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12. Apr. 2021 DHA

Overstay / Undesirable / VLIST Ban Issued for 5 Years . Can I appeal !!

Overstaying one’s visa is a common occurrence among people who applied to extend their visa in South Africa and said visa not issued in time for travel . In recent months overstaying one visa has moved from being a minor inconvenience to a possible criminal offence with potentially serious ramifications. The changes brought about by the new immigration laws have made overstaying ones visa a very serious affair which needs a careful and smart approach to remedy. V.5574

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12. Apr. 2021 DHA

Prohibited Persons Status ( Vlisting ) and how to uplift a Prohibited Persons Status

The Immigration Act and the Department of Home Affairs abhors fraudulent documents. Section 29(1)(f) provides ; The following foreigners are prohibited person and do not qualify for a port of entry visa, admission into the republic , visa or a permanent residence permit … anyone found in possession of a fraudulent visa, passport , permanent residence permit or identification document. V.5575

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10. Apr. 2021 @SABCNews

Phiri siblings still struggling to get their IDs from Home Affairs

The Home Affairs Department has been sending the siblings from pillar to post, demanding that they provide DNA evidence that they are related to the woman they call their grandmother. The North West Home Affairs Department has come under heavy criticism for failing to assist two young men who have been struggling to get their identity documents for years. V.5572

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09. Apr. 2021 SBS News

Advocates slam partner visa English test as a `paternalistic` measure that will keep families apart

Partner visa language test will only affect people who apply after the changes are introduced mid-next year. The Department of Home Affairs says adding an English language requirement for partner visa applicants would protect people in family violence situations. V.5570

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09. Apr. 2021 Tourism Update

Vaccinated US citizens get green light for travel

In a landmark move the US Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has updated its advisory policy, opening up travel for US citizens that have been fully vaccinated. V.5571

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09. Apr. 2021 Business Insider SA

The US just opened its borders to South Africans with these jobs or visas

• The US has added further exemptions for foreign travellers looking to enter that country amid its ongoing travel ban. • Under the National Interest Exceptions protocol, certain visa holders and exchange visitors may travel to the US. • This applies to specialised teachers and au pairs in South Africa. • It also includes immigrant and fiancé(e) K-1 visas, which require a US citizen sponsor. V.5573

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08. Apr. 2021 Business Traveller India

VFS Global issues update on visa application operations in India

VFS Global, the visa outsourcing and technology services company, has issued an update on restarting visa application services in India since June 2020. Currently, the visa application process (in various categories) for over 40 governments has resumed at select visa application centres across India. V.5569

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06. Apr. 2021 news24

SARS busts diplomats for allegedly selling illicit alcohol, cheating taxman out of R100m per month

Foreign diplomats are allegedly selling illicit liquor, cheating SARS of taxes totalling more than R100 million every month. Investigations by tax authorities have singled out diplomats from Ghana, Rwanda, Guinea, Burundi and Lesotho for being involved in tax crimes involving the sale of duty free liquor. V.5566

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06. Apr. 2021 news24

Motsoaledi`s statements on Atul Gupta`s SA passport request are `legally flawed`, says lawyer

Atul Gupta is seeking to have his South African passport issued. The Department of Home Affairs is opposing the application Gupta`s legal team has filed a court application, seeking an order ompelling the director-general and home affairs minister to furnish his record of decision for refusing the passport. V.5567

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05. Apr. 2021 The Conversation

Why do South African students fare worse at maths than their counterparts in other countries?

South African students are bad at maths compared to other countries. This is clear from results of South African learners in the International Mathematics and Science Study. The results show that South Africa’s performance is far from competitive in relation to other countries. V.5568

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04. Apr. 2021 Bisstech

Here are the 10 critical skills needed in South Africa right now

A critical skills survey conducted by Xpatweb highlights the most in-demand ‘scarce’ skills in the country, which has led to businesses seeking talent recruitment from abroad. V.5564

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03. Apr. 2021 Business Insider US

533 million Facebook users` phone numbers and personal data have been leaked online

The personal data of over 500 million Facebook users has been posted online in a low-level hacking forum. • The data includes phone numbers, full names, location, email address, and biographical information. • Security researchers warn that the data could be used by hackers to impersonate people and commit fraud. A user in a low level hacking forum has published the phone numbers and personal data of hundreds of millions of Facebook users for free online. V.5565

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02. Apr. 2021 SA Migration

Scalabrini’s ‘abandonment’ court case challenges constitutionality of South African refugee laws

Scalabrini Centre in Court seeking an interdict against the Department of Home Affairs, in first step to challenging the constitutionality of the Refugee Amendment Act’s ‘deemed abandonment’ provisions. V.5559

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02. Apr. 2021 Tourism update

COVID liability: What to do when COVID-19 strikes your hotel or guesthouse

While accommodation establishments grapple with record low occupancy levels, slow recovery, and health and safety protocols, there is another worry looming in the background ` how do you protect yourself from potential COVID-19 litigation? Is an accommodation establishment liable if a guest falls ill? And what steps can an establishment take to make sure they are never on the wrong side of a negligence claim? Insurers offer cover for pretty much any incident, accident or sudden illness on your property; they no longer offer liability cover for COVID-related cases ` leaving clients vulnerable to a potential lawsuit. V.5560

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02. Apr. 2021 South African

New Zealand issues timeline for resumption of visa processing Immigration New Zealand has outlined the way forward for the restart of its visa processing services.

Many South African families have been forced to live apart for up to a year now as a result of New Zealand’s extended border closure and the halting of its visa issuing processes. There is however good news on the horizon for South Africans who have been desperately trying to get to New Zealand. The country’s immigration department has revealed a timeline for the expected dates of its visa processing restart. V.5561

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31. Mar. 2021 DHA

Asylum/refugee visas Extended to 30 June 2021

If your asylum seeker permit or refugee status has expired, or is due to expire, during lockdown (from 15 March 2020 onwards), it is considered to have been extended up to, and including, 30 June 2021. This was officially confirmed by Directions and Amended Directions Gazetted by the Department of Home Affairs. You can read these Directions and Amended Directions V.5554

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31. Mar. 2021 DHA

Why using an Immigration Consultancy is absolutely Vital

Whoever said that immigration is a piece of cake clearly paid an arm and a leg for the slice. The immigration process is incredibly case specific to the point that if it is not handled properly, it can immediately end with a negative outcome. Today, we discuss the reasons why you, as a person or as an organisation, should make use of an immigration consultancy for all the nitty gritty details that the immigration process has to offer. V.5556

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31. Mar. 2021 DHA

What is a Notarial Contract and why do I need one for a Life Partner Visa?

“The notarial contract is a formal agreement entered into by a South African citizen/permanent resident and a foreign partner, notarised by a South African notary, setting out the details of their rights and privileges in terms of their relationship V.5557

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31. Mar. 2021 Times Live

Cape Town hailed as one of the world`s 50 best places to work from remotely

The Bo-Kaap in Cape Town. The fact that the city is `chock-full of colourful markets and quirky neighbourhoods` makes it a drawcard for digital natives, says Big 7 Travel. V.5558

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31. Mar. 2021 German Foreign Mission

Travel ban in place - Travel to Germany and visa applications under Covid-19 restrictions

In a move to prevent the introduction of SARS-CoV2-variants, the German Government on 30th January 2021 has imposed a general ban on travel and entry from countries with widespread occurrence of such virus variants (referred to as areas of variant of concern). These include South Africa, Eswatini and Lesotho. V.5562

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30. Mar. 2021 TimesLIVE

Home affairs extends visas that expired in lockdown

Home affairs minister Aaron Motsoaledi has issued directions extending the validity period of legally issued visas that expired during the Covid-19 lockdown period. V.5555

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28. Mar. 2021 city-press

Details emerge about how Bushiris escaped

*Self-styled prophet Shepherd’s ‘lover’ helped him and his wife reach the Beit bridge border* Self-proclaimed Malawian prophet Shepherd Bushiri allegedly fled South Africa through Zimbabwe with the assistance of his 27-year-old “lover”. V.5553

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26. Mar. 2021 DHA

Breaking News !!! ` online renewal of refugee status and asylum seeker permits /visas

The Directions are hereby amended by the substitution for the date 31 March 2021 referred to in these paragraphs, of the date 30 June 2021, as the date until which the validity of visas and permits is extended Home Affairs have published the most recent Directions `17H. SERVICES TO BE RENDERED BY DEPARTMENT OF HOME AFFAIRS UNDER ALERT LEVEL 1 V.5546

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26. Mar. 2021 DHA

Breaking News !!! ` Visas that expired during Lockdown extended till 30 June 2021

The extension of the validity of visas or permits (a) applies to visas issued for a period of less than 90 days which expired during the national state of disaster; V.5547

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25. Mar. 2021 Business Insider Australia

Government prioritises wealthy investor visas

Money talks if you want permanent residency in Australia. There has never been a better time for rich foreign investors to buy residency in Australia, after the federal government quietly pushed ultra-wealthy applicants to the front of the line. V.5544

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25. Mar. 2021 Work Visa Process

US visa pandemic-based entry bans affect European travelers

Pandemic-based US visa and entry bans, originally imposed by former American President Donald Trump, have actually become tougher in some respects under Biden. In the Schengen Area, UK and Ireland it has become more difficult to receive National Interest Exceptions (NIEs) and thereby avoid the long COVID-19 backlog of visa applications. V.5551

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24. Mar. 2021 Daily Maverick

Motsoaledi’s smoke and mirrors crusade against immigrants is at odds with basic human rights

The standard definition of the ‘noble lie’, a concept originated by Plato in his ‘Republic’ published in 375 BC, is a myth or untruth purposefully and knowingly propagated by the ruling class to maintain social harmony or to advance an agenda. Home Affairs Minister Aaron Motsoaledi is a master of it. V.5541

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24. Mar. 2021 Daily Maverick

Ghana faces parliamentary paralysis as Akufo-Addo enters second term

After a disputed election, bitter relations between political parties and a hung Parliament will test governance processes. On 4 March, Ghana’s Supreme Court unanimously ruled to uphold the second term victory of president Nana Akufo-Addo in the 7 December 2020 general elections. Akufo-Addo’s opponent and immediate past predecessor John Dramani Mahama, who had challenged the results in court and argued for a rerun, criticised the decision. V.5548

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24. Mar. 2021 The South African

At last! Home Affairs plans to finally make services digital The Department of Home Affairs is introducing digital services to ensure a credible population register, not vulnerable to theft and fraud.

Good news for South Africans, the days of standing on those long queues and spending hours at Home Affairs will soon be a thing of the past! V.5552

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23. Mar. 2021 Groundup

Department of Home Affairs continues to flout refugee court orders, year after year

Home Affairs still does not serve new applicants in Cape Town despite a Supreme Court of Appeal ruling that says it must reopen and maintain a fully functional refugee reception office. Still no functional refugee reception office in Cape Town nor evidence of future progress. V.5542

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12. Apr. 2021 DHA

Overstay / Undesirable / VLIST Ban Issued for 5 Years . Can I appeal !!

Overstaying one’s visa is a common occurrence among people who applied to extend their visa in South Africa and said visa not issued in time for travel . In recent months overstaying one visa has moved from being a minor inconvenience to a possible criminal offence with potentially serious ramifications. The changes brought about by the new immigration laws have made overstaying ones visa a very serious affair which needs a careful and smart approach to remedy. V.5574

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