Opening of South Africa’s borders and moving toward a single currency

South Africa’s borders need to be open for people, particularly Africans, to move more freely and to promote business, President Cyril Ramaphosa said.

The President also repeated the need for a single currency in Africa. By companion the European Union had benefited from similar Developments.

“The easy movement of people across borders and countries should never be seen in a negative sense by us as South Africans”, Ramaphosa said on Wednesday the 21st of March, after a summit on the African Continental Free Trade Area, held in Kigali, Rwanda.

“There is a deep yearning in Rwanda and the region for this visa matter to be resolved, and we need to open up the borders of our country and allow people to move”, he said. Ramaphosa said that he had discussed this matter with Rwandan President Paul Kagame on Tuesday. Continue reading

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Merry Christmas and a happy new year 2018

The IBN Team wishes a merry Christmas and a happy new year 2018. We would like to extend our very best wishes for a happy holiday season. Thank you for your valued support during 2017 and we look forward to connecting with you in 2018 again.

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Very important change of South African police clearance certificate (PCC) process

Very important change of South African police clearance certificate (PCC) process

From January 2018 you will need to get your police clearance certificate (PCC) done at the VFS centres and the certificates delivered by the SA police services will no longer be accepted.

This applies to applications for both temporary and permanent residence permits.

Very important change of South African police clearance certificate (PCC) process

The good news is that it is a very simple process:

all you need to do is request the relevant form (for police clearance certificate) from the consultant at VFS,

which you then will dully complete and sign and add to your application;

no fingerprints required, just the usual biometrics.

The cost of the process is ZAR175., to be paid at the VFS centre at the time of submission. Continue reading

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‘Enter on or before’ date on your visa is not an expiry date

Contrary to popular belief, the ‘Enter on or before’ date on your visa is not an expiry date

There is a difference between visas issued within South Africa and visas issued in foreign countries. Visas issued in South Africa have an official expiry date that says VISA EXPIRY DATE. Visas issued outside South Africa has a section where is says ‘enter on or before’.

One should pay close attention to the ‘enter on or before’ date. This date is not your visa’s expiry date but the latest date at which you should have entered South Africa to activate your visa.

When entering South Africa, you will be issued with an entry stamp, and that entry stamp will hold your official visa expiry date.

The immigration officer at the airport issues this stamp with a ‘VALID UNTIL’ date. This date will be the date of entry plus the duration of your visa.

If you have a 3 year visa it will be the date 36 months from your date of entry.

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