list of undesirable businesses, businesses in the national interests and investment amount in the issuance of a business visa. These processes will be finalized upon conclusion of consultations with the Minister of Trade and Industry. We remain resolute that the new immigration regulations are in line with our objective of managing immigration efficiently and effectively while protecting the integrity of our borders and the sovereignty of our country. We need to reiterate that these new immigration regulations ought to be located within our mandate and the position of the Department within the broader government structure. It is equally important for us to explain, foremost, that the Department of Home Affairs is a security department that delivers services to the citizenry. […]