Archive from December, 2018

South African Life Partner Visa
Life Partner visa is issued to someone in long term relationship.
This type of South Africa Spouse or life partner visa is available to people in either heterosexual or same-sex relationships and can be applied for as either a spouse temporary residence permit or a permanent residence permit depending on the length of the marriage or relationship in question.
An application for temporary residence life partner visa requires that the partners are in a proven relationship for 2 years.
Foreigners who are spouses of South African citizens or permanent resident holders may apply for permanent residence if they have been together for 5 years or more in terms the Immigration Act .
To obtain permanent residence, you would have to have been living with your partner for more than 5 years. This came about with the new regulations .
The life partner visa is very similar to the spousal visa but accommodates same sex partnerships. You will have to prove financial and emotional support and may be called upon to be interviewed by the department.
SA Migration Intl will guide you through the entire process and make sure that all is in order for your application. Once your application is in you will be able to track the progress of it by entering a unique reference code in our application tracking system and be kept fully up to date with the progress of your application.
Once we confirm that you will qualify for the visa we will guarantee you a successful application.
If you need a life partner or spouse visa for South Africa please contact us now!

South African Retirement Visa

A retirement visa can be granted for 4 years to someone with a monthly pension, irrevocable annuity or retirement account of R37 000 from a net worth/combination of assets realizing R37 000 per month and wishes to retire temporarily or permanently in South Africa.
A South African Retired Person’s permit is ideal for people want to retire in South Africa temporarily or permanently subject to the financial criteria or parameters being satisfied. This South African visa category is designed for those intending to retire in the country or wishing to have a long stay in South Africa with the need to renew the visa or permit. This retirement visa is not based on age but rather on assets, rental income and / or bank accounts generating income. It is based upon foreigner provide proof that such foreigner has the right to a pension or an annuity or retirement account which will give such foreigner a prescribed minimum payment for the rest of his or her life from the country of his or her origin; or a minimum prescribed net worth generating income for life.
This South African immigration visa is a popular option for seasonal visitors, i.e. those visiting the country for a period of six months or more. An important point to observe is that successful applicants are under no obligation to apply for permanent residence.
The temporary grant may be renewed indefinitely so long as the requirements continue to be met. However, permanent residency does bestow additional benefits upon its holder. In South Africa, immigration through the retired person’s route can be either a temporary visa permit or a permanent residence visa as outlined in the eligibility criteria summarized below.
The temporary route is granted for four years and is renewable indefinitely for four-year periods.
The permanent route offers permanent residents the same rights and privileges as those with South African citizenship, with a few key exceptions, most notably the right to vote.
In both the temporary and permanent residence category the, South African Retired Persons Visa is based upon financial criteria and unlike a South African Work Visa, no prior job offer needs to be in place before an application can be made. Although unlike temporary South African visit visas, retired people can permitted to work if they wish, provided they apply under the correct visa category – Retirement plus Work Visa We wish to stress that the category “retired person”, does not confer a maximum or minimum age limit for this class of visa for South Africa. Retired person’s visas may be awarded to people of all ages, proving that the eligibility requirements below are met.
A pension, retirement account or irrevocable annuity which has a value of at least R37, 000 per month. This requirement applies to each person making an application.
Alternatively, candidates may obtain a South African visa of this kind by demonstrating a “net worth” through a combination of assets which equates to a minimum of R37, 000 per month. Once again, this criterion applies to each person making an application.
Work Conditions
The nature of this type of immigration to South Africa is such that no specific stipulations are in place regarding a candidate’s ability to work in South Africa. In most cases, it may be assumed that people embarking upon this route, based as it is upon a steady income from a source other than employment will not be entering the country to work. However, each case will be considered individually and candidates may be able to work during their time in the country.
Applicants wishing to work will need to submit an employment contract and demonstrate that no South African citizen or resident is available for position. If candidates were to achieve permanent resident status then as with other routes to settled status, working in South Africa would be permitted.
Accompanying Dependents
Spouse immigration and dependent immigration are now provided through temporary South African Retired person’s visas. This route to South Africa is based upon the financial security of each applicant and unlike work permit visas or business visas, the dependent family members of retired applicants automatically qualify for visit visa status to accompany the principle applicant and does not have to meet the same criteria for temporary residence but for the purposes of permanent residence they are treated as one family unit.
However, in cases where an applicant successfully obtains permanent residence as a retired person, their spouse and/or dependent children, i.e. those aged under 21 will also qualify for permanent residency.
Financially Independent
An alternative route exists in the financially independent visa for which candidates would need to be able to demonstrate a net asset value totalling not less than R12 million.
In addition, it would also be necessary to demonstrate proof of payment of R120,000 as a non-refundable sum to the Director General of Home Affairs. The application for a financially independent visa will lead to permanent residence.
A retired persons visa may be issued for a period exceeding three months to a foreigner who intends to retire in the Republic, provided that the foreigner provide proof that such foreigner has the right to a pension or an annuity or retirement account which will give such foreigner a prescribed minimum payment for the rest of his or her life from the country of his or her origin; or a minimum prescribed net worth.
The Department may authorise the holder of a retired person permit to conduct work under terms and conditions as the Department may deem fit to determine under the circumstances.
A retired person visa may allow its holder to sojourn in the Republic on a seasonal or continuous basis; and not exceed a four-year period, at the expiry of which it may be renewed one or more times.

Travel document confusion riles tourists with children

27.12.2018 – The Citizen

Home affairs insists an unabridged birth certificate is not needed for parents travelling with children, but apparently nobody told customs officials.
The department of home affairs has reiterated that the requirement for an unabridged birth certificate for children travelling with their parents no longer applies, but the parents must still carry it anyway – in case customs officials ask to see it at ports of entry.
This follows a huge outcry among travellers who claimed they were stopped at ports of entry by customs staff who demanded the unabridged certificate for their children, despite the announcement by the department it was no longer a requirement.
The department of tourism recently said tourism supports about 1.5 million jobs directly and indirectly in SA. StatsSA figures for 2016 show the sector directly contributed 2.9% – or R125.1 billion – to the country’s gross domestic product (GDP).
When the initial requirements were first issued, Tourism Minister Derek Hanekom took issue with the home affairs decision, saying the move would kill tourism in SA and impede economic growth. Home affairs was forced to back off.
Reacting to complaints, tourism spokesperson Siya Qoza yesterday said the prescription to produce an unabridged birth certificate was no longer a requirement.
“Only in instances where immigration officials have a reason to suspect wrongdoing, will they ask for documents.”
Qoza said travellers must still carry the certificate in case it was needed at a port of entry for the purpose of investigating a suspect criminal activity by an individual.
If there was something suspicious, immigration officers could stop a traveller and ask questions to seek clarity, and may also ask for minor’s birth certificate.
“So it is important parents carry the certificate and other relevant documents in case,” he said.
However, if a child was travelling with both parents, there would be no need to produce proof of a relationship. But if the child was travelling with one parent, a written consent of the parent remaining behind would be required to show he or she gave permission for the child to travel with second parent.
Qoza said the only document required would be an affidavit from the non-travelling parent. It must indicate that the non-travelling parent was aware of the child’s travel and that he or she gave permission.
The department was reacting to reports that a large number of travellers were being stopped at ports of entry and exit and asked for unabridged birth certificates for the children they travelled with – despite the department having reversed the regulations on this.
Some complaints on social media, however, contradict this, claiming officials demanded the documents even in the presence of both parents.
In a Twitter message this week, Hanekom asked the home affairs department to ensure it did the right thing to avoid interfering with tourists to the country.
In his tweet, the minister wrote: “Let me repeat. I hope @ HomeAffairsSA reads this. Both parents travelling with their children with passports of a visa exempt country: NO additional documentation required. One parent or adult accompanying the child: you MAY be required to prove the relationship with the child.”
In September, the department indicated its intention to scrap the regulations that required parents who travel with minors to produce an unabridged certificate at ports of entry. Recently, former home affairs minister Malusi Gigaba said a consent form would still be required from both parents for a child to leave the country.
But parents would no longer need to produce a certificate in the name of the minor, because the details appear on the parent’s passport under the new set-up.

Canadian woman detained in China has returned home

CBC News • Posted: Dec 28, 2018
Sarah McIver’s case does not appear to be linked to detention of 2 other Canadians

Alberta teacher Sarah McIver, right, was the third Canadian detained in China this month. China and Canada said the detention of Sarah McIver didn’t appear to be related to the detention of the two other Canadians. (Facebook)
Sarah McIver, a Canadian teacher who was detained in China earlier this month, has returned to Canada after being released from custody, Global Affairs Canada says.
“Global Affairs can confirm that a Canadian citizen, who was detained in China this month, has been released and has now returned to Canada,” spokesperson Richard Walker said in an email. “Due to the provisions under the Privacy Act, no further information can be disclosed.”
McIver’s aunt, Rhona McIver, told CBC News that the Alberta woman’s mother and sister had travelled to Vancouver to pick her up and that the family is “thrilled” she is back home.
Earlier this month, McIver became the third Canadian detained in China in recent weeks. She was held over a work-permit issue related to her teaching job and was sentenced to administrative punishment for illegal employment, according to a spokesperson for the Chinese government.
McIver’s arrest came just days after the detentions of Canadians Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor, though both Canada and China insisted her case is different from that of the two men.
Tensions have been high between Canada and China since the Dec. 1 arrest of Meng Wanzhou, the chief financial officer of Chinese telecom giant Huawei Technologies.
Canada made the arrest at the Vancouver International Airport at the request of the U.S. officials, who accuse her of violating trade sanctions on Iran. Meng has since been released on bail pending extradition proceedings.

Canadian businessman Michael Spavor, left, and Canadian diplomat Michael Kovrig were taken into custody on allegations of endangering China’s national security, officials in that country say. (Associated Press/ International Crisis Group/Canadian Press)
Not long after the tech executive’s arrest, Chinese officials confirmed Kovrig and Spavor had been detained separately in China on national security concerns.
Chinese officials have not exactly said that the two men are in custody in retaliation for Meng’s arrest, but they have pointedly linked the cases, insisting at length that Meng’s arrest was illegal and an international affront, while Kovrig and Spavor have been detained properly under Chinese law.
Kovrig is a Canadian diplomat currently on leave from Global Affairs as he serves as an adviser to the International Crisis Group think-tank, while Spavor is a businessman who arranges tours of North Korea.
Canada and its allies have been pushing back against the detentions, with Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland saying last week that the government is “deeply concerned” by the “arbitrary detention” of the two men.
Global Affairs did not say when McIver was released or when exactly she returned to Canada.

Increase in traveller numbers expected at SA borders

December 27, 2018 – Zululand Observer
Minister Cwele will visit other ports of entry during this peak period to monitor service delivery
High traveller traffic volumes have been recorded across all the major border posts in South Africa since the beginning of the festive season.
The Department of Home Affairs said senior managers will remain at border posts to facilitate decision making which will enable travellers to transit quicker.
They appeal to travellers to carry the correct travel documents, which should be legible, when they travel.
More than 200 000 traveller movements were recorded at the Beit Bridge Border Post since the beginning of December.
This number is expected to increase with the approaching the New Year period.
The announcement was made by Home Affairs Minister Dr Siyabonga Cwele, who concluded a successful monitoring visit last week to the border post between Musina in Limpopo and Zimbabwe.
Beit Bridge is the country’s busiest land port and most of the departmental staff has been deployed to manage the expected increases in traveller movements at the border post.
Minister Cwele was accompanied by Musina Mayor Cllr Mihloti Muhlophe, Musina Speaker Cllr Gilbert Netshisaulu, Musina Chief Whip Cllr Fistos Mafela and other senior leaders.
The Minister and his delegation were briefed by Home Affairs, SA Revenue Service, SA Police Service, Department of Agriculture and Forestry, Department of Health, Department of Transport, Cross Border Road Transport Agency and the Road Traffic Management Corporation.
‘I am happy with the operations I saw today at Beit Bridge and I’m confident that the measures we have put in place will assist to ease travel for visitors using this port.
‘We don’t want people to spend a lot of time here at the border whether they are departing or arriving,’ said Minister Cwele.
He said he was pleased with the cooperation amongst the different State agencies operating at the port.
‘We’ll continue to have increased capacity at this and all our other border posts until 09 January 2019.
‘We appeal to travellers to ensure that they have all the relevant supporting documents which should be legible and recently certified,’ said Cwele.
He will visit other ports of entry during this peak period to monitor service delivery and interact with visitors.
‘One of the biggest task of Home Affairs is to facilitate ease of travel at our ports of entry. This has a big impact on tourism, trade and investment.
‘This could ultimately improve economic growth.’

Security Union: new rules on reinforced Schengen Information System enter into force

EU Commission – Brussels, 28 December 2018
New rules to strengthen the Schengen Information System (SIS) – proposed by the Commission in December 2016 and adopted earlier this year – are entering into force today.
The SIS is Europe’s most widely used information sharing system for security and border management. Consulted over 5 billion times by national authorities in 2017, the upgraded database will help border guards to better monitor who is crossing the EU’s borders; support police and law enforcement in capturing dangerous criminals and terrorists; and offer greater protection for missing children and vulnerable adults, in line with the new data protection rules.
Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship Dimitris Avramopoulos said: “We are closing a critical security gap today in the EU. Member States will have an obligation to introduce terrorism alerts into the reinforced Schengen Information System. Anyone posing a threat should not go unnoticed anymore: the interoperability of SIS with our other information systems on security, borders and migration in the near future will make sure that all the dots are properly connected on our radar screens.”
Commissioner for the Security Union Julian King said: “The SIS is a key tool for security in the EU, allowing national authorities to catch criminals and terrorists all over Europe. The new obligation to create SIS alerts will help make Europe safer – especially when it comes to tackling terrorism – as part of our wider efforts to strengthen information sharing and make our information systems work together more effectively.”
As of today, new rules on alerts related to terrorism apply:
• Greater vigilance for terrorist offences: As of today, national authorities are obliged to create a SIS alert for all cases related to terrorist offences. By the end of 2019, Member States will also have to inform Europol of hits alerts linked to terrorism, which will help to connect the dots at the European level.
• Stronger data protection rules: The new rules have been brought into line with the new General Data Protection Regulation and the Police Directive on data protection.
A number of other new functionalities in the SIS will be implemented in phases, with a requirement for the system to be fully operational in Member States 3 years following entry into force of the legislation:
• New alerts on criminals and return decisions: The new rules will allow SIS alerts to be issued for unknown persons who are wanted in connection with a crime. In addition, a new alert category for “return decisions” has been introduced to improve the enforcement of return decisions issued to irregularly staying third-country nationals;
• Stronger provisions on missing children and people in need: National authorities will be able to issue preventive alerts on persons who are in need of protection, in addition to existing alerts on missing persons;
• Enforcement of entry bans: It will be now compulsory to insert into SIS any entry bans issued to third-country nationals preventing them from entering the Schengen area;
In his 2016 State of the Union Address, President Juncker highlighted the importance of overcoming the current shortcomings in data management and of improving the interoperability of existing information systems. A strengthened Schengen Information System (SIS) is one of the foundations of this work.
As a result of a comprehensive evaluation of the SIS carried out in 2016, some areas were identified where operational and technical improvements could be made. The legislative proposals presented by the Commission in December 2016 implemented the recommendations set out in this evaluation report as well as the commitment made by President Juncker in his 2016 State of the Union Address. Co-legislators adopted the Commission proposals in November 2018.
The Schengen Information System (SIS) is a large-scale, centralised information system that supports checks at the external Schengen borders and improves law enforcement and judicial cooperation in 30 countries throughout Europe. It currently contains around 79 million records, and was consulted 5 billion times in 2017. The SIS notably provides information on individuals who do not have the right to enter or stay in the Schengen area, persons sought in relation to criminal activities and missing persons, as well as details of certain lost or stolen objects (for example cars, firearms, boats and identity documents) and data that is needed to locate a person and confirm their identity.

South African Business Visa

A business visa may be issued by the Department of Home Affairs to a foreigner intending to establish or invest in a business in South Africa in which he or she may be employed, and to members of such foreigners’ immediate family providing that certain requirements have been met.
The Act calls for investment of R5,0 million in a business and you need to make sure you employ 60% South African citizens or permanent residents to get both a temporary and permanent business visa, you can get these visas with less capital investment – sometimes for as low as R600,000 investment using our expert team at SA Migration.
Many businesses do not require a capital investment as large as R5 million and in certain cases, you are allowed to reduce this amount and commit to a smaller investment if your business falls within the certain industries. The following businesses to be in the national interest, and therefore qualifying for reduction or waiver of the capitalisation requirements as determined to be in the national interest in relation to a Business Visa: Many of these business owners do not have the required investment amounts. If this is the case and the business falls in line with one of the following industries, a capital waiver can be requested. This would mean a reduction in the required investment amount.
The industries are:
(a) Agro-processing
Fisheries and aquaculture i.e. freshwater aquaculture and marine culture
Food processing in the milling and baking industries
Beverages viz. fruit juices and the local beneficiation, packaging and export of indigenous teas
High value natural fibres viz., organic cotton and downstream mohair production
High value organic food for the local and export market
Biofuels production viz. bioethanol and biogas
oils: tea extracts, including buchu, honeybush: and other oil derivatives (avocado, amarula etc.)
Diversification / beneficiation of biomass sources i.e. sugar, maize
(b) Business Process Outsourcing and IT Enabled Services
Call centers
Back Office Processing
Shared Corporate Services
Enterprise solutions e.g. fleet management and asset management
Legal process outsourcing
(c) Capital / Transport equipment, metals and electrical machinery and apparatus
Basic iron and steel
Basic precious and non-ferrous metals
Casting of metals
Other fabricated metal products: metalwork service activities
General purpose machinery
Tooling manufacturing
Tooling manufacturing
White goods and associated components
Electric motors, generators and transformers
Electricity distribution and control apparatus
Insulated wire and cable
Accumulators, primary cells and primary batteries
(d) Electro Technical
Advanced telecommunications
Software development
Software and mobile applications
Smart metering
Embedded software
Radio frequency identifications
Digital TV and Set Top Boxes due to migration to full digital television
Process control, measurement and instrumentation
Security and monitoring solutions
Financial software
Manufacturing sensors
(e) Textile, Clothing and Leather
Spinning, weaving and finishing of textiles
Knitted and crocheted fabrics and articles
Wearing apparel except fur apparel
Dressing and dying of fur
Leather skins and hides beneficiation
(f) Consumer goods
White goods and associated components
(g) Boatbuilding
Boatbuilding and associated services industry
Engines and engine systems
Marine equipment and accessories
(h) Pulp, paper and Furniture
Manufacture of paper products: publishing, printing and reproduction
Manufacture of articles of straw and plaiting materials
Paper and paper products and furniture
Manufacture of wood and products of wood and cork
(i) Automotives and Components
engines, radiators, filters and components thereof
air conditioners / climate control systems
alarms and Tracking devices
axles, transmission shafts
body parts and panels
catalytic converters, silencers and exhaust systems and components
wiring harnesses, instrument panels vehicle interiors, electronic drive train components,
lighting equipment
seats and parts thereof, seatbelts, leather covers
suspension and shock absorbers, springs and parts thereof
steering wheels, columns and boxes
ignition, starting equipment, gauges and instrument parts
(J) Green Economy Industries
(jj) Power generation:
Nuclear Build Programmer i.e. joint ventures, consortiums and the establishment of new companies to grow South Africa’s nuclear manufacturing capability and nuclear supply industry to supply into the nuclear build programme
Independent power generation, energy infrastructure and alternative energy
(jjj) Renewable Energy:
Onshore wind power – manufacture of turbines/blades
Solar PV and Concentrated Solar Power manufacture/assembly
Small hydro
Lowering greenhouse gas emissions from landfill sites
Energy efficiency and energy saving industries
Solar water heaters
Waste Management and Recycling
Reducing landfill
(k) Advanced Manufacturing
High performance materials based on natural resources (advanced bio-composites
Advanced materials, polymers and composites
Medical devices, diagnostics and composites
Space e.g. satellite manufacturers etc. and astronomy e.g. SKA, telescopes, dishes etc.
Composites (intelligent textiles used in medical, building and construction industries)
Continuous fibre reinforced thermoform composites
Biochemical and biologics for applications in agriculture, industry and health/medical sectors
Electricity demand Site Management Solutions to improve electricity efficiency usage
Lasers and laser-based additive manufacturing various applications
Advanced Robotics Mobile Intelligent Autonomous Systems
Applications in the mining industry, data collection and analysis
Bio – manufacturing – Biochemical and biologics for applications in agriculture, industry and health/medical.
Fuel cells and Technology
(l) Tourism infrastructure
Accommodation – hotels, boutique hotels, lodges and resorts
urban integrated tourism/ entertainment precincts
adventure, – eco-, sport-, conference- and cultural tourism
infrastructure developments
leisure complexes and world class golf courses
harbour and waterfront developments
trans frontier conservations areas
Tourism transport – aviation, rail, cruise liners etc
green building and green technologies for tourism
attractions and activity – based tourism.
museums and heritage
(m) Chemicals, plastic fabrication and pharmaceuticals
basic chemicals
water treatment chemical products
man-made fibres
plastic products: polypropylene and polyvinculchloride
medical (drips and syringes), manufacture of active pharmaceutical ingredient
(APIs) for key anti-retrovirals (ARVs)
Manufacture of reagents for AIDS/HIV diagnostics
Production of vaccines and biological medicines
(n) Creative and Design Industry
Film studios, treaty film co-production ventures, distribution infrastructure
Servicing of foreign productions
Production of film and documentaries, commercials, stills photography and
Jewellery manufacturing and design
Fashion design
(o) Oil and Gas
Maintenance ship and rig repair
Fabrication – equipment and specialised components
Specialised services – training and accreditation
Specialised services – non-descriptive testing, inspection services, SHEQ services
Exploration – technical services: seismic surveys, logging, environmental impact assessments, etc
Exploration – offshore
Exploration – onshore shale gas
Exploration – onshore coal bed methane and underground coal gasification
Infrastructure – refineries (Oil and GTL)
Infrastructure – terminals LPG/LNG import, storage and distribution
Infrastructure – ports and associated infrastructure
Infrastructure – storage
Logistics – pipeline
(p) Mineral beneficiation
Downstream processing and value addition
(q) Infrastructure Development
(r) ICT
Geoamatics and Digital media
Wireless and Telecom
Software Development
Advanced programming
List of undesirable Business in South Africa;
Businesses that import second hand motor vehicles into the Republic of South Africa for the purpose of exporting to other markets outside the Republic of South Africa
The exotic entertainment industry
Security Industry
Our team of professionals at SA Migration International will assist you and help you to obtain your business visa for you.