End in sight for birth certificate rules for foreign minors travelling Foreign minors traveling with both parents, who have the same surname, will soon no longer have to present a birth certificate when entering South Africa. The Department of Home Affairs published the updated advisory on 22 March 2019.
South Africa - IMPORTANT - New Critical Skills list implemented by some embassies As indicated in the South African press, various online sources, our own direct communication with you as well as our blog articles, the Department of Home Affairs was supposed to release the new shorter version of the Critical Skills list in April this year. One of the major changes was the contemplated removal of the corporate general manager and business analyst categories as well as other much needed categories.
Refund of Repatriation Deposits Let’s shed some light into one of the most unpleasant administrative acts we can remember. Luckily it’s over since 2014. But unfortunately not for everyone… Repatriation Deposits For many years, South Africa requested a repatriation fee (deposit) from anybody applying for a temporary residence. The idea behind it was, should there be a need for a deportation, the SA taxpayer would not have to carry the burden of the cost.
Getting a South African ID book Once you receive your Permanent Residence certificate, it is time to apply for your South African green ID Book. ID Book? Is it really necessary? Yes, as it is your electronic key to live in SA. Most institutions require your ID number, such as banks, SARS, the Deeds Office, the Company Registrar, the Post Office, Telkom and cell phone providers but it is also useful for any online registrations and even sports events. When you enter SA at Johannesburg’s OR Tambo International Airport, the immigration officials tend to ask for your ID as well.
For our interview series “We made it!”, we share our clients’ success stories in South Africa. This month we would like to introduce you to Ruben Hazelzet, who moved to Cape Town to work remotely for Soapbox Amsterdam, a marketing company.
Bank accounts in South Africa – some practical comments Quite often foreigners are struggling with bank accounts getting blocked due to invalid visas. This often happens when visa extensions are taking longer than expected, the original visa has expired and one is waiting for Home Affairs to process the extension.