Recent changes to the South African Immigration Landscape In the past couple of months there have several noteworthy changes to the South African immigration landscape, this blog article aims to explain the gist of these changes. Are these changes applicable to you or your business? RECENT NOTEWORTHY CHANGES TO THE SOUTH AFRICAN IMMIGRATION LANDSCAPE
Namibia to issue visas on arrival to selected countries The Minister of Information and Communication Technology (MICT) , Staney Simataa informed a country at large during a media conference that Namibia will start issuing visas on arrival to a number of African, Asian, European, North American and South American countries.
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.
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.