Preliminary Critical Skills List Now Available

NEWS | PRELIMINARY CRITICAL SKILLS LIST NOW AVAILABLE

The Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) has submitted its preliminary Critical Skills List to the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) for review.

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NEWS | SOUTH AFRICA MUST BE COGNISANT ATTRACTING SKILLS HAPPENS AGAINST BACKDROP OF GLOBAL DEMAND

While South Africa is seeking critically skilled individuals, recent reports have shown that the number of South Africans seeking opportunities abroad has increased significantly over the past five to ten years owing to concerns about South Africa’s low economic growth, independent immigration services provider Xpatweb director Marisa Jacobs tells Engineering News.

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NEWS | SOUTH AFRICA’S MOST SOUGHT AFTER SKILLS

At a media briefing held on 26 November, the Minister of Higher Education, Dr. Blade Nzimande, formally published the Government Gazette containing the highly anticipated 2020 National List of Occupations in High Demand (OIHD).

NEWS | MAURITIUS OFFERS NEW PREMIUM LONG-STAY VISA FOR FREE

On top of favorable personal tax rates and newly relaxed emigration requirements, the Mauritian Government has made moving to the country even more appealing with a new Premium Long-Stay Visa programme.

10-Year UAE Golden Visa At Hand For Foreign Nationals With Scarce Skills

NEWS | 10-YEAR UAE GOLDEN VISA AT HAND FOR FOREIGN NATIONALS WITH SCARCE SKILLS

The United Arab Emirates (UAE), spearheaded by Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, have opened their Golden Card Permanent Residency Scheme to not just foreign investors, but also certain types of students and professionals.

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NEWS | UAE WIDENS 10-YEAR RESIDENCY ‘GOLDEN’ VISA ELIGIBILITY

The United Arab Emirates will extend its “golden” visa system – which grants 10-year residency in the Gulf state – to certain professionals, specialised degree-holders and others, the UAE’s vice president said on Sunday.

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NEWS | SOUTH AFRICAN GOVERNMENT ISSUED CERTIFICATES 101: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

The protracted lockdown in South Africa resulted in the Department of Home Affairs (“DHA”) offering limited emergency services. South African citizens and permanent residents seeking Civic Services such as unabridged birth and marriage certificates were left frustrated as existing applications were indefinitely delayed.

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NEWS | MKHIZE CLEARS UP SOUTH AFRICA’S CURRENT TRAVEL AND QUARANTINE RULES

Health minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has provided answers on some of the government’s key level 1 lockdown regulations. Responding in a written parliamentary Q&A to the Democratic Alliance, Mkhize detailed the rules in place for travellers who are arriving from other countries and those South African who cannot self-quarantine at home.

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NEWS | VISA EXTENSIONS FOR INTRA-COMPANY WORK VISA HOLDERS IN SOUTH AFRICA

Visas Expiring During Covid-19 in SA Xpatweb conducted a survey during the peak of COVID-19 Restrictions in South Africa. The Work Visa Risk Impact survey gave a sense of how the lockdown is impacting expat workers within South Africa, as well as new assignees who were due to enter South Africa to commence project requirements.

NEWS | AFRICA BORDERS REOPENING: RESPITE FOR CORPORATES WITH AFRICAN FOOTPRINT

Despite the easing of lockdown measures worldwide, the COVID-19 pandemic continues to have a devastating impact on most industries, none more so than travel and tourism. Furthermore, the international travel ban has halted businesses travelling to African countries for potential partnerships and meetings with stakeholders, with these businesses often being small and medium enterprises.