Understanding SA’s new immigration laws
The South African Department of Home Affairs has implemented new immigration laws that have far reaching implications for multinational companies and their employees needing to live and work in South Africa.
Chief Executive of Elliott Mobility Relocation Services, Corallie Pringle says, “The Immigration Amendment Act No. 13 brings into effect new regulations that are intended to bring South African Immigration law up to the standard of other modern societies and offer South African’s additional safety and job protection whilst balancing the need for foreign investment and growth of the nation”
Some of these changes will benefit multinational corporations transferring much-needed skills to support their business, while other amendments will likely result in some delays and red tape until they are better understood and implemented.
“While these amendments have been long-anticipated, their sudden implementation poses some concerns,” says Pringle “It is probable that missions abroad and regional Home Affairs offices in SA have not been fully prepared for the rollout. This may result in processing delays and the re-evaluation of current applications.”
Business as usual
According to Pringle, while some amendments may be challenged as being unconstitutional, those changes are likely to only impact on individuals rather than businesses.
“Notwithstanding some anticipated delays, we believe it will be business as usual and applications will continue to be processed and approved,” says Pringle.
Should you or your company have any questions or concerns regarding the new laws, the Elliott Mobility team is readily available to provide professional advice.
“We are well-versed in all the new requirements and regulations and will continue to offer smooth and seamless immigration services to all of our clients,” concludes Pringle.
What you need to know
As a leader in immigration and relocation services, Elliott Mobility’s team of specialists have compiled a comprehensive guide covering all the available information from the South African Department of Home Affairs in an effort to provide an overview of all of the changes and their implications for businesses and employees.
Click on a visa or permit category below to see exactly what’s changed and how Elliott Mobility can assist:
Spousal Visas in respect of foreign nationals married to or in a permanent cohabitative relationship with a South African citizen or resident will now have to prove, that the relationship has been in existence or the marriage is older than 2 years. Proof would have to be by way of either Marriage or Civil Union certificate or a Notarial Deed of Cohabitation.