Archive from December, 2014

New directive allows for in-country ICT applications in some cases

SOUTH AFRICA (Dec. 23, 2014) – New directive allows for in-country ICT applications in some cases
IMPACT – HIGH
What is the change? South Africa has amended an earlier order on foreign nationals seeking to extend intra-company transfers. Foreign nationals holding ICT Work Permits issued prior to May 26 will be allowed to apply in-country for a new ICT Work Visa in certain circumstances.
What does the change mean? ICT permit holders do not have to leave South Africa to obtain a new ICT Work Visa to continue their assignment as long as the cumulative duration does not exceed four years from the date the initial ICT Work Permit was issued. For assignments totaling more than four cumulative years, foreign nationals must leave South Africa and apply for a new ICT Work Visa from their home country.
• Implementation timeframe: Immediate.
• Visas/permits affected: ICT Work Permits issued before May 26.
• Who is affected: Foreign nationals in South Africa holding the above permits.
• Impact on processing times: The directive allows processing at a visa center in South Africa instead of consular processing from abroad.
• Business impact: The new rule will eliminate travel time and business interruption for foreign nationals who are eligible to apply in-country.
• Next steps: Foreign nationals holding ICT permits issued before May 26 should work with S A Migration International to determine if they may file in-country, depending on the length of their assignment extension. Under the Immigration Regulations passed this year, completed applications must be submitted no later than 60 days before the expiration date of an existing ICT Work Permit.
Background: The Immigration Regulations passed on May 26 established that ICT Work Visas would be issued for four years and could not be renewed. However, the regulations were silent about foreign nationals holding ICT Work Permits issued before May 26 under the old regulations.
In October, the Department of Home Affairs issued a directive that allowed those foreign nationals to obtain a new ICT Work Visa valid for up to four years, but they were required to fly to their home country and apply at a consular post.
This month, the Department further clarified its policy in a new directive that allows holders of ICT Work Permits issued before May 26 to apply in-country for ICT Work Visas valid for up to two years to continue their international assignment. This in-country processing applies to foreign nationals whose assignment is extended such that the total period from the date of issuance of the initial ICT work permit to the end of the assignment does not exceed four years.
Foreign nationals who have completed four years of an international assignment and require an extension of their time can apply for a new ICT Work Visa for up to four years, but must return to their home country to submit the application from abroad .
SAMI Analysis: The new directive is a very positive change that further eases the conditions for foreign nationals holding ICT Work Permits issued before May 26.
This alert has been provided by SA Migration located in South Africa. For additional information, please contact your S A Migration .

Zimbabweans prefer South African universities

Zimbabweans prefer South African universities
23/12/2014 – New Zimbabwe
by Staff Reporter
THE South African embassy in Harare has seen an increase in the number of prospective students seeking permits to pursue tertiary education in that country as thousands continue to shun local institutions.
In what could be interpreted as an indictment of Zimbabwe’s much-vaunted but waning education system, prospective students have been making a daily bee-line outside the embassy in their hundreds.
The trend has revived the long snaking queues reminiscent of the hyperinflation era of 2007-2008 when Zimbabweans sought visas to South Africa to escape the economic crisis.
Prospective students have been flooding the embassy since the beginning of last week as they try to beat the festive season shut down. Some people pitch up as early as 2am hoping to be among the maximum 100 people that the embassy attends to each day.
Efforts to obtain an official comment from the South African embassy were futile as their phones went unanswered. But some officials working inside the embassy confirmed that there has been an increase in the number of people seeking permission to study in South Africa.
When NewZimbabwe.com visited the embassy Tuesday about 500 people were in the queue. An official insisted on the 100 per day limit telling the rest to “come tomorrow very early to stand any chance of being served.”
One Takunda Sibanda, a prospective engineering student said: “There is no point in enrolling at the local universities where lectures are deserting as a result of low or no salaries at all.”
This year state universities lecturers were routinely not paid on time with many deciding to quit the profession.
Another student permit hopeful said: “The fees are almost the same but the cost of living is cheaper in South Africa than in Zimbabwe.”
Last year’s World University Web Ranking placed Zimbabwean universities relatively low in its rankings.
The top five African rankings are occupied by South African universities with the University of Cape Town first ahead of the University of South Africa, University of Pretoria, University of Stellenbosch and University of Witwatersrand.

Home Affairs and SA film industry simplify international access

Home Affairs and SA film industry simplify international access
23 Dec 2014 – Bizlike
Thanks to a simplified immigration regulation agreement between the South African film industry and the Department of Home Affairs, the promotion of South African film to international clients is set to get a boost…
Industry bodies such as the Commercial Producers Association (CPA), the South African Association of Stills Producers (SAASP) and the National Association of Model Agencies (NAMA) reached an agreement with the Department of Home Affairs earlier this week. This will simplify the process for international clients wanting to bring their business to the South African film sector.

Monica Rorvik, Head of Film Promotion at Wesgro, the Western Cape’s Official Tourism, Trade and Investment Promotion agency, says the agreement takes into consideration two types of travellers to South Africa, namely: “the Oversight group, which consists of client, agency and production company personnel; and the Specialist group, which comprises actors, models, directors, DPs, technicians and art departments”.

Members of the Oversight group from visa-exempt countries can now travel to South Africa without having to pre-apply at a South African embassy. All they need to do is present their DHA 84 form, copy of their travel itinerary and a letter from the CPA/SAASP/NAMA to the immigration officials at the airport. Their passports will then be endorsed with S11 (1)(a) authorisation.

You’ll still need to apply to the South African embassy if you’re part of the Specialist group, but this process has also been streamlined – you’ll need to present just your DHA 84 form, travel itinerary and a letter from the CPA/SAASP/NAMA.

Zim workers urged to regularise SA permits

Zim workers urged to regularise SA permits
Posted on Dec 23 2014 – 9:52am by Nehanda Radio
By Lovemore Mataire
Zimbabweans living and working in South Africa have been urged to regularise their Dispensation for Zimbabwe Project Permits (DZP) before month-end by accessing the new Zimbabwe Special Permits as agreed between the Home Affairs Ministries of the two countries.
In a recent statement issued on the South African Home Affairs Ministry’s website, Minister Malusi Gigaba said all DZP permits would expire on December 31, 2014, regardless of the time issued and the expiry date.
The statement said most of the DZP permits were issued in 2010 and applications for the new permits needed to be submitted by end of December, failure of which applicants would only be able to submit their papers by April 30, 2015.
Minister Gigaba advised Zimbabweans travelling home for the festive season to shorten their holiday to enable them to file their applications before December 31.
He said the other option available for Zimbabweans travelling home for the festive season, was to file applications through the Visa Facilitation Services Global Outsourcing Company of South Africa.
“All the necessary paper work for the application of the special permits has to be done in South Africa so as to avoid the inconvenience of not being denied entry back into the country,” said Mr Gigaba.
The Minister said 64 percent of the 245 000 applications have so far been received and the adjudication process was complete for just 20 percent, giving an approximate number of processed applications of 31 360.
He said applicants must start making inquiries on their applications as some were ready for collection from Visa Facilitation Service Global Centres.
Mr Gigaba said those who had electronically submitted their applications would be able to travel to Zimbabwe without any challenges.
“During the festive season, Zimbabweans qualifying for this process will be able to travel home and return to South Africa without any challenges. Their applications will be available to us electronically thus enabling us to verify whether they would have been captured properly,” Mr Gigaba said.
Zimbabwe’s Home Affairs Minister Kembo Mohadi said he had agreed with his South African counterpart for the processing of 245 000 permits.
He, however, expressed ignorance on new deadline for the application of the new permits.
“We have adequately concluded on the modalities of both the expiry dates and the deadline for the regularisation of permits. I have to contact my counterpart to get an update on the latest situation regarding the December 31 deadline,” said Mohadi.
The new special permits to be acquired by every Zimbabwe living in South Africa expire in 2017 after, which they would be renewed again in accordance with the laws that would have been enunciated by the South African government.
However, regardless of these challenges, the number of Zimbabweans trooping for the holidays has started swelling at the borders and reports say immigrations officers at the border are clearing an average of 20 000 people a day on arrivals alone. The Herald
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Home Affairs reveals new move on regulations

Home Affairs reveals new move on regulations

VINCENT CRUYWAGEN- Dec 23 2014 – The New Age
The Department of Home Affairs has agreed to new regulations that will make it easier for international clients to bring their business to South Africa.
The move is aimed at promoting the country’s film industry.The agreement between the South African Film Industry, the department, the Commercial Producers Association (CPA), the South African Association of Stills Producers (SAASP) and the National Association of Model Agencies (Nama) was reached last week.
Monica Rorvik, head of film promotion at Wesgro, the Western Cape’s official tourism, trade and investment promotion agency, said: “The development will make the requirements considerably simpler and gives some relief to the difficult situation faced by the film sector in recent times.
“The agreement takes into consideration two types of travellers to South Africa; the oversight group which consists of client, agency and production company personnel and the specialist group which comprises actors, models, directors, DPs, technicians and art departments.”
In terms of the agreement, the oversight group from visa-exempt countries are able to travel to South Africa without having to pre-apply at a South African embassy.
They will need to present a form (DHA 84), a copy of their travel itinerary and a letter from the CPA/SAASP/Nama to airport immigration officials who will then endorse their passports with a S11 (1) (a) authorisation, Rorvik said.
However the specialist group will still need to apply in advance to a South African embassy but the requirements have been streamlined to include the DHA 84 form, travel itinerary and a letter from the CPA/SAASP/Nama.
“These new developments are welcomed by all role players in the industry and we are delighted with the outcome reached with the Department of Home Affairs.
“The new agreement is a positive for us and goes a long way in facilitating the promotion and growth of the film industry,” Rorvik said.

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Zimbabwe: Zim Workers Urged to Regularise SA Permits

By Lovemore Mataire – The Herald 22 December 2014
Zimbabweans living and working in South Africa have been urged to regularise their Dispensation for Zimbabwe Project Permits (DZP) before month-end by accessing the new Zimbabwe Special Permits as agreed between the Home Affairs Ministries of the two countries. In a recent statement issued on the South African Home Affairs Ministry’s website, Minister Malusi Gigaba said all DZP permits would expire on December 31, 2014, regardless of the time issued and the expiry date.
The statement said most of the DZP permits were issued in 2010 and applications for the new permits needed to be submitted by end of December, failure of which applicants would only be able to submit their papers by April 30, 2015.
Minister Gigaba advised Zimbabweans travelling home for the festive season to shorten their holiday to enable them to file their applications before December 31.
He said the other option available for Zimbabweans travelling home for the festive season, was to file applications through the Visa Facilitation Services Global Outsourcing Company of South Africa.
“All the necessary paper work for the application of the special permits has to be done in South Africa so as to avoid the inconvenience of not being denied entry back into the country,” said Mr Gigaba.
The Minister said 64 percent of the 245 000 applications have so far been received and the adjudication process was complete for just 20 percent, giving an approximate number of processed applications of 31 360.
He said applicants must start making inquiries on their applications as some were ready for collection from Visa Facilitation Service Global Centres.
Mr Gigaba said those who had electronically submitted their applications would be able to travel to Zimbabwe without any challenges.
“During the festive season, Zimbabweans qualifying for this process will be able to travel home and return to South Africa without any challenges. Their applications will be available to us electronically thus enabling us to verify whether they would have been captured properly,” Mr Gigaba said.
Zimbabwe’s Home Affairs Minister Kembo Mohadi said he had agreed with his South African counterpart for the processing of 245 000 permits.
He, however, expressed ignorance on new deadline for the application of the new permits.
“We have adequately concluded on the modalities of both the expiry dates and the deadline for the regularisation of permits. I have to contact my counterpart to get an update on the latest situation regarding the December 31 deadline,” said Cde Mohadi.
The new special permits to be acquired by every Zimbabwe living in South Africa expire in 2017 after, which they would be renewed again in accordance with the laws that would have been enunciated by the South African government.
However, regardless of these challenges, the number of Zimbabweans trooping for the holidays has started swelling at the borders and reports say immigrations officers at the border are clearing an average of 20 000 people a day on arrivals alone

Britain’s immigration system in intensive care, say MPs

Britain’s immigration system in intensive care, say MPs
Alan Travis, home affairs editor ,The Guardian, Saturday 20 December 2014

Committee report says failure to introduce system of ‘counting everyone in and out’ risks security and more illegal immigration
Britain’s immigration system has gone into intensive care, with serious doubts that a pledge to introduce 100% exit checks on all passengers leaving the country can be in place by the general election, say MPs.
The Commons home affairs select committee says a failure to introduce a system of “counting everyone in, and everyone out” of Britain within the promised timetable may increase security risks and illegal immigration.
The MPs’ latest six-monthly report on the state of the immigration system says that while more than 80% of those leaving the country by air face exit checks, they barely exist at all for the tens of millions of passengers who leave Britain by rail or ferry each year.
The MPs’ report says this week’s disclosure by the outgoing chief inspector of immigration, John Vine, of a forgotten backlog of Home Office files on overstayers has helped to push the total backlog of unresolved immigration cases to more than 304,000.
The committee’s chairman, Keith Vaz, said: “Our immigration system has left A&E and has entered intensive care.”
The expected failure to meet the promise to count everybody in and everybody out of the country is the second significant immigration pledge that is likely to be missed.
The home secretary, Theresa May, has already conceded that she will not meet the target of getting net migration below 100,000 by the time of the general election.
The MPs say they have been assured by the immigration minister, James Brokenshire, and Sir Charles Montgomery, the head of the UK Border Force, that 100% exit checks would be in place by 31 March 2015.
“We hope they can deliver this, and expect them to inform the committee if this no longer looks likely, and in particular to update the committee on this target,” they say in their report.
“It is very important that the system to carry out checks works efficiently, so that it can meet what are understood to be the aims of the policy, without introducing unnecessary queues and delays,” they warn.
“Any queues that develop as a result will be highly visible and could have a serious negative impact on business, trade and tourism. Transport operators have voiced serious concerns about the opportunities such delays offer to illegal migrants to attempt to board vehicles,” the committee adds.
The MPs say they share the concerns of the ferry and rail companies, such as Eurotunnel, that they will not be able to meet the official timetable to get the checks in place.
The official termination of the hugely expensive e-borders programme this year lies behind the delay in imposing exit checks.
At present, exit checks against official no-fly lists and warnings indexes for most air passengers are carried out by requiring them to supply their passport details in advance when they buy their tickets. But there is no advanced passenger information required for rail passengers and only 20% coverage for ferry passengers.
“To deliver exit checks, the Home Office needs to find a mechanism that can count all of the rail and maritime passengers as they depart the UK by the end of March,” they say.
Brokenshire disagreed with the committee’s assessment, saying the government was building an immigration system that was fair to British citizens and legitimate migrants and which had reduced the number of migrants coming from outside Europe by 50,000.
“Comprehensive exit checks are a crucial part of our work to build an immigration system that works in the national interest. These checks, which will be in place by April 2015, will increase security and target migration abuse,” he said.
“We will consider the findings of this report carefully and respond formally in due course.”

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