The Department of Home Affairs made an unexpected change regarding their immigration policies. From 14th May 2014 onwards, Pre-Approvals, in other words Authorization letters in respect of Section 11 (2) or Business Visas will no longer be issued by the Department of Home Affairs. Current applications will only be processed if the professional has applied before the 14th May 2014.
From now on, all Section 11 (2) or Business Visa applications have to be submitted at the respective South African Embassy abroad before entering the country. That applies to everyone, professionals from countries which require Visa as well as professionals which are Visa exempted for South Africa. The new policies will in near future especially affect business travellers which are mostly using a Business Visa and professionals who want to reside and work in South Africa for a certain time period. Continue reading