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05. Dec. 2022 SA Migration

What you need to know about fake work permits in South Africa

You might have obtained your work permit 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 permits are forged throughout South Africa. How to apply for a General Work Permit in South Africa or apply for a work permit South Africa the right way.
Beware of people who guarantee you a visa, as no one in this industry can do that, not even the most experienced immigration consultant or immigration lawyer. There has been news of many immigration consultants who have promised people a permit and blackmailed immigration officials to approve these cases. Be careful of which services you make use of and always apply due diligence. The South African Department of Home Affairs will hold you accountable for any forged documents.
If you are considering applying for temporary permits then you need to ensure that you are making use of professional services. If you wondering how much does a work permit cost in South Africa. We created a blog post in detail about the cost.
To avoid getting a fake work visa, using reputable immigration agents South Africa will assist in getting a valid visa for you.
Many foreigners are working without a work permit in South Africa.
We have created a handy guide for you to read and to keep close, we would advise that you bookmark this blog post so that you can always reference it back and forth when you need the information.
Is my work permit fake?
Table of Contents
• Is my work permit fake?
o How do I know if my work permit is real?
• How do I check if my work permit is valid?
o You can use the following methods to verify:
o I would recommend keeping the following proof:
o Which visas can be obtained fraudulently?
• So when can you be arrested in SA?
• What to do if you are arrested with a fraudulent visa?
So currently there are two ways that a work visa can be forged and it’s important to understand the differences. Once you understand the different methods of fraudulent ways then you have a starting point to investigate from.
1. A work permit can be forged to look like a real visa, but this has not been printed and entered into the Department of Home Affairs system. So there is no record that it has been issued and details of your particulars.

2. Another way of obtaining a “permit” is through a corrupt Home Affairs official who you pay to illegally issue you a permit. The visa is entered onto DHA’s systems but your application has not been screened against the requirements.
How do I know if my work permit is real?
If you made use of an agency or person to get your visa and are worried if its a fraudulent visa then there are certain things you can look at with regards to the visas:
• The words used on the visa would differ from the standard wording on a legally obtained visa.
• There will be colour variations between a fraudulent and legally obtained visa.
• The fonts would be different.
• Your particulars would not be stored or listed on the Department of Home Affairs systems.
• Extremely high fees to get the permit.
Furthermore, there are more important things you can take into consideration if your permit is fraudulent:
• If the person representing you has not requested you to submit your application through VFS then this is a major red flag. All applicants in South Africa are required to submit their applications through VFS.
• You are not allowed to apply for a change of status in SA meaning that if you are on a visit visa then you cannot apply for a work permit.
• Have yourself assessed with an alternative immigration agency to find out if you qualify
If you are paying a home affairs official to get your visa, then you would be held responsible when caught and can face deportation or imprisonment.
Our advice is that it’s better to go the legal route, even though it might take longer and not as quick as you would like. The immigration agent or lawyer can tell you immediately if you qualify or what you need to do to qualify.
How do I check if my work permit is valid?
There are various ways you can check if your work permit is valid in South Africa but you have to tread carefully as the Department of Home Affairs will hold you accountable for this in which you could be banned, fined or imprisoned. Therefore it is in your best interest to check if the person assisting you has a registered business, registered for tax and VAT.
You can use the following methods to verify:
• Email the verifications department: VisaVerifications.Missions@dha.gov.za
• Call the verifications department: 012 406 ` 4432
• Walk into the Department of Home Affairs to find out from an immigration officer.
When making use of a representative to apply on your behalf we recommend that you keep a trail of paperwork and any communication. This is the best way so that you have proof if ever you are arrested and detained, in this way a lawyer can represent you which you would have proof.
Before you apply make sure that you have applied your due diligence to the person representing you.
You can verify if your family visa South Africa is valid for example.
I would recommend keeping the following proof:
• Email trails
• Record all phone calls
• Keep invoices
• Record all in-person meetings
The more proof you have the better and keep these in a safe place where they are easily accessible should you need them in future.
We recommend that corporate businesses verify an applicants work permit as they can be held accountable for employing a foreign national with fraudulent papers.
Accompanying spouses in South Africa must apply for their own independent work visa as they are not allowed to work whilst on a dependent visa. There is no such thing as a accompanying spouse work permit in South Africa.
Which visas can be obtained fraudulently?
• General Work Visas
• Spouse Visas
• Life Partner Permits
• Study Permits
• Retirement Permits
• Critical Skills Visas
• Corporate Visas
• Intra-company transfer visas
• Relatives permits
• Permanent residence permits
So when can you be arrested in SA?
The South African immigration act mentions the following when you are considered to be in contravention of the act:
• In possession of a fraudulent or fake permit
• Expired permit
• Not adhering to the conditions of your visa.
• Not in possession of a visa
The experience of being arrested in SA is not a good one and therefore always ensure that you are on the right side of the law. You will never be asked to show your papers but immigration officers have the right to request to see them at any given time. Remember that if you are committing a crime in any sense, you will be imprisoned.
The best thing to do is always keep your passport and permit with you wherever you go and have a telephone or mobile number of someone you can call in SA preferably in the same town as you to help you if you are arrested. We would advise that you beforehand give the person a copy of your passport bio page, permit stamps, contact details for a family member back in your country of residence. The last thing I recommend is giving the person the details of your embassy or consulate in SA to assist you.
What to do if you are arrested with a fraudulent visa?
The South African government together with DHA are cracking down on fraudulent visas and when caught you will be locked up immediately. Our advice does not to try and fight the police or officials and don’t be abusive towards them either. You will be taken to the nearest police station and you will be kept separate.
• Call a family member to let them know you’ve been arrested.
• Ask them to hire an attorney
• Instruct your family member on how to get access to your funds should the need arise
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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

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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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