Private Institutions in registration with the Department of Education

Private Institutions in registration with the Department of Education

The Department of Home Affairs recently published significant changes in immigration law under the headline:

“Application for study visas for students studying at private institutions of learning in the process of being registered with the relevant Department of Education”.

EFFECTS FOR THEIR STUDENTS

From now on, also some language schools are registered with the Department of Education, which means that their students are eligible for a general South African study visa.

Private Institutions which have so far not been registered with the relevant Department of Higher Education (DHET), were not covered under the above definition of Learning Institutes.

This has now changed:

After consultation with the Director-General of Department of Higher Education (DHET), the Minster of Home Affairs, Mr. Malusi Gigaba has approved the granting of study visas to a category of students registered at certain institutions which are currently undergoing a registration process with the DHET. Continue reading

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The Employment of foreigners in South Africa

The Immigration Act 13 of 2002 is responsible for regulating foreign employment in the Republic of South Africa.

This act lays out the rules and regulations for admission of foreigners into South Africa, their residence in South Africa and their departure from South Africa as well as the ability for foreigners to work within the Republic.

The Immigration Regulations were improved in May 2014 which brought many changes in relation to work visas.

The employment of foreigners is also regulated by The Employment Services Act 4 of 2014 of which came into effect in August 2015 and was introduced to promote employment while simultaneously decreasing the unemployment rates within the Republic.

The Employment Services Act aims to support the employment of foreigners which is consistent with the provisions set out in the Immigration Act.

The Labour Court has jurisdiction to preside over any issues relating to the employment of foreigners and also implements to sanctions for non-compliance as set out in the Immigration Act. Continue reading

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Cape Town – Travellers love South Africa

2016 was record breaking regarding the numbers of international and domestic travellers in South Africa. The average growth of passenger numbers was 5.3 % in comparison to 2015.

The indicators in the recent past were obvious and well recognized by the Media, e.g.

The South African daily TOURISM UPDATE, which already reported a high number of foreign visitors in 2016.

To handle the rising numbers of passengers, an increased capacity plan for the festive period during Christmas and New Year was announced by the Department of Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba in December 2016.

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Business Visa – Conditions on Temporary residence

Business Visa - Conditions on Temporary residence

Conditions to be adhered to on a Temporary Residence

Business Visa (Section 15 of the Immigration Act of South Africa)

Foreigners on a temporary business visa must ensure that they are compliant with the condition of the Immigration Act.

In most cases where a new business set up occurs, undertakings for certain requirements are allowed.

In such cases the foreigner will have to comply with the prescribed allocated timeframe as per the Immigration Act to submit such conditions.

Within (12) twelve months of issuance for a temporary Business Visa, the holder of such visa must submit proof that 60% of the total staff compliment is employed in the operations of the business.

Such staff must be South African citizens or permanent resident holders in possession of a permanent employment contract in various positions. Continue reading

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