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.
30 000 minors are trafficked through South African borders every year according to statistics released by Home Affairs, with 50% of these minors being under the age of 14 years. Therefore, under the new Law coming into effect on the 1st of June 2015, all minors under the age of 18 years will need to carry with them, in addition to their passport, an Unabridged Birth Certificate (stating both parents’ particulars) whenever entering or exiting South African ports of entry. Minors will not be allowed to travel without these documents...