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31. Oct. 2019 SAMI

Short-term transfers

Non-visa-exempt nationals are required to apply for the required visitor’s visa in person at the South African representative in their home country or country of long-term residence and receive same prior to travelling to South Africa. The visitor’s visa may be issued for a maximum period of 90 days (single or multiple entry) and the processing time ranges from 10 to 15 working days calculated from the date of submission of the application. The purpose of these visitors’ visas is to facilitate entry for tourism and limited business purposes while work activities are prohibited. All foreign nationals (irrespective of nationality) intending to perform short-term work in South Africa are required to apply for a section 11(2) visitor’s visa in person from the South African representative in their home country or country of long-term residence and receive same prior to travelling to South Africa. Eligibility to perform work-related activities under a section 11(2) visitor’s visa is subject to specific qualifying criteria originally introduced by the DHA in December 2011 and amended in May 2014. Restrictions What are the main restrictions on a business visitor? South Africa Sa Migration International A foreign national entering South Africa to undertake business activities (not work) will be permitted to attend local business meetings or training and strategy sessions for a limited duration. There is no specific maximum duration applicable to business visitors; however, the foreign national, if queried, must be able to justify the length of stay spent in South Africa and the non-work-related activities being performed. A business visitor should not receive remuneration from a South African source while present in South Africa. A foreign national intending to perform work-related activities within South Africa must obtain a visitor’s visa (section 11(2) of the Act) with special conditions. General practice requires such foreign national to retain employment abroad throughout his or her stay in South Africa (external contractor resources are only permitted in certain instances) and, in accordance with the revised qualifying criteria, such foreign national’s activities in the country must be of an urgent nature and such individual must be unable to qualify for a formal category of work visa. The DHA has further issued a directive preventing certain applicants from eligibility for a section 11(2) visitor’s visa based on the intended activities to be performed in South Africa (these exclusions include project managers and self- employed applicants). A recent directive issued by the Department of Home Affairs in April 2019 has limited the issuance of these visas to an initial 90-day visa issued at a South African embassy abroad, followed by an extension of the visa for a further 90 days from South Africa within the same calendar year. Total duration is limited to 180 days per year and a third section 11(2) visa cannot be applied for abroad within the same calendar year. This has been the accepted practice for some time; however, the directive further makes reference to prohibiting back-to-back issuance of section 11(2) visitor’s visas from the consulate in the applicant’s home country. There is no definition of the time period intended by ‘back to back’ and this will impact applicants who are assigned to South Africa on different projects during a 12-month period (where such project intervals exceed 180 days from assignment start date) as the previous solution of applying for a second section 11(2) visitor’s visa at the consulate (as opposed to the extension from within South Africa) is now subject to discretion and potentially removed as an option (this will impact applications processed through Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States, where the issuance of second such visas was previously possible). The holder of a section 11(2) visitor’s visa may be remunerated from within South Africa (including freelance or consulting services); however, the foreign national may only open a non-resident bank account that, generally speaking, only permits receipts from offshore. Holders of a visitor’s visa further cannot import household goods free of duty or VAT. Short-term training Is work authorisation or immigration permission needed to give or receive short-term training? South Africa Sa Migration International The differentiating factor is found in the activities to be performed in the country. Attending training should not require a work endorsement, whereas presenting or facilitating training will require a work endorsement as these activities are consistent with work-related activities. Transit Are transit visas required to travel through your country? How are these obtained? Are they only required for certain nationals? South Africa Sa Migration International Under a directive issued in 2015, the Minister of Home Affairs exempted travellers transiting through the following international airports in South Africa from requiring transit visas: • OR Tambo; • Cape Town; • King Shaka; and • Lanseria. Travellers transiting these airports will be subjected to biometric capturing, and travellers using land ports of entry to transit through South Africa should apply for port of entry visas. However, deportees transiting must be in possession of transit visas and at all times be escorted; failing which, they must be returned to the airline that conveyed them for removal from the country. A transit visa is required when travelling to one of the following neighbouring countries via South Africa: Botswana, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, Swaziland and Zimbabwe. Transit visas are not issued at South African ports of entry and applications must be made to the South African representative abroad. Transit visas are issued for periods up to 72 hours and the processing time ranges from five to 10 days calculated from the date of submission thereof. www.samigration.com V.5028

08. Apr. 2020 SAMI

Rich, older South African men are buying Plan B passports in Europe in record numbers

Business Insider SA - 05 April 2020 The first half of 2018 saw a huge surge in applications from South Africans looking to buy their way into second passports, mostly in Europe, numbers from an advisory company show. V.5085

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08. Apr. 2020 SAMI

How to get British citizenship via double descent

British citizenship via the double descent route was a much talked about topic the past few months. However, there is still a lot of confusion about who can qualify. V.5086

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08. Apr. 2020 By Alan Knott-Craig (SA Author)

South Africa might just get lucky - this might not all come to pass but at least there’s hope.

In February, our country was in bad shape. Our stock market was over-heated. We were heading for a recession. We were heading for a downgrade. And then Covid19 happened. V.5088

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06. Apr. 2020 Groundup

Victory for asylum seekers in Constitutional Court

Court rules on extension of temporary permits The Constitutional Court has ruled that asylum seekers’ temporary permits must automatically be extended while their case is being reviewed. Archive photo: Ashraf Hendricks V.5083

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04. Apr. 2020 News24

German government begins repatriation of citizens from SA

The German government on Friday started the repatriation of its citizens from South Africa. Strict travel regulations had been in place since a 21-day nationwide Covid-19 lockdown was announced. Previously, all flights were grounded, but the repatriation was permitted due to the revised regulations announced this week by the Minister of Transport Fikile Mbalula. V.5087

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02. Apr. 2020 SAMI

This caters for applicants (in South Africa) that were born in the United Kingdom. This page also serves to clarify the benefits of being born in the UK versus having a parent (or grandparent) that was born in the UK.

The are quite a few complications in these cases that we are looking to clarify. The first relates to eligibility of British nationality. The second relates to the type of British nationality. Finally, we close off by revealing some solutions we have up our sleeves. V.5082

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01. Apr. 2020 RNZ

Government takes another look at partnership visas

directed his officials to come up with a solution so Indians aren`t unfairly excluded from receiving partnership visas. The intervention has come after mounting anger and frustration from the Kiwi-Indian community at recent policy changes with some even walking away from the Labour Party. V.5084

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31. Mar. 2020 Iol.com

Foreign nationals stuck in SA will be allowed to go home with chartered flights, says Mbalula

Cape Town - Foreign nationals stranded in South Africa will be allowed to be repatriated under strict conditions, while South African nationals abroad who wished to return home would be allowed to do so, Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula said on Tuesday. V.5075

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31. Mar. 2020 SAMI

Great Grandparent Born in UK

This caters for applicants that were born outside of the UK and they have a UK born great grandparent. The applicant would be defined, from an immigration perspective, as 4 generations apart. The case can be viewed a the grandparent of the applicants parent and not the grandparent of the applicant (of course). V.5076

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31. Mar. 2020 SAMI

Missed appointment not enough to refuse refugee asylum ` court judgment

A man whose father fled Burundi during political turmoil and genocide there in 1994, has been given a fresh start at applying for asylum in South Africa after he was embroiled in a dispute with authorities for about a decade over a missed appointment. V.5077

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31. Mar. 2020 SAMI

Asylum seekers can now apply for residence visas Constitutional Court ruling overturns Home Affairs directive

The Constitutional Court has ruled that asylum seekers whose refugee applications have been refused, can apply for a visa. Archive photo: Ashraf Hendricks If you are an asylum seeker and your application to be a refugee is refused, you are still allowed to apply for a visa. The Constitutional Court ruled this in a unanimous judgment handed down in October. V.5078

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31. Mar. 2020 SAMI

All you need to know about the new UK immigration system

(Partner Content) The United Kingdom left the European Union on 31 January 2020. Although this was the official Brexit date, there is still a transition period in place. V.5080

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31. Mar. 2020 SAMI

Visa outsourcing scrapped Government shelves plan to privatise visa processing.

The government has scrapped plans to outsource its visa processing system. Acting Minister for Immigration, Alan Tudge, announced last Friday that the Department for Home Affairs was terminating its tender process for the Global Digital Platform. He said it was part of “new policy approach to the acquisition and delivery of workflow processing capability” for Home Affairs ` and government as a whole ` and indicated the government remained interesting in updating the current process. V.5081

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29. Mar. 2020 Business Insider SA

Coronavirus: Standard Bank extends payment holidays to personal accounts too

Standard Bank clients earning R7 500 or less will qualify for a three-month payment holiday on all personal account-related debt, the bank said on Sunday. Interest and bank charges will still be charged during this time. Standard Bank last week introduced similar payment holidays for business and student-related debt during the Covid-19 disaster. V.5068

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29. Mar. 2020 Fin 24

Absa launches extensive coronavirus payment relief programme

After careful consideration and engagements with regulators, Absa announced on Sunday that it is introducing a comprehensive customer, business and corporate relief programme. V.5069

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29. Mar. 2020

Home Affairs rejects calls to release immigration detainees fearful of coronavirus

Detainees fear they will get coronavirus. The United Kingdom has released hundreds of immigration detainees over fears of a coronavirus outbreak, but Australia`s immigration officials say that`s not necessary. V.5071

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29. Mar. 2020

UK immigration: The UK Ancestral Visa �` FAQ

(Partner Content) The UK Ancestral Visa is still one of the most popular and common ways in which persons from the Commonwealth countries can come to the UK. However, you will have to prove that you have a grandparent born in the UK to qualify. Below we have answered some of the most frequently asked questions our consultants received during the past months. These FAQs will clarify many issues for readers on the Ancestral Visa immigration route. V.5074

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28. Mar. 2020 News24

No hope in sight for South Africans stranded at airports abroad

South Africans stranded abroad should not expect evacuation any time soon. The Department of International Relations and Cooperation (Dirco) said it was doing everything possible to assist South Africans stuck at transit airports after their connecting flights were cancelled ahead of the government-imposed national lockdown to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus. V.5070

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28. Mar. 2020 News24

Coronavirus in SA: Impasse over evacuation of British citizens

Thousands of UK citizens are believed to be in distress while they are stranded in South Africa but the government refuses to relax lockdown regulations to allow the European country`s crews to rest before returning home. V.5072

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27. Mar. 2020 Traveller 24

40 Hours and almost R80k later - the rip-off of flight prices to get home before lockdown

Before the lockdown in the country was even announced, South African married couple Jana and Martin were making arrangements to cut their three-month backpacking trip through Southeast Asia short. V.5065

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08. Apr. 2020 SAMI

Rich, older South African men are buying Plan B passports in Europe in record numbers

Business Insider SA - 05 April 2020 The first half of 2018 saw a huge surge in applications from South Africans looking to buy their way into second passports, mostly in Europe, numbers from an advisory company show. V.5085

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