South African Permanent Residence

South African Permanent Residence
South Africa encourages permanent residency if you are serious about staying in South Africa on a long terms permanent basis there are many categories you can apply under.
• Hold a General Work Visa for five years and have a permanent job offer.
• Hold a Relative’s Visa sponsored by an immediate family member.
• Hold a Critical Skills Visa and have 5 years relevant work experience.
• Be in a proven life partner relationship for five years
• Be married to an SA Spouse for at least five years.
• Have held Refugee Asylum Status for five years.
• Hold a Business Visa.
• Receive a monthly income of R37,000 through Pension or Retirement Annuity
• Have a net asset worth of R12m and payment to Home Affairs of R120,000
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Critical Skills Work Visa

Critical Skills Work Visa

The Critical Skills Visa South Africa is for skilled workers whose occupation is on the Critical Skills Visa List for South Africa. This list reflects the occupations that are in demand in South Africa.

The newly published “Skills or qualifications determined to be critical for the Republic of South Africa in relation to an application for a Critical Skills Visa or Permanent Residence Visa”

This category of work visa may be issued to an applicant who falls within a specific professional category or specific occupational class determined by the Minister by notice in the Government Gazette. This is done after consultation with the Minister of Labour and the Minister of Trade and Industry.

If an applicant falls within one of the professional categories listed on the critical skills list and also has the appropriate post qualification working experience in that profession then such applicant may qualify to apply for this category of work Visa.

The applicant also needs to where applicable register with the relevant South African professional accreditation body regulating that industry as stipulated by Minister of Home Affairs. Such body must also confirm the applicant’s skills, qualifications and working experience.

Furthermore, such applicant’s qualifications need to be evaluated relevant to a South African level. An applicant for a Critical Skills Visa may enter South Africa on such visa without having secured a job offer first. It is, however, required of the applicant to confirm employment with the Department of Home Affairs within a period of one (1) year upon arrival in South Africa, failing which, the Visa would automatically lapse.

The Critical Skills Work Visa is tied to an individual and not to an employer so under this Visa a person can leave from one employer to the next without obtaining a new work Visa.

South Africa Working Visas

South Africa Working Visas

South Africa seeks highly skilled individuals to live and work in SA.

SA Migration Services will provide professional assistance to arrange your work visa for you if you qualify.

Work Visas are regulated in terms of Section 19, Regulation 18 and items 18 (1), 19(2), 20, 21 and 22, of Schedule A.

There are three common types of Work Visas:

General Work Visa
Inter Company Transfer Visa
Critical Skills Visa

SA citizenship options

South African Citizen by Descent:

Anybody who was born outside of South Africa to a South African citizen. His or her birth has to be registered in line with the births and deaths registration act 51 of 1992.

South African Citizen by Naturalisation:

Permanent Resident holders of 5 or more years can apply for citizenship. Anybody married to a South African citizen qualifies for naturalisation, two years after receiving his or her permanent residence at the time of marriage.

A child under 21 who has permanent residence Visa qualifies for naturalization immediately after the Visa is issued.

Automatic loss of Citizenship.

This occurs when a South African citizen:

Obtains citizenship of another country by a voluntary and formal act, other than marriage, or;

Serves in the armed forces of another country, where he or she is also a citizen, while is at war with South Africa.

Deprivation of Citizenship:

A South African citizen by naturalization can be deprived of his citizenship if;

The certificate of naturalisation was obtained fraudulently or false information was supplied.

He or she holds the citizenship of another country and has, at any time, been sentenced to 12 months imprisonment in any country for an offence that also would have been an offence in South Africa.

Jan 1, 2021 - Citizenship, General    No Comments

SA Visa Citizenship – Citizenship Options

SA Visa

Citizenship

Citizenship Options

South African Citizen by Descent
South African Citizen by Naturalisation:
Automatic loss of Citizenship
Resumption of South African citizenship
Deprivation of Citizenship
South African Citizen by Naturalisation:
Automatic loss of Citizenship
Resumption of South African citizenship
Acquisition of the citizenship or nationality of another country

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Who is exempt from hotel quarantine after entering Australia?

Once you touch down in Australia, the Government does allow exemptions from hotel quarantine in some instances
The case of a 53-year-old Australian dual citizen and her son who were incorrectly allowed to travel to Victoria and avoid hotel quarantine after flying into Sydney has put the spotlight back on quarantine exemptions.
While police wrongly believed these two travellers had a valid exemption to avoid quarantine, the Australian Government does allow travellers exemption from hotel quarantine in some instances.
Here is a rundown on who can enter Australia by air or sea and be exempt from hotel quarantine for 14 days on arrival.
International transit
People arriving in Australia can leave on another international flight out of the country and can avoid hotel quarantine as long as they stay at the airport where they entered Australia and the next flight leaves within eight hours.
If the wait time for your next flight is from eight to 72 hours, travellers are required to go into mandatory quarantine.
You must stay in the quarantine facility until the time of your departing flight.
If you intend to spend more than 72 hours in Australia waiting for a connecting flight, the Department of Home Affairs says you are not considered to be transiting Australia and will need to request an exemption from travel restrictions.
Government officials and their dependents
Government officials and their dependents may quarantine at their home or private accommodation as long as they are returning to Australia from official government travel.
Once in Australia, these officials cannot travel on a domestic connecting flight within 14 days of arrival.
These officials must be travelling on an official or diplomat passport to qualify for this exemption.
However, Queensland does require consular employees to quarantine for 14 days in hotel quarantine or other government-organised quarantine.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk banned diplomatic and consular staff returning to the state from overseas in August after a Government contractor entered Queensland on an consular exemption tested positive for coronavirus.
Foreign diplomats
Similarly, foreign diplomats can quarantine for 14 days at their mission or usual place of residence.
This is in line with Australia’s legal obligations under the Vienna Convention to ensure foreign diplomats freedom of movement and travel and protection from detention.
Compassionate or medical exemption
Applications for exemptions on compassionate or medical grounds are taken on a case-by-case basis by states and territories.
The Department of Health says travellers seeking a hotel quarantine exemption need to apply with the relevant state or territory “well before” they travel to Australia.
If you need to travel through multiple states or territories within the quarantine period an exemption must be granted from each of these states or territories.
Aviation crew
Australian air crew arriving in Australia after working on an international flight are exempt from hotel quarantine.
They are required to self-isolate at their home or hotel until their next international flight departs, or for 14 days — whichever is shorter.
These exemptions also apply to medevac and air ambulance crew.
But these exemptions do not apply to Australian air crew arriving internationally as passengers.
Similarly, foreign air crew are not required to enter hotel quarantine but must self-isolate at their hotel until their next flight and use privately organised transport to travel to and from their hotel.
Foreign air crew may fly domestically to their next point of departure from Australia if necessary.
Flight crew of domestic flights are subject to the same quarantine restrictions as the general public.
Maritime crew
Maritime crew are exempt from hotel quarantine, but the conditions of their exemption is a little trickier.
Maritime crew are required to self-isolate for 14-days after leaving their last international port of call. This means that maritime crew can spend their entire self isolation period at sea prior to arriving in Australia as long as no illnesses have been reported on board during that time.
Therefore, maritime crew who have spent longer than 14 days at sea on a commercial vessel, with no illness reported on board, do not need to self-isolate on arrival in Australia.
If maritime crew arrive in Australia within 14 days, they are required to self-isolate at their home for the remainder of the period.
Support staff on maritime vessels, such as livestock handlers and veterinarians, are also considered maritime crew and are subject to the same exemptions.
But these exemptions do not apply to cruise ships.
Also, international maritime crew flying into Australia to join a vessel are not required to undertake hotel quarantine but they must proceed directly to the vessel or self-isolate in their accommodation.
They may travel domestically to reach their vessel, but must self-isolate in their own accommodation during any layover time.
Offshore oil and gas workers
Workers on offshore gas and oil operations are also exempt from hotel quarantine, under the same exemptions as apply to maritime crew.
Travellers from a Safe Travel Zone
The Department of Health website says that travellers arriving in Australia from a Safe Travel Zone country do not need to quarantine as long as they have not been in any other country in the previous 14 days.
Currently this exemption applies to travellers from New Zealand, as New Zealand is the sole country to be designated by Australia as a Safe Travel Zone country so far.
Once you touch down in Australia from New Zealand, you may still be required to undergo health screening.
But in the Safe Travel Zone you will not come into contact with passengers from other countries.
However, according to the Department of Home Affairs, quarantine-free travel from New Zealand is currently only available to NSW, the ACT, NT and Victoria.
If you arrive into any other state you will still be subject to mandatory quarantine.
Once in Australia, travellers are subject to the same social distancing and health guidelines that Australian residents are.
www.samigration.com

Cyber crime losses exceed $1 trillion: McAfee

Cyber crime costs the global economy over $1 trillion, or just more than 1% of global GDP, a figure which is up more than 50% from a 2018 study that put global losses at close to $600 billion.
This was revealed by a new report by McAfee dubbed “The Hidden Costs of Cybercrime,” which examines the financial and unseen impacts that cyber crime has around the world. The report, conducted in partnership with the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), was compiled from interviews of 1 500 IT and line of business decision makers.
The report explored the damage reported beyond financial losses, finding 92% of companies felt effects beyond monetary losses.
A wider attack surface
Steve Grobman, SVP and CTO at McAfee, says the severity and frequency of cyber attacks on organisations increases as adversaries hone their techniques, new technologies widen the attack surface, and work expands into home and remote environments.
“While industry and government are aware of the financial and national security implications of cyber attacks, unplanned downtime, the cost of investigating breaches and disruption to productivity represent less appreciated high impact costs,” he says.
In SA, organisations had to scramble to establish work-from-home infrastructure for their staff to ensure business continuity through the COVID-19 lockdown, but compared to more developed markets, few company’s security infrastructure was up to the job for this shift,” adds Carlo Bolzonello, country manager for McAfee SA.
“While many managed the shift, they were unwittingly vulnerable to security breaches, whether they were accidental data leaks, private data being maliciously shared by disgruntled employees, or targeted hacks from global crime syndicates. Organisations equipped with a cloud-based advanced threat management solution that offers complete coverage across the attack lifecycle, would have had the ability to prioritise and protect what matters, easily and efficiently,” he adds.
Hidden costs
The report also scrutinised the hidden costs and the lasting impact and damage cyber crime can have on a business, including system downtime, which is a common hazard for around two thirds of respondents’ organisations.
The average cost to organisations from their longest amount of downtime in 2019 was $762 231, and a third of respondents stated IT security incident resulting in system downtime cost them between $100 000 and $500 000.
Another hidden cost emerged as reduced efficiency, as system downtime saw organisations losing, on average, nine working hours a week leading to reduced efficiency. The average interruption to operations was 18 hours.
Then there’s incident response cost. The report highlighted that it took an average of 19 hours for most businesses to move from the discovery of an incident to remediation.
Finally, the report looked at brand and reputation damage and found that the cost of rehabilitating the external image of the brand, working with outside consultancies to mitigate brand damage, or hiring new employees to prevent future incidents is another cost, with 26% saying they had suffered brand damage from the downtime experienced due to an incident.
Ill prepared
Unfortunately, the report also uncovered a lack of organisation-wide understanding of cyber risk, which makes businesses vulnerable to sophisticated social engineering tactics and, once a user is hacked, not recognising the problem in time to stop the spread.
According to the report, 56% of the participants admitted to not having a plan to either prevent or respond to a cyber incident. Out of the 951 organisations that actually had a response plan, only 32% believed the plan was effective.
www.vsoftsystems.co.za

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