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22. Sep. 2022 IOL

Home Affairs is working with the UN to clear refugee applications backlog - Motsoaledi

Pretoria - Home Affairs Minister Aaron Motsoaledi told the portfolio committee on Tuesday that the country`s refugee and asylum-seeker system needed a complete overhaul as it failed to provide permits based on economic reasons.
Motsoaledi was presenting progress made in addressing the backlog of more than 130 000 appeals against the refusal of refugee permits, which was the major cause of backlogs.
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He said most appeals were from those who fled their countries due to economic collapse.
Speaking to eNCA, Motsoaledi said the department is working with the United Nations high commissioner for refugees to fix the backlog.
“There has been a large number of people who rushed to South Africa after the world economic collapse, especially the collapse of the economy in Zimbabwe in 2008. By 2009 many people came to South Africa.
“Many did not qualify for asylum, they were rejected by the refugee status determination officers and appealed.
“So the appeal process created a backlog and we are working with the United Nations to clear that backlog,” Motsoaledi rold eNCA.
Motsoaledi added that the UN has donated funds in order to hire more experienced staff to assist with the backlog.
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“The UN gave us R143m over a period of four years to hire more people. Now with this money, we will be able to hire 36 members who are all lawyers to help clear the backlog.”
On the issue of foreigners burdening the country’s health system, Motsoaledi said he doesn’t want to defend anybody, however, he indicated that figures and numbers don`t lie.
“Just go to the hospitals and check… It’s not a matter of who says this, who says that, go to the hospitals and ask for statistics and check, that’s where you’ll get your answer.”
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29. Sep. 2022 SA Migration

Work Visa South Africa for Zimbabweans

ZEP Visas Renewal 2022 ` Will not be renewed Expired 30 June 2022 This post has been personalized towards Zimbabwean nationals who are currently using the Zimbabwean Exemption Visa (ZEP) and what options are available to them. The Department of Home Affairs on the 29th of November 2021 issued a directive that they would no longer renew the ZEP visa and applicants currently on the ZEP visa have been granted a grace period up until 30 June 2023. V.4461

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29. Sep. 2022 SA Migration

Immigration Interview for marriage South Africa

As a foreigner in South Africa, getting married to a South African citizen means that there are certain processes that you need to follow before you decide to tie the knot with your partner. A marriage officer will not be allowed to marry you and your partner and you will not be allowed to register your marriage at the Department of Home Affairs. What are the requirements for a foreigner to marry a South African? • What are the requirements for a foreigner to marry a South African? o The Requirements:  1.Letter of non-impediment  2. Visit Visa  3. Schedule an Appointment with the Department of Home Affairs • What questions do they ask at a marriage interview? The requirements are straightforward and nothing that you need to particularly worry about. There is one particular document that you need to obtain way in advance in your country of residence. V.4462

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29. Sep. 2022 SA Migration

Waiver Letter Immigration South Africa for Visas or Permit

What is a waiver? The immigration act for South Africa allows for the Minister of Home Affairs to waive certain requirements of the act. Once the requirement has been waived, an individual or corporation will be exempt from that requirement in that instance. In layman’s terms that means that the minister has the authority through the immigration act to waive a specific requirement. In order to be granted the waiver, an applicant must have a “good cause” to be granted. V.4463

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27. Sep. 2022 SA Migration

Working without a work visa in South Africa

Many foreign nationals leave their country to seek a better life in South Africa or immigrate to join their spouse, life partner or family. People who live in Africa leave their homes due to many reasons such as; poverty, fear for their lives and finding a job in a different country to support their families back home. A popular choice for foreign nationals is South Africa and as such seek employment when they have arrived in the country. In most cases, the foreigner in question does not qualify to apply for a South African work visa or any other type of visa and is therefore stuck in the dilemma to work without a work visa to survive. V.4459

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27. Sep. 2022 SA Migration

Immigration Agents South Africa

What does an immigration consultant do? Table of Contents • What does an immigration consultant do? o Does South African Immigration Consultants need to be registered to assist me? o Am I guaranteed a visa through a South African Immigration Agent? o What can a migration agent do for me? o Is it necessary to make use of a South African Immigration Consultant to apply for visas or permits? o I’ve Been Scammed Before and really don’t trust an Immigration Consultant? V.4460

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26. Sep. 2022 Business Insider SA

Home affairs has dropped central adjudication of visas, after months of complaints

The department of home affairs has reversed a decision to centralise the adjudication of long-term visas. • That plan lasted for only a couple of months, and did not go at all well. • Embassies ` previously accused of sometimes endangering national security or harming the economy ` are now back in charge. As of 1 September, South Africa is no longer centralising the adjudication of long-term visas, the department of home affairs (DHA) confirmed on Tuesday. V.4457

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26. Sep. 2022 SA Migration

Fake work visas

You might have obtained your work visa recently and second-guessing whether your visa is valid or not, this is a tricky situation to be in. There are many people out there who pretend to be immigration consultants or immigration lawyers only to scam you and issue you with a fake visa. The worst is being arrested or being detained in South Africa for something that you are not responsible and the Department of Home Affairs is coming down hard on these individuals. Many who don’t qualify for the critical skills are always looking at applying for the general work visa for South Africa and thus one of the most popular options to forge it because of how difficult it is to obtain it. While this could be true many temporary residence visas are forged throughout South Africa. V.4458

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22. Sep. 2022 IOL

Home Affairs is working with the UN to clear refugee applications backlog - Motsoaledi

Pretoria - Home Affairs Minister Aaron Motsoaledi told the portfolio committee on Tuesday that the country`s refugee and asylum-seeker system needed a complete overhaul as it failed to provide permits based on economic reasons. V.4451

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22. Sep. 2022 City Press

Why South Africa is losing out on the tourism boom

Empty recliners are seen on the popular Camps Bay beach in Cape Town as numbers of international tourists decline following Covid-19 travel restrictions. The country is simply not doing enough to cash in on tourism dollars. Photo: Reuters V.4452

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22. Sep. 2022 Zimbabwe News

R530 for 2kg chicken, R160 000 for a laptop - Zim govt balks at tender prices

• The Zimbabwean government has slammed suppliers which charged it prices based on the street-value of the Zimdollar. • These suppliers are blamed for a free-fall in the local currency, which fuelled inflation. • The government has stopped paying suppliers. The Zimbabwean government has slammed suppliers which charged it US$30 (~R530) for 2kg packs of chicken priced, as well as laptops for as much as US$9 000 (~R160 000) each and 50kg bags of cement priced at US$18 (~R320). V.4453

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22. Sep. 2022 News 24

Denmark moves closer to sending asylum seekers to Rwanda

Denmark has signed a deal with Rwanda to move the Nordic country closer to setting up an asylum centre outside the EU to reduce the number of people seeking refuge. Picture: Boxer Ngwenya Cape Town - A deal with Rwanda would make Denmark the first EU member to effectively bypass the bloc’s fragmented migration and asylum system, say immigration analysts. V.4454

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22. Sep. 2022 SAnews.gov.za

Corrupt Home Affairs officials face the music

The Department of Home Affairs is intensifying its fight against syndicates involved in the sale of the identities of South Africans to foreign nationals. The unrelenting pushback against these schemes continues to yield positive results, following the arrest on Friday of yet another South African national, Nico Ibrahim, at the Home Affairs office in Eldorado Park, south of Johannesburg. V.4455

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22. Sep. 2022 News 24

ZEP extension doesn`t cure defects in deciding to end permit

There`s wide speculation on why the Zimbabwe Exemption Permit was extended, writes the author. The extension of the ZEP to next year, while potentially holding out some relief to individual ZEP holders cure the fundamental defects in the Minister’s decision to end the permit, and so the court action continues, writes Nicole Fritz. Earlier this month Minister of H V.4456

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16. Sep. 2022 Business Day

SA keeps the brakes on foreign visa applications

Billions in foreign investment are at risk as processes in home affairs remain stalled While long overdue, the current efforts to tackle corruption and shortcomings in the department of home affairs are welcome. But as the cleanup is carried out processes within the department remain stalled, affecting thousands of people and putting foreign investment at risk, among other negative fallout. V.4450

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15. Sep. 2022 News24

Immigrants less likely to commit crime, more likely to create jobs for South Africans, report finds

• A report has found that immigrants are less likely to commit crimes than South Africans. • Making up only 6.5% of the population, it is impossible for immigrants to be straining government services such as healthcare, the report has found. • It has cautioned that anti-foreigner sentiment appears to be growing in South Africa. Immigrants are less likely to commit crimes than South Africans, the Institute for Security Studies (ISS) has found in a report. V.4449

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13. Sep. 2022 Business Day

SA keeps the brakes on foreign visa applications

Billions in foreign investment are at risk as processes in home affairs remain stalled While long overdue, the current efforts to tackle corruption and shortcomings in the department of home affairs are welcome. But as the cleanup is carried out processes within the department remain stalled, affecting thousands of people and putting foreign investment at risk, among other negative fallout. Former director-general of home affairs Mavuso Msimang has been deployed to help deal with issues and review processes in the department, a mammoth task. This is expected to be backed soon by a multidisciplinary team to investigate anomalies in issuing permits and visas issued since 2014. V.4446

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13. Sep. 2022 Business Insider

A foreign couple worth R49 million can finally retire in SA ` despite home affairs and FNB

• theory, South Africa welcomes foreigners worth at least R12 million who want to settle locally. • A couple in their seventies from Singapore ` worth R49 million ` found it a little hard to take advantage of that welcome. • First National Bank said, incorrectly, that they had submitted a fraudulent account statement. • Even after that mistake was corrected, the department of home affairs refused to grant them residency, up to fighting them in court. • The DHA has now been ordered to issue their permits, and cover their legal costs. V.4447

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13. Sep. 2022 EWN

Migrant religious workers will no longer get work permits, permanent residency

Home Affairs Minister Aaron Motsoaledi made the announcement before Parliament’s portfolio committee on Tuesday while giving an update on the Bushiri investigation. CAPE TOWN - The Home Affairs Department has announced that it will be clamping down on foreign religious workers who are looking to work in South Africa. Malawian evangelist Shepherd Bushiri escaped in 2020 while facing money laundering charges. V.4448

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08. Sep. 2022 SA Migration

How can a mother with an expired visa register her children?

1) How can a mother with an expired visa register her children? 2) My children birth cannot be registered , I am illegal 3) I have children born here but I am not documented 4) I am a foreigner , my children born here but no papers what to do V.4444

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08. Sep. 2022 Moneyweb

FNB warns 200,000 Zimbabweans living and working in SA: You have 100 days left, then we will…

Nearly 200,000 Zimbabweans are at risk of deportation when the Zimbabwe Exemption Permit (ZEP) scheme ends in December. Lawyers representing the permit holders say they are preparing to haul banks to court to prevent them from closing the accounts of any ZEP holder. V.4445

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29. Sep. 2022 SA Migration

Work Visa South Africa for Zimbabweans

ZEP Visas Renewal 2022 ` Will not be renewed Expired 30 June 2022 This post has been personalized towards Zimbabwean nationals who are currently using the Zimbabwean Exemption Visa (ZEP) and what options are available to them. The Department of Home Affairs on the 29th of November 2021 issued a directive that they would no longer renew the ZEP visa and applicants currently on the ZEP visa have been granted a grace period up until 30 June 2023. V.4461

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