The South African Government has recently published its long expected White Paper on International Migration which provides a policy framework for comprehensive review and overhaul of South Africa’s immigration system and the introduction of significant changes over the next two years. Amongst the most drastic of the proposed changes is the decision to replace permanent residency with a revisable – and revocable - long-term visa.
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.