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Do you have a Long Outstanding Permanent Residence – What are my options

Do you have a Long Outstanding Permanent Residence – What are my options

Is Legal Action the way to go – Class Action vs individual Court Action
Class Action appears cheaper way but has more consequences to applicant than individual court action . Whilst class action hits the newspapers etc it pushes Home Affairs into a corner and they need to deliver against a court deadline a decision but it may not be what you expect . It could be a rejection . For example an older pending application with an expired visa will lead to a rejection .
We choose individual court action , it is not that expensive , Home affairs is not embarrassed in public media and often gives our clients the latitude to update any expired documents and generally the outcome is successful if application is fully compliant .
Contact us for options .
please contact us on :

Sa Migration International

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Everything South Africans need to know when they migrate to these 3 countries

Everything South Africans need to know when they migrate to these 3 countries
IOL – 30 July 2021
Deciding on moving to another country isn’t a choice you make overnight.
While South Africa offers vast travel options and has some of the most welcoming people, many South Africans migrate to other countries for better opportunities and travel options.
Here are three countries popular within the South African market:
Australia
Australia has long been a top attraction for South Africans.
Sam Hopwood, Australia and Oceania Region Director at Sable International, said Australia offered open spaces, beaches and mountain ranges, perfect for South Africans who crave the outdoors lifestyle.
That, coupled with their education system, economy and job market, provide many opportunities for people migrating permanently. To qualify, South Africans will need to be sponsored by an employer in Australia and work in an occupation relating to critical skills on the Priority Migration Skilled Occupation List (PMSOL).
“Occupations on this list will be prioritised and processed in as little as four weeks. Alternatively, business owners or investors are encouraged to assess their eligibility against the Business and Innovation visas subclass 188, aimed at people under the age of 55 with a successful business ownership career,” explained Hopwood.
Application costs can range for Employer Sponsored visas from $2,690-$4115 (R39 123-R59 854). The Business and Innovation subclass 188 application fees are $6,085 (R88 509)
United Kingdom
The UK is home to many South African expat communities and offers many attractive options for them.
For example, if you become a legal resident of the UK, you’ll have access to the National Health Service and free healthcare. Then, there are the travel options.
Offering access to Europe and other international destinations, South Africans can travel to their heart’s content.
The school and work options are pretty solid, with a demand for skilled workers increasing every year.
John Dunn, Citizenship and Immigration Director at Sable International, said visas for leisure travel were suspended, but all the settlement categories were open.
“An online application must be made, as well as an appointment to provide your biometrics. Visas are currently being issued between 15 – 90 days, depending on the visa category,” he said.
Dunn said the government and health surcharge fees vary between £86 – £3516 (R1 746 to R71 408), depending on the category you apply for.
Portugal
One of the most overlooked destinations to migrate to is Portugal, but it offers plenty of options for South Africans.
Voted among the safest countries in the world, Portugal boasts a warm Mediterranean climate and a high standard of living.
And, after holding five years of residency in Portugal, people can apply for nationality regardless of visa type held.
Andrew Rissik, Group Commercial Director at Sable International, said the most popular visa’s for Portugal are D7 visas.
“Visa’s must be applied for through VFS Global. You will be able to find the relevant application form on their website, along with a list of the required documents, which is dependent on the visa type.
“From the time of application, it could take around 3 – 4 months to receive a long-stay visa valid for four months, which is converted to a 2-year temporary residency permit after the initial appointment at the Immigration office in Portugal,” he advised.
Rissik said the Golden Visa requires a minimum investment and a minimum required amount of stay in Portugal.
“This is the most flexible type of visa that allows you to work towards nationality while remaining in your home country,” he added.
The D7 visa price is R1659, subject to meeting the legislated minimum income amounts.
The Golden Visa minimum investment is from €280 000 (R4.8-million). Further application costs are dependent on each family structure.
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Jul 31, 2021 - Uncategorized    No Comments

Do you have a Long Outstanding Permanent Residence â€` What are my options

Do you have a Long Outstanding Permanent Residence â€` What are my options

Is Legal Action the way to go â€` Class Action vs individual Court Action
Class Action appears cheaper way but has more consequences to applicant than individual court action . Whilst class action hits the newspapers etc it pushes Home Affairs into a corner and they need to deliver against a court deadline a decision but it may not be what you expect . It could be a rejection . For example an older pending application with an expired visa will lead to a rejection .
We choose individual court action , it is not that expensive , Home affairs is not embarrassed in public media and often gives our clients the latitude to update any expired documents and generally the outcome is successful if application is fully compliant .
Contact us for options .
please contact us on :
Sa Migration International

Jul 31, 2021 - Uncategorized    No Comments

Money flooding into South Africa’s fintech scene

Local and international investors are pumping billions into South Africa’s fintech scene, which include large investments in local start-ups over the last few weeks.
In July, South African fintech start-ups raised over R1.3 billion from notable investors, including Naspers, Vunani Capital, Old Mutual, and the Dragoneer Investment Group.
The largest investment came from the Dragoneer Investment Group, which invested R1.23 billion in Yoco.
Yoco offers payment tools to small businesses and micro-merchants in South Africa, including card machines and online payments.
Yoco CEO Katlego Maphai said they will use the money to accelerate product development and reach more merchants in South Africa.
Insurance technology start-up Pineapple closed its Series A funding in July, through which it raised R80 million.
Notable investors include Lireas Holdings, the ASISA ESD Fund, E4E, Vunani Capital, and the Old Mutual Enterprise and Supplier Development Fund.
On 21 July, insurance tech start-up Ctrl announced that Naspers had invested R34 million in the company.
Founded in 2017, Ctrl is a digital short-term insurance advice platform that connects consumers, brokers, and insurers.
Home services marketplace Kandua also announced a significant pre-series A funding round, which was led by Knife Capital and Allan Gray E-Squared Ventures.
The funding disclosed in the recent announcements is already on par with estimates by the Southern African Venture Capital and Private Equity Association (SAVCA) for 2020 and 2019.
SAVCA’s 2021 Venture Capital Industry Survey estimated that 122 South African start-ups received R1.39 billion from investors last year.
It was an improvement in 2019 when 69 early-stage fund managers invested R1.23 billion in South African start-ups.
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Can I apply for a child grant if my partner isn’t South African?

Can I apply for a child grant if my partner isn’t South African?
News24 – 30 / 07 /2021
*The short answer*
You can apply for the child /parent/child_7-12 support grant if your partner> is a refugee or permanent resident.
*The long answer*
If you are a South African citizen, or a refugee or a permanent resident, you can apply to SASSA for a child support grant. It is a means-tested grant, so SASSA will take into account both your own and your husband’s income. These are the SASSA rules:
* The primary caregiver must be a South African citizen, permanent resident or refugee,
* Both the applicant and the child must reside in South Africa,
* The applicant must be the primary caregiver of the child/children concerned,
* The child/children must have been born after 31 December 1993,
* The applicant and spouse must meet the requirements of the means test. (If you’re a single arent you must not earn more than R48,000 a year, or R4,000 a month. If you’re married then your combined income should not be above R96,000 a year, or R8,000 a month.),
* Applicants can not apply for more than six non-biological children,
* The child cannot be cared for in a state institution.
How to apply for the Child Support Grant:
You must complete a form at the SASSA office in the presence of a SASSA officer,
You will then be given a receipt once the application is complete. This receipt must be kept safe as it is your only proof of registration, Provide the birth certificate of the child, Provide identification documents of the caregiver, Once your grant is approved you will be paid from the date on which you applied,
You will be issued with a SASSA payment card and this card is used to access the money; however, you may request to receive the payments using alternative methods. Such as at banks including Postbank or other institutions.
When you come in to apply, you need to bring the following documents: Your South African identity document (ID), which must be bar-coded,
The child’s birth certificate, which must have an ID number, Your salary slip, bank statements for 3 months, or pension slips, and any other proof of income,

If you’re unemployed, your Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) card – “blue book” – or a discharge certificate from your previous employer,
Information that shows that you’re the child’s primary caregiver. If your application is refused, you can appeal. Usually, you can apply for the child support grant on a Wednesday and Thursday at the SASSA offices, but under the new lockdown conditions
this may have changed, and you should contact SASSA to find out, on their toll-free number on 0800 601 011 or 013 754 9428 / 54 from 8am to 4pm, Monday to Friday.
The fact that your husband is a foreigner should not affect your application for a child support grant, as long as your joint income is not more than R8,000 a month.
www.samigration.com

Jul 30, 2021 - Uncategorized    No Comments

Germany drops SA, others from ‘virus variant’ list

Reclassification will make it possible for others to travel to Germany, subject to proof of vaccination or a negative test result.

Germany no longer considers South Africa and eight other African countries as so-called ‘virus variant’ areas, the Health Ministry said on Friday, in a move that will ease strict travel restrictions.
The change, which takes effect on Sunday, comes after the Delta strain of Covid-19 became dominant in both Germany and South Africa, displacing the Beta strain originally found in the southern African nation.
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Only German nationals and those with permanent residency are currently able to travel to the country from virus variant areas, subject to quarantine.
The reclassification will make it possible for others to travel to Germany, subject to proof of vaccination or a negative test result.

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Jul 30, 2021 - Uncategorized    No Comments

Can I apply for a child grant if my partner isn`t South African?

*The short answer*
You can apply for the child /parent/child_7-12 support grant if your partner> is a refugee or permanent resident.
*The long answer*
If you are a South African citizen, or a refugee or a permanent resident, you can apply to SASSA for a child support grant. It is a means-tested grant, so SASSA will take into account both your own and your husband’s income. These are the SASSA rules:
* The primary caregiver must be a South African citizen, permanent resident or refugee,
* Both the applicant and the child must reside in South Africa,
* The applicant must be the primary caregiver of the child/children concerned,
* The child/children must have been born after 31 December 1993,
* The applicant and spouse must meet the requirements of the means test. (If you`re a single arent you must not earn more than R48,000 a year, or R4,000 a month. If you`re married then your combined income should not be above R96,000 a year, or R8,000 a month.),
* Applicants can not apply for more than six non-biological children,
* The child cannot be cared for in a state institution.
How to apply for the Child Support Grant:
You must complete a form at the SASSA office in the presence of a SASSA officer,
You will then be given a receipt once the application is complete. This receipt must be kept safe as it is your only proof of registration, Provide the birth certificate of the child, Provide identification documents of the caregiver, Once your grant is approved you will be paid from the date on which you applied,
You will be issued with a SASSA payment card and this card is used to access the money; however, you may request to receive the payments using alternative methods. Such as at banks including Postbank or other institutions.
When you come in to apply, you need to bring the following documents: Your South African identity document (ID), which must be bar-coded,
The child`s birth certificate, which must have an ID number, Your salary slip, bank statements for 3 months, or pension slips, and any other proof of income,
If you’re unemployed, your Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) card â€` `blue book` â€` or a discharge certificate from your previous employer,
Information that shows that you’re the child`s primary caregiver. If your application is refused, you can appeal. Usually, you can apply for the child support grant on a Wednesday and Thursday at the SASSA offices, but under the new lockdown conditions
this may have changed, and you should contact SASSA to find out, on their toll-free number on 0800 601 011 or 013 754 9428 / 54 from 8am to 4pm, Monday to Friday.
The fact that your husband is a foreigner should not affect your application for a child support grant, as long as your joint income is not more than R8,000 a month.
www.samigration.com

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