Round Two – Minister of the Department of Home Affairs Gazette New Immigration Regulations: A Closer Look at the Changes

On the 20th of May 2024, the Minister of Home Affairs, Dr. Aaron Motsoaledi (“the Minister”), Gazetted a new set of Immigration Regulations. The Department of Home Affairs (“DHA”) faced backlash after publishing the aforementioned regulations a day prior to the closing date for comments. This led to the Minister formally withdrawing the regulations on […]

108 Corporates Seek Trusted Employer Scheme Status: 65 Approved, Implementation Imminent

A significant milestone unfolds in the corporate realm as the Department of Home Affairs confirms that roughly 108 major corporations pursue trusted employer status, with 65 earning approval and poised for imminent implementation in the coming week.

Newsflash: Department of Home Affairs Approves First Companies for Trusted Employer Scheme

The Department of Home Affairs has given its seal of approval to the first set of companies to be part of the much-anticipated Trusted Employer Scheme. This significant milestone follows a rigorous evaluation process that saw numerous employers vying for a coveted spot in the program. The submission deadline for companies interested in the scheme […]

The Department of Home Affairs extends blanket concession until 30 June 2024

The recent decision (Directive) by the Department of Home Affairs (“DHA”) to further extend the blanket concession granted to long term visa holders was music to the ears of many. Today, 22 December 2023, the DHA released a new Directive stating that long-term visa holders in South Africa have been granted legal permission to remain […]

Constitutional Court Orders Sections of the Immigration Act, 2002 Unconstitutional: A Victory for Foreign National Parents

In a landmark decision, the Constitutional Court of South Africa (“Court”) has ruled that certain sections of the Immigration Act, 2002 (Act No. 13 of 2002) (“Act”), and regulations of the related Immigration Regulations (“Regulations”), pertaining to spouses of South African citizens or permanent residents whose spousal relationships have terminated, are unconstitutional.

Positive efforts made by the Minister as he extends ZEP and LEP permits for a further two years

Individuals holding either Zimbabwean Exemption Permits or Lesotho Exemption Permits can find reassurance in the recent media briefing and directive issued by the Department of Home Affairs Minister, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi.

Confusion: Backlog vs Scapegoat – Home Affairs Minister says Work Visas has no backlog?

Many are confused by the comments made by Dr Aaron Motsoaledi this week. The White paper published just Sunday, the 12th of November 2023 by the same Minister, confirms the staggering backlog of over 74,000 permits. Yet, it is reported that the Minister has now stated that there is no work permit crises and his […]

Reduced Visa Requirements: A Key Benefit of The Trusted Employer Scheme (TES) Pilot Launched By DHA

The Department of Home Affairs (DHA) has launched the re-packaging of the Corporate Accounts service with a Pilot Project for Trusted Employers.

Retire with wealth in South Africa

South Africa’s Retired Person’s visa program is among the topmost accessible visa regimes, offering one of the most affordable retirement visa options globally.  The defining attractions to the SA retirement visa are the absence of an age requirement, the option to work in certain circumstances, a swift adjudication time and the low-cost financial requirement of […]

Why all mobility professionals should attend Xpatweb’s Virtual Immigration Workshop

Navigating South Africa’s current immigration landscape can be complex and cumbersome, ensuring you are fully cognizant of the processes and procedures is paramount to a successful outcome.