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03. Feb. 2020 Devdiscourse News Desk

Home Affairs to extend operating hours at modernized offices

This means that Home Affairs offices will serve clients from 08h00 in the morning until 19h00 in the evening on weekdays, for the whole month, excluding weekends. V.5045

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20. Jan. 2020 Mail & Guardian

Amended Refugee Act restricts fundamental rights

Minister of Home Affairs Aaron Motsoaledi says Refugee Act amendments tie up loose ends and reduce regulation abuse. Others say they curtail the human rights of refugees and asylum seekers. Minister of Home Affairs Aaron Motsoaledi has defended the new amendments to the Refugees Act that came into effect at the beginning of the year, saying they serve to tie up loose ends and fill gaps that led to regulation abuse. But they have been met with an avalanche of criticism citing human rights. V.5042

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18. Jan. 2020 NDTV

South African Tourism Set To Roll Out E-Visa Facility For Indian Tourists

South Africa has taken several measures to provide ease of access to Indian tourists. V.5041

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16. Jan. 2020 Bizztech

South Africans to pay more for Schengen Visas

South Africans will as from next month pay a fee of €80 (R1,283) instead of €60 (R962) when applying for a Schengen Visa from South Africa. The increase also affects children, who will now have to pay €40 (R642) instead of €35 (R561), as it is currently. South Africans will also be subjected to several changes in terms of visa application procedures, rules and benefits, starting from February. V.5043

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13. Jan. 2020 News 24

Immigration official arrested in sting over R100 000 ‘bribe’

An immigration official appeared in the Kempton Park Regional Court on Monday and remains in custody after being charged with corruption, extortion and defeating the ends of justice. Police spokesperson Brigadier Vishnu Naidoo confirmed Sam Jan Langa, 52, of the Department of Home Affairs` national office was arrested on Thursday. V.5040

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11. Jan. 2020 IOL

New tighter laws for South Africa`s border control

Cape Town - The home affairs committee has backed new regulations on refugees saying they would tighten the immigration system. This comes after Home Affairs Minister Aaron Motsoaledi recently gazetted the regulations. The regulations would be among other statutes that would ban refugees from political activity. V.5038

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11. Jan. 2020 SABCNewsOnline

Lawyers for Human Rights to challenge the amendment of Refugee Act

Some of the changes in the Refugee Act include preventing asylum-seekers from participating in political activity, clamping down on businesses and regulations on where they can work or go to school. V.5039

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07. Jan. 2020 Traveller 24

South African living in the UK caught out by New Zealand`s new visa rules

We all hate the admin of visas - and many countries are tightening border security - even for visitors who are visa exempt - with the risk of not having the necessary documentation heightened. New Zealand`s influx of visitors has seen it implement new security measures for travellers from 60 visa-waiver countries, in October 2019. V.5044

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19. Nov. 2019 Samigration

Illegal In South Africa ` What are my options ?

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31. Oct. 2019 SAMI

Visa waivers and fast-track entry

Are any visa waiver or fast-track entry programmes available? South Africa Sa Migration International See question 5 regarding the distinction between visa-exempt and non- visa-exempt countries. There are currently no fast-track entry programmes available; however, the DHA is planning to roll out an electronic visa (e-visa) regime prior to the end of 2019. Long-term transfers V.5027

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31. Oct. 2019 SAMI

Short-term transfers

In what circumstances is a visa necessary for short-term travellers? How are short-term visas obtained? South Africa Sa Migration International The South African government distinguishes between visa-exempt and non- visa-exempt nationalities. Visa-exempt nationals may travel to South Africa for periods of up to 30 or 90 days (the distinction depends upon their nationality) for tourism and limited business purposes and receive the visitor’s visa upon arrival at the South African port of entry. V.5028

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31. Oct. 2019 SAMI

Corporate Immigration General framework Legislation

What primary and secondary legislation governs immigration in your jurisdiction? South Africa Sa Migration International South African immigration is governed by the Immigration Amendment Act (the Act) and Regulations thereto (implemented on 26 May 2014), which controls the movement of foreign nationals who enter the country for purposes of investing their financial resources, skills and experience in order to promote economic growth. V.5029

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31. Oct. 2019 SAMI

Corporate visa

A corporate visa is an approval granted to an employer to employ a predetermined number of foreign nationals within specific roles for a limited duration. Owing to the nature of the approval, a corporate visa requires the involvement and approval of the DoL, the DTI and the DHA. Upon identification of a suitable foreign resource, the holder of the corporate visa must apply to the DHA for the issuance of an individual authorisation certificate to enable the foreign national to apply for an individual corporate work visa within a specific role or position. V.5030

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31. Oct. 2019 SAMI

High net worth individuals and investors

Is there a special route for high net worth individuals or investors? South Africa Sa Migration International With respect to applications for temporary residence (work and visitors’ visas), there are currently no special routes for high net worth individuals or investors involving reduced lead times. However, individuals or investors intending to permanently reside in South Africa may investigate applying under the minimum net worth category subject to meeting a prescribed minimum net worth (currently 12 million rand) and upon payment of an application fee of 120,000 rand. V.5031

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30. Oct. 2019 SAMI

High Court Slams Home Affairs for poor and unclear Visa rejection letters

The Department of Home Affairs is usually rejecting visa cases on a regular basis without giving any reason for it. The South African Court handed down an interesting judgement last week, which will hopefully if embraced by home affairs lead to clarity on many of the rejections that don’t make sense or one can see no thought was given to it . V.5020

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27. Oct. 2019 SAMI

Emigration guide: from Australia to Canada, South Africa, New Zealand and the USA

Enough, already ` hands up who has Brexit fatigue. The political purgatory as Britain attempts to leave the European Union is utterly exhausting. So if you want to get on with your life and escape the entire continent, where do you go? V.5023

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26. Oct. 2019 APP

Facial recognition tech would save Aussies $2.2 billion - so is it a good idea?

Privacy concerns about national facial recognition database A Liberal senator says the federal government must push on with legislation for facial recognition technology to prevent Australians losing $2.2 billion each year through identity theft. V.5024

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25. Oct. 2019 Business Tech

Home Affairs wants to go easier on visa applications ` after rejecting 36,000 last year

Minister of Home Affairs Aaron Motsoaledi has released new statistics outlining the number of people that have been denied a visa to South Africa. V.5022

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23. Oct. 2019 groundup

Motsoaledi says children of migrants should be in school

Every child needs to go to school, Minister of Home Affairs Aaron Motsoaledi has said. He said when he asked the Department of Basic Education why immigrant children were barred from school, he was told the department was scared of home affairs inspectors. `That can`t happen in any modern democracy. I told them home affairs inspectors must not visit any schools unless there is a crime committed that needs home affairs. It`s more dangerous to have a child who is not in school.` V.5019

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22. Oct. 2019 News24

Informal village springs up in Cape Town CBD as sit-in continues at UN refugee offices

A huge bag of chicken and bunches of spinach were being prepared for hundreds of foreign nationals still camping out at the UN High Commission for Refugees` offices in Cape Town`s CBD on Monday in the hopes of being evacuated from South Africa. Some foreign nationals want to be evacuated from SA. V.5025

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22. Oct. 2019 News24

Informal village springs up in Cape Town CBD as sit-in continues at UN refugee offices

A huge bag of chicken and bunches of spinach were being prepared for hundreds of foreign nationals still camping out at the UN High Commission for Refugees` offices in Cape Town`s CBD on Monday in the hopes of being evacuated from South Africa. Some foreign nationals want to be evacuated from SA. V.5026

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21. Oct. 2019 IOL

Home Affairs` ban on asylum seekers getting married is unconstitutional, SCA rules

If you are an asylum seeker whose application for asylum in terms of Section 21 of the Refugee Act has not been finalised, you are still permitted to enter into a marriage. The Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) affirmed this in a judgment handed down in October. V.5021

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13. Oct. 2019 City Press

Home affairs is urgently seeking ‘a divorce’

Minister of Home Affairs Aaron Motsoaledi is urgently seeking “a divorce” from sister departments public works, the State Information Technology Agency (Sita) and Bosasa which, he says, are all hindering the work of his department. Motsoaledi and acting director-general Thulani Mavuso appeared before Parliament’s portfolio committee on home affairs this week to account for the department’s financial health. V.5015

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11. Oct. 2019 East Coast Radio

KZN Health withdraws circular on foreign doctors

KwaZulu-Natal Health MEC, Nomagugu Simelane-Zulu says the department has decided to withdraw a circular stating that the hiring of foreign doctors would be put on hold. The Africa News Agency earlier reported that the internal circular released last week was signed by acting head of Health, Musa Gumede. Gumede said the decision was taken to prioritise South African doctors trained in Cuba. Simelane-Zulu says she has decided to do her own investigation into the matter. V.5008

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11. Oct. 2019 Human Rights Commission

Media Statement: South African Human Rights Commission Releases Final Position Paper on Access to a Basic Education for Undocumented Learners

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC or Commission) has released its Position Paper on Access to a Basic Education for Undocumented Learners, inclusive of findings and recommendations addressed to the State. The release of this Paper follows an extensive consultation process with relevant stakeholders. Thousands of children across the country face insurmountable barriers in accessing school on a continuous basis as a result of their undocumented status. In line with the current laws and policies, certain documentation must be submitted in order to enroll a child at school, and the failure to submit, or the inability to do so, results in the exclusion of the child. V.5010

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11. Oct. 2019 Mail & Guardian

Immigration visa row in Vietnam

An immigration officer at the South African embassy in Hanoi, Vietnam, has been threatened with insubordination for refusing to overturn her decision that a Filipino national should not be given a visa to teach in this country. That application started during the xenophobic attacks in August in South Africa, when the immigration officer ` Mmatlou Machimana ` received an application from a Filipino national who had landed a job at the American International School of Johannesburg. V.5016

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01. Oct. 2019 Mail & Guardian

Mother challenges home affairs

Chantel* was only 15 years old when she hopped the Eswatini-South African border in early 2007. She says she lived her whole life in an orphanage in Manzini, never knew her biological parents and never saw her birth certificate. Abuse was rife. “The conditions were unbearable. V.5012

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01. Oct. 2019 GroundUp

South Africa: Angolan Former Refugees Face Uncertain Future

About 2,000 Angolan former refugees, many of whom have lived in South Africa for decades, may have to leave at the end of 2021. According to the Scalabrini Centre, which has been fighting on behalf of the Angolans, the 2,000 former refugees have lived in South Africa for an average of 20 years. The year 2021 is the deadline for the end of the Angolan Special Permit - a temporary permit issued to Angolans whose refugee status ceased in 2013. Now, an Angolan committee has written to Home Affairs in a bid to clarify what will happen to them when the deadline comes in two years. V.5013

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30. Sep. 2019 Free Press Journal

India climbs down the list of visa-free countries since 2010

An Indian passport holder can obtain a visa for visa-free nations after landing in the country or have a visa permit or electronic travel authority received after reaching the destination. According to the Henley Passport Index, the Indian passport’s strength- number of countries it can access without a visa- has weakened since 2010. An Indian passport holder can obtain a visa for visa-free nations after landing in the country or have a visa permit or electronic travel authority received after reaching the destination. V.5017

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03. Feb. 2020 Devdiscourse News Desk

Home Affairs to extend operating hours at modernized offices

This means that Home Affairs offices will serve clients from 08h00 in the morning until 19h00 in the evening on weekdays, for the whole month, excluding weekends. V.5045

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