Black Pen Immigration helps foreigners that come into South Africa with the hopes of starting their businesses or working in major companies with different types of visa's.
The biggest contributor to a successful or difficult immigration to South Africa is having a team of immigration lawyers who are able to offer exceptional immigration services at your side, backed by a wealth of global experience and a dedication to keeping open and honest communication at the forefront of every application required by clients.
BUSINESS PROCESSES FOR RECTIFICATIONS, TRANSFERS AND APPEALS (REVISED – JAN 2017)
The following administration process applies to transfers and rectifications of visa issued by the Department of Home affairs. It only applies to valid visas in lost, damaged or stolen passport.
It is not applicable to expired passport
The department of Home Affairs will only accept requests for rectifications in the following instances:
Approved: Visa labels
Names: Where the names of the applicant are incorrectly spelled or are not captured as indicates by the applicant on their application form
Visa category: Where the visa category is incorrectly captured and is not the same as the one applied for by the applicant. The visa label will only be corrected if VFS can confirm and prove theat the category as per the checklist on the pdf is correct and the category on the vusa label is incorrect.
Reference Nr.: Where the application reference number on the visa label is icorrect and does not correspond with the reference number allocates to the applicant on their original visa application form.
Dates: Where the issue date and the expiry date do not correspond, for instance where the validity period of the vsa is issued for a period longer than the period prescribed for the category applied for. Eg, a visitor's visa issued for 4 years.
Visa conditions: Where the conditions of a visa are incorrect. For example; where the applicant applied for a work visa which is granted, but has the incorrect name of the employer or the position.
Visa conditions – Secondary activities: Where the conditions on the visa were supposed to have more than one activity. For example; „to continue employment with ABSA bank as a general manager while studying with WITS university“.
The Department will accept a rectification if the visa was issued as „to continue employment with ABSA bank as a general manager“ and the applicant requests that the correct secondary activity of study be added.
Note: This will only be done if in the original application this was the full purpose of the application. This rectification does not apply to applicants who wish to add a secondary activity later after receiving the visa.
This service (Rectification) is free of charge. No DHA/VFS fee payable.
The department of Home affairs will only accept requests for visa transfers in the following instances:
Where the applicant wishes to transfer a temporary residence permit (Issued before June 2014) or temporary residence visa (Issued after June 2014) for ay of the following reasons:
- A valid visa in a lost/stolen passport
- A valid visa in a damaged passport
- Avalid visa in a full passport (no sufficient pages) – VFS must verify this claim at the time of submission of application at VFC.
- The department will re-issue a new visa label with the same expiry date of the visa label in the lost/stolen/damaged passport.
- The department will not transfer/rectify any visa label which has less than 60 days before it expires.
- No new (additional) days/expiry dates will be given to the applicant.
- The only new information on the new visa label will be the new VFS rectification/transfer reference number, the new passport number and the issue date.
- The visa conditions will remain the same.
- The application must have a written confirmation from the Department of Home Affairs regarding the validity of their visa & (where possible) the copy of the visa to be transferred. NO screen dumps from MCS or Track & Trace obtained from DHA Regional Offices or Head Office will be accepted as a proof of validity.
- No visa transfer will be made from an expired passport to a new passport, regardless of the expiry date of that visa label
The applicant will have to make a new visa transfer (TRT) application at VFS. This service (Visa Transfer) is NOT free of charge. There is no DHA fee but the VFS fee is payable.
GUIDELINES TO THE APPLICANT (NOTE 1)
- If you wish to rectify/transfer a visa issued at a South African High Commission (abroad) after 2014.
- If you wish to rectify/transfer a visa issued at a Regional Office of Home Affairs prior to June 2014.
- The applicant must send an email to DHA requesting a confirmation of the authenticity and validity of their visa to be transferred/rectified. A copy of the visa (if available) and the passport details (of the passport which originally had the visa label that must be transferred) must be part of the email.
- Once written confirmation has been received from DHA, the applicant must complete the transfers and rectification form available on the VFS website (www.vfsglobal.com/dha/southafrica).
- The applicant must submit the copy of the written confirmation letter together with VFS Checklist attaching any other document required (such a an affidavit issued at a South African Police Services detailing the reasons for the request).
- If the written confirmation from DHA is positive, a new visa label with the same expiry date as the lost/damaged/stolen visa will be issued to the new passport. The visa transfer/rectification process should not be used to extend any visa or legal status of the applicant or change the visa category or conditions.
Due to the different time zones and operating hours, it may take longer to verify a visa that issued abroad. Applicants can expect a slightly longer response from DHA.
GUIDELINES TO THE APPLICANT (NOTE 2)
- If you wish to rectify/transfer a cisa issued through VFS (in South Africa) after June 2014.
- The applicant must submit a transfer/rectification application directly online and comply with the VFS transfers/rectification checklist. (NB: For visas issued via VFS there is no need to request verification from DHA)
- On the day of submission, the manager st the VFS centre of application will prepare a written confirmation and certify that the visa label being transferred/rectified was issue and collected via VFS.
- The written confirmation from VFS must accompany the VFS Checklist together with any other document required (such as an afficavit issued at a South African Police Services detailing the reasons for the request).
- If the application is approved, a new visa label with the same expiry date as the lost/damaged/stolen visa will be issued to the new passort. The visa transfer/rectification process should not be issued to the new passport. The visa transfer/rectification process schould not be used to extend any visa or legal status of the applicant or change the visa category (except where it is clear that the error was made by the Department).
Please note: The Department will not re-issue any visa labels through VFS for holders of Quota Work Permits as this category has been abolished. The Visa Adjudication System of DHA is not enabled to print visas for Quota Permits. Holders of such are advised to apply for any of the new category of visas that they qualify for or contact the call entre of the Department for advice.
Section 8 of The Immigration Act stipulates that an applicant aggrieved by a decision issued by the Department may, within 10 working days from receipt of the Rejection Letter make an application in the prescribed manner to the Director-General for the review or appeal that decision.
In terms of procedure a negative decision already issued by the Department can only be reviewed by following the Appeal process. N o requests for a review of any negative decision will be accepted if it is not submitted as an Appeal. All requests for review of a decision as a result of:
- Mistakes perceived to have been made by the adjudicator
- Where the applicant believes that they have been rejected on a wrong category
- Rejection reasons considered to be wrong by the applicant
- Where the adjudicator claims that one or more supporting documents were not in the application but the applicant insists that the documents were attached
- Any other negative reason not mentioned above
Where there are spelling/typing or material errors in the rejection letter related to the reference number, visa category and names of the applicant, the VFS manager should send an email to the relevant manager at DHA for correction. There is no rectification of the desisions contained in the rejection letter.
„VALID“ VISA IN AN EXPIRED PASSPORT
Immigration Regulation 2(3) states that „The period of validity of a passport contemplated in section 9(4)(a) of the Act shall not be less than 30 days after the foreigner's intended date od departure from the Republic“.
A temporary residence visa should not be issued for any validity period that exceeds the expiry date of a passport. A visa issued beyond the expiry date of a passport. A visa issued beyond the expiry date of a passport shall immediately lapse on the same date that the passport expires and will not be transferred to a new passport.
A visa issued with an expiry date beyond that of a passport is considered to have been issued in error and when discovered shall be withdrawn. In terms of section 48 of the immigration Act 2002, as amened, no illegal foreigner shall be exempt from the provision of this Act or be allowed to sojourn in the Republic on the grounds that „he or she was admitted or allowed to remain in the Republic through error“ or misrepresentation or because his or her being an illegal foreigner was undiscovered.
Falling foul of immigration laws carries severe penalties, ranging from imprisonment to deportation and South Africa is no different in this respect than any other country in the world. In fact, because South Africa is still a fledgling democracy learning to spread its wings, South African Immigration Laws and Regulations are often in a flux, which often leads to a lot of confusion on the part of those wanting to visit or immigrate to this popular destination.
The South African Government has also become a lot more selective about those they allow to make their home in a country that is still considered a land of opportunity for many wishing to settle here, making the immigration process a lot more difficult than it ever was in the past.
Black Pen Immigration is made up of a team of German and South African lawyers who place their extensive experience and knowledge of South African Immigration Laws at the disposal of all visitors in order to expedite the entire process of applying for visas to visit, work, study, start a business or settle in South Africa.
Exhausting and frustrating issues with red tape and grey areas are taken out of your hands and handled by the professionals at Black Pen Immigration, who provide the kind of legal expertise and support that only a team of immigration experts with global experience are able to offer.
If you are not up to date with the latest changes to the South African Immigration Laws it is easy to unwittingly contravene immigration laws, but as many happy visitors to South Africa will testify, Black Pen Immigration is a team fully committed to staying up to date with the latest developments, ensuring that every client who arrives in South Africa will be doing so safely within the legal parameters of South African immigration laws.
Whatever your motivation is to visit South Africa, Black Pen Immigration is a team you can rely on to maintain transparent and open communication throughout the immigration process, relieving you of the burden that immigration red tape can place on you.
Sound immigration solutions based on realistic expectations to assist individuals, multinational enterprises and corporate clients with the most up to date business immigration guidance is the foundation of the ongoing success that Black Pen Immigration has experienced in disseminating South African immigration laws and regulations to bring clarity to their clients.
The South African Immigration Act is complex as it is, but add to this the differing interpretations and insufficient reliable information that is often tacked on to make the immigration process even more frustrating and you have a world of confusion. Taking on a partner like Black Pen Immigration that can provide the support of extensive legal experience on a global scale is the best step you could possibly take towards a smooth immigration process, knowing that you have a team that has the expertise to align your visas with your intentions for entering South Africa.
The German and South African lawyers at Black Pen Immigration have earned an excellent reputation for using their legal expertise to maintain open lines of communication as they guide you through complex amendments and regulations that if missed, can lead to unnecessary complications with your immigration application.
The immigration experts at Black Pen Immigration make it easy for you to understand which options are available to you regarding visas, work permits and temporary residence visas in South Africa, providing you with all the information necessary for you to be able to make informed decisions during the immigration process.
Many multinational companies based in South Africa who employ foreign language staff trust Black Pen Immigration to provide support as a third party to streamline the ongoing immigration processes. From volunteer visas to critical skills or intra company visas, Black Pen Immigration is in the position to offer sound immigration advice and solutions to match your requirements based on their extensive South African immigration expertise.
Immigration to South Africa does not need to become a web of confusion to get caught in when you have a team of immigration specialists like Black Pen Immigration on your side.
Black Pen Immigration is proud to have partnered with many multinationals that have come to rely on the legal expertise of this team of immigration specialists to facilitate intra-company visas and permits that are required to bring essential management staff into South Africa. Global immigration experience puts Black Pen Immigration on a firm footing with international companies who have chosen this team as their third party partner in immigration to South Africa.
You can have absolute confidence that this team of German and South African lawyers will cut through any red tape and misinformation that stands in your way of applying for the right visa or work permit to enter into South Africa, applying their global immigration experience to ensuring that you remain within the legal guidelines as set out in the South African Immigration Act.
All that the team at Black Pen Immigration require from you to get the immigration process started is to gather all the relevant information pertaining to your motivation in applying for a visa, whether it is to work, visit or apply for permanent residency, consulting with you in an open and transparent way to guide you through the immigration process, leaving you to focus on other key areas to do with your immigration or visit.
Black Pen Immigration has built a firm foundation based on excellent feedback from clients around the world and the recommendations that they have made to others due to the exceptional standard of service delivered by a team who are known for their honesty and integrity when dealing with immigration issues.
These are the values that have made Black Pen Immigration the recommended immigration company of the German Consulate General in Cape Town, as well as a proud member of the Southern Africa-German Chamber of Commerce, firmly committed to maintaining the highest standard of service to those wishing to visit, work or immigrate to South Africa.
No matter what immigration hurdles you may be facing, Black Pen Immigration will remove all obstacles in the way of your immigration to South Africa.
The highly experienced immigration specialists at Black Pen Immigration are on hand to assist visitors to South Africa with reliable and relevant information to ensure that you will have the required visa to suit the purposes of your visit, whether it is as a skilled foreigner, an intra-company transfer or student exchange. There are specific visas that apply to various motivations for wanting to work or settle in South Africa and it is essential to have a team of professionals who offer honest and transparent communication to smooth the way through your visa applications.
Black Pen Immigration has a team of South African and German lawyers who are experienced immigration specialists dedicated to ensuring that your visa will be strictly in line with South African Immigration Laws and Regulations, keeping you informed and up to date with any changes to these laws as they occur.
It is essential to make sure that you adhere to the strict guidelines that apply to each specific visa, especially to avoid ending up with an incorrect work visa, which if overlooked will result in repercussions such as having restrictions applied should you wish to apply for permanent residence or change your immigration status in any way.
Applying a high level of expertise, Black Pen Immigration cuts through all the challenges that often affect your ability to find the right information to ascertain which visa would best suit your plans, allowing you to enter South Africa with confidence knowing that the necessary criteria for your visa is well within the legal parameters of South African Immigration Law.
South Africa is developing at a rapid pace as a result of a solid infrastructure that is already in place making it a highly attractive business destination, and with an international team of immigration lawyers on hand who have global experience and a firm commitment to the local economic growth, immigration to South Africa has become as uncomplicated as possible.
Black Pen Immigration is a team of South African and German Immigration lawyers who apply their extensive knowledge to expedite immigration to South Africa for individuals and multinationals who wish to turn to immigration experts they can rely on to provide the very best in guidance, friendly support and advice on how to avoid becoming entangled in frustrating red tape.
Combined with commercial acumen of the highest level, our German and South African Lawyers consult on a global basis, using an invaluable skill set in order to assist our international clients to navigate the complex world of immigration to South Africa, specifically due to the tightening up on South African laws and regulations.
The immigration laws have changed a lot since the days when just anyone could enter the country, especially with the economic growth the country has experience in recent years, as well as tightening up these laws in an effort to keep undesirables out of this beautiful country that offers great opportunities for all who choose to remain within the legal parameters of the south African Immigration Act.
Recognised by the German Consulate in Cape Town as the recommended immigration specialists, our team at Black Pen Immigration work hard to maintain a consistently transparent and open line of communication with each of our clients, always ensuring that you will be provided with the most relevant and up to date information in regard to the specifics pertaining to your immigration requirements.
Your immigration and visa application will depend on what the motivations of your visit will be, whether it is an inter-company transfer, employment offered by a South African based company seeking foreign nationals to provide special skills, to those wanting to retire to or start a business in South Africa.
Please contact our team at Black Pen Immigration if you are planning to immigrate to South Africa, you will not find a more reliable, trustworthy or knowledgeable team to guide you successfully through the entire process, from start to finish.
The team of legal immigration experts at Black Pen Immigration are here to assist clients on a short or long term, as well as to create long term relationships with corporate and multinational companies from around the globe based on an expert knowledge of the South African Immigration Laws.
If you would like to avoid turning immigration to South Africa into a frustrating, ongoing battle that can sometimes go on endlessly, the team of legal immigration experts from Black Pen Immigration are here to remove all the obstacles that can make immigration to South Africa an utterly stressful experience.
Our team of experts are all qualified immigration lawyers who consist ofa group of German and South African lawyers, providing many years worth of global experience to our clients, backed up by an equally expert support team who are committed to created a streamlined service that can be relied upon to deliver trusted and transparent immigration advice.
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Whether you are struggling with processes related to immigration to South Africa in all its forms, right through to visa extensions where necessary, you can rely on our friendly team to guide you through every step, ensuring that you understand exactly where we are in the process as it develops.
Visa Facilitation Services worldwide are always impressed with the quality of the applications we have prepared for clients, and our many satisfied clients are a testimony to the high level of immigration services that our team provides on all levels.
Our team of legal experts are here to assist clients on a short or long term, as well as to create long term relationships with corporate and multinational companies from around the globe, always focussed on providing sound solutions to meet the individual needs of each client who becomes a member of the Black Pen Immigration family. We invite you to visit our website to view our services and the many recommendations from satisfied clients, or call our friendly team of experts to expedite your immigration process to South Africa.
Many of the clients who have approached Black Pen Immigration have been let down by other immigration agencies before approaching our team of legal experts, and we are very proud of the fantastic feedback and recommendations we have received once they have experienced the service provided by our team, creating a firm foundation of success that we continue to build upon based on a high level of honesty and integrity.
Not only is our team made up of German and South African immigration lawyers who have had many years worth of global experience in assisting individuals as well as multinational companies to smooth the immigration process, we are also the recommended immigration company according to the German Consulate General in Cape Town.
Black Pen Immigration is also proud to be a member of Southern Africa – German Chamber of Commerce and Industry, making us an exceptional team of professionals who are committed to maintaining a high standard of immigration advice that is communicated in an open and transparent manner with each of our clients based on their individual needs.
We are here to manage the administrative issues with regard to any exceptional skills permits, or any other permits and visas that are required by companies in South Africa needing to employ foreign speaking staff, and to do so with an efficiency and attention to detail that will not leave you confused or in the dark about specific requirements with regard to the South African Immigration Laws and regulations.
The team at Black Pen provides expert advice, friendly service while maintaining a consistently open line of communication with our clients, in order to keep each client apprised of the progress of their visa and immigration applications, taking all the stress and red tape out of the process, as well as clearing up any confusion that generally surrounds immigration to South Africa.
Please contact the legal immigration experts at Black Pen Immigration if you would like to ensure that you will have a team that you can rely on to support you and advise you on all aspects of the latest immigration laws and processes, in order to enable you to make well informed decisions based on solid advice.
Having completed her law studies in Tübingen and Bonn-Germany and gaining experience as a German attorney working for the Federal Financial Supervisory Authority, as well as adding her Master of Laws (LL.M) at the University of Stellenbosch thereafter, CEO of Black Pen Immigration Nora Dawud gathered together a top team of South African and German lawyers to form the powerful backbone of Black Pen Immigration.
As a member of the German Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Southern Africa, in addition to being listed as the recommended immigration company in South Africa by the German Consulate General in Cape Town, our team is one you can rely on completely to change the face of immigration to South Africa for you, relieving you of what could be a mass of red tape that could drown you in the immigration process for a long time.
Our team understands full well how disheartening it can be to take on the challenge of immigration to South Africa, no matter what your motivations for immigration may be, as well as being fully aware of unscrupulous practitioners who would lead you down a never-ending path to nowhere, leaving you empty handed and leading you right back where you were when you started.
We offer a sincere, transparent and open line of communication designed to keep you fully informed throughout each stage of the immigration process, taking the administrative stress out of your hands, so that from your first contact with our team, right through to the day you finally receive the visa specific to your visit to South Africa, you will know that you are in the hands of professionals who are fully committed to the role we play in making immigration to South Africa a smooth process.
Let our team assist you with breaking down the walls of confusion that are often created by constant changes to South African Immigration Laws and regulations, we are experts at clearing the stumbling blocks in the way of immigration to South Africa.
Black Pen Immigration was established to effectively assist a wide range of clients, from individuals to corporate clients, multinational enterprises as well as business immigration solutions, and to provide sound solutions delivered upon realistic expectations, based on our solid understanding of the ever changing South African Immigration laws and regulations.
With an educated and experienced background in law, our team of South African and German lawyers at Black Pen Immigration are exceptionally well equipped to make your experience in finding the right solution for your immigration needs, as well as the relevant visas and permits that will be required in a consistently honest and transparent manner.
There is no doubt that immigration regulations are complex when it comes to the r various amendments to the South African Immigration Act, which can turn into a daunting and harrowing experience that could lead to incurring unnecessary costs and frustration. The complexities and differing interpretations of the Immigration Act, or insufficient information often lead to confusion and delays in the process.
It is for this purpose that our experienced international Immigration lawyers that make up the highly experienced team at Black Pen Immigration have teamed up to assist a wide range of clients with all aspects of inbound immigration, creating a partnership in immigration that you can trust and rely on to deliver the perfect solutions to suit your individual and commercial needs.
With the combination of global experience and knowledge combined with commercial acumen, our experienced international Immigration lawyers will assist you to navigate the complexities of South African Immigration laws and regulations with ease. Our team is committed to keeping a finger on the pulse of complex global changes and up to date restrictions in order to ensure that you will be offered far more than a simple outline of options with which to navigate possible immigration nightmares.
Our experienced team will assist you with temporary visas, volunteer visas, corporate and general work visas, as well as critical skills and intra company visas. We will partner with you to make informed decisions on which of the various visas will allow you to apply for permanent immigration to South Africa. We invite you to view our various questionnaires on our website to view which visa options you would qualify for, or to contact our team with your enquiries so that we may assist you with making your South African immigration and visa requirements a far less daunting experience.
The biggest contributor to a successful or difficult immigration to South Africa is having a team of immigration lawyers who are able to offer exceptional immigration services at your side, backed by a wealth of global experience and a dedication to keeping open and honest communication at the forefront of every application required by clients.
From a global perspective, Black Pen Immigration has an infinitely qualified team of South African and German lawyers who are dedicated to meeting your immigration requirements from an informed, experienced and educated background in South African immigration laws.
Our team at Black Pen Immigration are committed to assisting you through the ever changing South African immigration laws and regulations in the most direct and transparent way possible in order to make the entire process of obtaining visas and permits so much simpler and straightforward.
With the constantly shifting changes and amendments to the South African Immigration act in order to meet global trends and demands, the team at Black Pen are fully equipped to ensure that you do not get caught in a cycle of frustrating loopholes or having to jump through hoops that end up costing more just to find the correct place from which to start fulfilling your immigration needs.
Black Ink will assist you through the entire process of obtaining the necessary visas and work permits that pertain to your visit, as well as offering sound, honest advice and guidance on everything you need to start the process of immigrating to South Africa permanently.
Depending on the basis on which you plan to visit South Africa, Black Ink offers advice and services with transparent communication that will provide you with the relevant information for your specific visa and work permit.
If you are intending to relocate to South Africa, you will first need to qualify for a temporary residence visa, and in order to establish exactly which temporary residence visa you need to apply for it is essential that you outline your intentions for your application, as well as that of your family if applicable.
The South African Immigration Act encompasses the intention to work, retire or study, join a spouse or life partner as well as to reside with a relative, the intention to operate your own business as well as to visit South Africa on holiday. In order to know which of these categories will be applicable to you, you will need to have a specific intention in order to find out which category of visa you would qualify for. These same requirements and intentions will apply to any family members as well.
Our team of experts at Black Pen will assist you to make the process of establishing which visa and permit you would qualify for once we understand your specific intentions. We invite you to visit our website for comprehensive information on the various visas you may require and qualify for, or alternatively contact our team for expert guidance and advice.
With an ethos based on consistently delivering honest and informed South African immigration solutions through the use of a comprehensive understanding of our client’s needs, Black Pen’s Legal Immigration Consultancy has developed an outstanding reputation for being the partner of choice to assist you with the most up to date information on the South African Immigration Act and all regulations pertaining to the Act.
Depending on your intentions when applying for a South African visa or work permit, Black Pen is able to offer all the information you would need to make an informed decision on which type of visa or permit you will require.
In order to relocate to South Africa you would need to qualify for a temporary residence visa, and this alone is can easily become a quagmire of confusion and delays exacerbated by many incorrect interpretations of the South African Immigration Act, which ultimately also lead to unnecessary costs added to a high level of frustration. Our goal at Black Ink is to eliminate all of these issues using our global legal immigration experience at the highest level.
If you would like to join thousands of people who come to South Africa as volunteers you will need to apply for a volunteer’s visa, which is issued for up to 3 years to those involved in confirmed non-remunerative charitable or voluntary activities through bona fide non-profit, religious or charitable organisations in South Africa.
South African based companies may apply for a Corporate visa which is necessary if they require the services of a large number of foreign employees, whether for long term or limited term projects. The Corporate visa allows a South African company to manage its human resource needs in a more practical and cost effective manner, making it a highly beneficial type of visa for corporations.
Along with the abovementioned visas, Black Pen Immigration will assist you in matching your intentions to the correct visa required, whether you are applying for a General Work Visa, Critical Skills Visa, Intra Company Work Visa or Short Term Authorisation Visa (Business Visa).
The South African and German Immigration legal team will assess your visa requirements based on your intentions in order to assist you in making the entire process easier for you, based on the sound, global experience that the team has consistently maintained at the highest level possible in the industry.
In a very comprehensive judgment handed down today in the High Court of South Africa , Western Cape Division, Immigration Directive 21 of 2015 barring Refugees and Asylum seekers form applying for a change of status to any Visa or Permit in terms of the Immigration Act has been declared to be inconsistent with the Constitution of the Republic and invalid and set aside.
Following a recent ruling by the North Gauteng High Court, the Department of Home Affairs has just extended eligibility for a port of entry visa in terms of section 11(1) to foreign truck drivers who are employed by South African employers.
Following a new Immigration Directive released recently, foreigners are no longer required to submit a South African police clearance certificate in order to extend or renew their visas in South Africa.
Foreign students will soon be allowed to apply for permanent residence once they have graduated from a South African university, Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba said on the 22nd of April.
Introducing his budget vote debate in an extended public committee of the National Assembly, Mr Gigaba said international students constituted a key segment that is prioritised by governments globally, because of the economic and social benefits they offer host countries in terms of adding to the skills base, and contributing positively to society more broadly.
"The first of these initiatives, to be formally launched in the coming weeks, is a special exemption to allow graduate international students in critical skills areas to qualify for permanent residence permits upon graduation.
"This measure is to ensure that SA benefits from all of the skills produced by its universities, and to make it easier for international students who want to work or start business in SA after graduation to do so," Mr Gigaba said.
He explained that in terms of the new white paper being developed, issues of the integration of immigrants in South African society will receive prominent attention.
Mr Gigaba also said that steady progress was being made in modernising and digitising the Department of Home Affairs in order to transfer service delivery concerns from the client to the department.
"The live capture system, which supports the Smart ID Card and the passport, offers South Africans a glimpse into the future of Home Affairs.
"In this regard, we have issued 4.1-million smart ID cards to date and have met our target of 2.2-million smart ID cards issued last year. We aim to issue another 2.2-million cards this year," Mr Gigaba said.
SOURCE: Business Day Live