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02. Dec. 2022 SA Migration

Should you move to the UK: Why sending your child to a UK university may be better

Find out what it would take for your child to get a university qualification from the UK and also stay there.
Should you move to the UK? Why sending your child to a UK university may be better:
The prospect of immigrating to the UK is very enticing but is it the best investment for your children? We break down how to study abroad in the UK and explain why it may be a better alternative to moving your family overseas.
Many South Africans believe that moving to the UK is the best way to give their children a greater chance at success. But there is a way to give your child the brightest future without uprooting the whole family.
Firstly, let’s consider a scenario where you move to the UK in the next few years.
You sell your house, ship your things over and find the correct schooling for your children. Here’s where the problems start to arise. How much will you make from the sale of your house in Rands? When you convert that into Pounds, you’ll be walking away with barely enough to buy yourself a small place in the UK (even smaller in costlier areas such as London). In fact, you may need to rent. It will take you a while to be able to afford the lifestyle you’re used to in South Africa.
Alternatively, you can take the money you would’ve spent on relocating and put it toward sending your child to a university in the UK. One of the main benefits of studying at a UK university is that your child can use that as a foot in the door when it comes to both working in the UK and naturalising as a British citizen.
Using this option, as opposed to the first scenario, allows you to remain in South Africa and continue to enjoy the life you’ve built here. You can send your children to top-notch South African quintile five private high schools. In the meantime, you could save for the UK university fees and invest the money you would’ve used to immigrate (which our wealth team could assist you with, should you need financial planning and advisory services).
Studying in the UK as a route to immigration
After studying at a university in the UK, your child can apply for a Graduate visa, which grants them two years (three after completing a doctorate) to seek work in the UK. The Graduate visa has no employment requirements or restrictions on the work they can do in the UK. There is also no salary threshold and no cap on the number of visas issued.
While on the Graduate visa, your child can gain the necessary skills and experience to be eligible for a Skilled Worker visa. This employer-sponsored visa is valid for an additional five years.
If they are under the age of 26 and have recently finished studying when they apply for their Skilled Worker visa, they are considered a “new entrant” and will have less stringent salary conditions to meet.
Once the Skilled Worker visa is acquired, their countdown for indefinite leave to remain (ILR) starts. After spending five years in the UK on a Skilled Worker visa, your child may be eligible for ILR, which is permanent residency in the UK. A year after obtaining ILR, holders may be eligible for British citizenship.
Those who have studied at a UK university do not need to take an English language test when applying for residency or citizenship.
Why study in the UK?
In addition to the advantages of easier routes to immigration and citizenship, there are other benefits to studying in the UK.
• The UK has some of the best universities in the world. While the famous names include Oxford University and the University of Cambridge, your child does not need to go to such a competitive school for world-class education. The UK university system as a whole offers a high level of education.
• UK companies will be inclined to employ someone they see has an education level they are familiar with.
• Studying abroad gives you a range of new skills to help your child grow as a person.
• In the UK, international students are entitled to work 20 hours per week while in full-time study at a university, so they can start gaining an income and work experience.
Courses in the UK education system are shorter and more intensive than many other countries, which means students graduate sooner without compromising on quality.
Does my child need a UK student visa?
Since Brexit, most foreign nationals need a UK Student visa. South African citizens will need to apply for a Student visa.
The UK’s Student visa is a points-based system which requires applicants to meet a minimum of 70 points to be eligible. To qualify for a student visa, applicants need:
• Confirmation of acceptance for studies from an approved educational institution
• Proof of sufficient funds to pay for the course and to support themselves
• Proof of English language proficiency (some universities will accept your south African NSC English grade or may conduct an online English test to meet this requirement)
• Have consent from their parents if they’re 16 or 17 years of age
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31. Jan. 2023 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? South African Immigration Agents or South African immigration consultants are individuals who assist you in applying for any South African visa type or permit. You may have used an immigration agency before or choose not to make use of one depending on the budget. The use of an immigration firm means you were assigned an immigration agent or immigration consultant to handle your visa application. V.4654

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30. Jan. 2023 Groundup

Section 10 of Births and Deaths Registration Act `impairs dignity of unmarried fathers` ConCourt

Section 10 of Births and Deaths Registration Act has been declared unconstitutional. Getty Images • The Constitutional Court has declared a section of the Births and Deaths Registration Act unconstitutional. • The section does not allow an unmarried father to register his child`s birth under his surname, unless the mother gives consent or is present. • A ConCourt judge says there is no justification for differentiating between married and unmarried fathers. The Constitutional Court has declared section 10 of the Births and Deaths Registration Act - which does not allow an unmarried father to register his child`s birth under his surname, unless the mother is present or gives consent - unconstitutional. V.4632

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30. Jan. 2023 City Press

Is artificial intelligence beginning of the end?

Is this the beginning of the end for personalized creativity? If you spend enough time online, you would have seen the AI-generated pictures of black alternative people at a rave or maybe you’ve even created some fun AI art of your own in the recent past. AI, also called machine intelligence, is defined as a sector within computer science that primarily focuses on elevating, building and managing computerized technology. AI technology is also created with the intention of autonomously making decisions and carrying out actions on behalf of a human. V.4650

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30. Jan. 2023 Groundup

Children born abroad with one South African parent have right to citizenship, ConCourt

The Constitutional Court finalised a seven-year legal battle fought by Lawyers for Human Rights on behalf of four people born to SA parents outside the country. The case centred on the Citizenship Amendment Act of 2010 and how it applied to people born outside of South Africa before January 2013. Justice Sisi Khampepe slammed the Department of Home Affairs, describing its conduct in the matter as `brazenly incompetent`. Children born in other countries are entitled to South African citizenship as long as one parent is South African, the Constitutional Court has ruled. V.4651

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30. Jan. 2023 iol

Court asked to permit unmarried couples in life partnerships to claim maintenance when separated

The Western Cape High Court is being asked to develop common law legislation to permit unmarried couples in life partnerships to claim maintenance from one another in the event of a separation. As the law stands, the right is reserved only for heterosexual couples who are legally married. The development sought is aimed at providing a remedy for maintenance upon the termination of a permanent life partnership, in circumstances where the parties had undertaken reciprocal duties to support one another during the existence of the partnership. A woman, whose relationship with her partner and the father of her three children has broken down, is trying to claim maintenance from him. V.4652

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30. Jan. 2023 Business Day

Home affairs stuck in costly legal limbo, worsened by Covid

The Covid-19 pandemic has proven to be yet another stick in the spokes for the department of home affairs, further delaying processes that were already slow and inconsistent, and causing despair and disruption for thousands of people and businesses. In addition, an apparent lack of will to rectify the situation is costing the state millions in unnecessary legal fees as unsuccessful applicants head to the courts to appeal. V.4653

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27. Jan. 2023 Goundup

Court rules on unwed fathers

The Eastern Cape High Court in Gqeberha has found a regulation that was stopping undocumented fathers from being registered on their children’s birth certificates unconstitutional. The regulation affects the rights of thousands of children simply through the circumstances of their births, Judge Mbulelo Jolwana said. He said it was “irrational” and it had never gone through a parliamentary process. The rights of citizens cannot be subject to the whims or attitudes of officials in government offices, the judge said. V.4648

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27. Jan. 2023 iol

Court asked to permit unmarried couples in life partnerships to claim maintenance when separated

The Western Cape High Court is being asked to develop common law legislation to permit unmarried couples in life partnerships to claim maintenance from one another in the event of a separation. As the law stands, the right is reserved only for heterosexual couples who are legally married. The development sought is aimed at providing a remedy for maintenance upon the termination of a permanent life partnership, in circumstances where the parties had undertaken reciprocal duties to support one another during the existence of the partnership. V.4649

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26. Jan. 2023 Pretoria News

Court grants mother right to keep children in SA away from nomadic father in US

- A father of three who lives in Texas in the United States said to have subjected his children to a nomadic life and who is so controlling that he even watches his children’s weight lost his legal bid in a South African court to have his children returned to him. The father launched proceedings in the Johannesburg High Court in terms of The Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction Act, to have his children returned. The purpose of the Convention is to protect children from the harmful effects of their wrongful removal from the country of their habitual residence to another country, or their wrongful retention in another country. V.4647

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25. Jan. 2023 SA Migration

Legalization form 20, ask us how

How can we help you , please email us to info@samigration.com whatsapp message me on: +27 82 373 8415, where are you now? check our website : www.samigration.com V.4643

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25. Jan. 2023 SA Migration

ASYLUM SEEKERS PERMIT EXPIRED or NEW ONE needed, Don’t know what to do ?

Apply Now for Temporary Residence even with EXPIRED LOCKDOWN PERMITS The Constitutional Court handed down a judgement in the Ahmed matter as well as a Court Order opening the door for Asylum Seekers and Refugees to apply to change their status to temporary residence visa . Contact us now before this fantastic opportunity is lost . V.4644

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25. Jan. 2023 Pretoria News

SA born child leaves for Croatia with father after court rules against estranged wife

A South African-born child aged 13 will next week start school in Croatia after her father won a legal battle against his estranged wife to take his daughter with him while he assists Ukrainian refugees in that country. The child’s mother was shortly before Christmas ordered by the South Gauteng High Court in Johannesburg to allow the child to live with her father abroad. Judge Shanaaz Mia ordered the mother to sign all the necessary documents relating to her daughter’s relocation. If the mother refused to sign the documents, the sheriff of the court was entitled to do so on her behalf, the order read. Not only did the mother lose her battle for her child to remain here, but she was also instructed by the court to foot her husband’s legal bill. Judge Mia made it clear that the interest of a child will always prevail. In this case the child made it clear she wanted to go to Croatia with her father, with whom she had a better relationship. V.4645

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25. Jan. 2023 Pretoria News

Court grants mother right to keep children in SA away from nomadic father in US

A father of three who lives in Texas in the United States said to have subjected his children to a nomadic life and who is so controlling that he even watches his children’s weight lost his legal bid in a South African court to have his children returned to him. V.4646

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19. Jan. 2023 News24

Undocumented, unmarried fathers cannot be excluded from their children’s birth certificates

A regulation preventing the naming of a foreign, unmarried father who is in South Africa illegally on his child’s birth certificate is unconstitutional, the Eastern Cape High Court in Gqeberha has ruled. Judge Mbulelo Jolwana said the regulation, which provides that a foreign father of a child born out of wedlock must submit a copy of his valid passport, visa, permit, permanent residency, ID document or refugee identity document in order to be registered, was not only irrational but was contrary to the best interest of the child. It was also at odds with the Births and Deaths Registration Act which imposed no such rule. V.4641

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19. Jan. 2023 SA Migration

Spouse Required to be present on submission of life partner and spousal application

New development with respect to spouse / life partner application needs pictures of spouse/ life partner and applicant , the SA spouse must be physically present on day of application. No excuses. This info was sent to vfs today they will action wef 1 Feb 2023 . It will be signposted on website and offices accordingly . As an aside you and I will understand why, the fraudulent SA life partner s who cry foul and say they stole my ID when caught out will be exposed as well as the syndicates V.4642

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18. Jan. 2023 ABC news

German government seeks to ease rules for naturalization

BERLIN -- Germany`s socially liberal government is moving ahead with plans to ease the rules for obtaining citizenship in the European Union`s most populous country, a drive that is being assailed by the conservative opposition. Chancellor OIaf Scholz said in a video message Saturday that Germany has long since become “the country of hope” for many, and it`s a good thing when people who have put down roots in the country decide to take citizenship. “Germany needs better rules for the naturalization of all these great women and men,” Scholz said. V.4639

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18. Jan. 2023 city press

Life in SA through the lens of a Zimbabwean

For 12 years, Zimbabwean Martha Muhamba* has had to find a way to ensure that she remains in South Africa because, when she moved to the country in 2010, her mission was to `find work, make money` and send her child `to a decent school`. While Muhamba has been able to find employment since her first year in South Africa, the 42-year-old tells City Press that she has never been in possession of a work permit and the only documentation she has is her Zimbabwean passport, which she has managed to keep valid with border post stamps, even though she has not left South Africa for more than a decade. V.4640

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17. Jan. 2023 SA Migration

Who needs a South African visa?

Anyone traveling to South Africa will need a visa to enter the country; be it for a holiday, visiting family, joining a partner, living, working, or studying. However, some countries are exempt from this rule. When traveling with a child under 18, you should always check the current South African visa requirements and child policy as these sometimes change. From 8 November 2019, for instance, foreign children traveling with their parents no longer need to present parental consent letters or birth certificates. Nonetheless, it can’t hurt to keep a parental consent letter and birth certificate handy just in case. V.4634

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17. Jan. 2023 SA Migration

Temporary Residence Visa (TRV)

While processing times for visas under this category vary, they typically take up to 60 business days from the date of submission. However, it can take up to 10 days to process the Visitor’s Visa and Holiday Visa. When applying for a Temporary Residence Visa, you must meet the following criteria: • Hold a valid passport with at least two blank pages, which only expires a month after your intended departure date from South Africa • Ensure your temporary residence permit remains valid • Submit the online application and required documentation at any VFS.Global visa facilitation center or at the South African embassy in your country of residence or citizenship V.4635

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17. Jan. 2023 SA Migration

Business Visa

South Africa is a country that welcomes much-needed foreign investment. Therefore, a section of South African immigration legislation deals specifically with foreign individuals wishing to conduct business in the country or invest in a South African company. If you are trying to start your own business, take over an existing business, or invest in a company in South Africa, you need to apply for a Business Visa. Furthermore, you will need to invest a prescribed financial capital contribution, and at least 60% of your workforce needs to be South African. V.4636

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31. Jan. 2023 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? South African Immigration Agents or South African immigration consultants are individuals who assist you in applying for any South African visa type or permit. You may have used an immigration agency before or choose not to make use of one depending on the budget. The use of an immigration firm means you were assigned an immigration agent or immigration consultant to handle your visa application. V.4654

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