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Home Affairs implements visa waivers for certain countries

On the 15. August 2019, the Minister of the Department of Home Affairs, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi announced in his Budget Vote speech that nationals from the following four countries has been granted visa-free status and will be able to travel to South Africa without visas:

As from today, 15 August 2019, travellers from Qatar, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and New Zealand will no longer require a visa to visit South Africa for holidays, conferencing and business meeting visits. We took this decision unilaterally but we are engaging these countries to see how they can relax entry requirements for our citizens. I am glad to say that Qatar has already waived visa requirements for South Africans and this will enable our people to attend Qatar FIFA World Cup 2022 easier,” said Minister Motsoaledi. Continue reading

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Permanent Residence based on Business Visa

Permanent residence based on Section 27 (C) allows the holder of a business visa to apply for Permanent residence in South Africa. If you wish to establish a business and reside within South Africa permanently this is the ideal option for you.

A business visa allows the holder to own and operate a business in South Africa.

When issued with the permanent residence based on Section 27 (C) this allows the holder to stay and operate a business in South Africa permanently. Continue reading

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Top 10 simple issues to be resolved by DHA overnight

Top 10 simple issues to be resolved by DHA overnight

Some times life can be simple.

Or a government authority can make life of others simple.

Here are a few suggestions, how the South African Department of Home Affairs could practically over night, with some quick decisions and mostly based on existing capacity and infrastructure, make the life of foreigners in SA much easier:

  1. 90 plus 90 days should be guaranteed so people can plan and book. Inform also the airlines that 180 day return ticket is legal.
  2. Issue Permanent Residence (PR) stickers back into passports. Add ID numbers where available. Requirement to travel with original PR certificates and paper ID books is just ridiculous. Continue reading

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4616 lost applications for Permanent Residence at the Department of Home Affairs of South Africa

The South African Department of Home Affairs recently had to admit that it has lost 4,616 applications and published a list of affected applicants online. All mentioned applicants have to re-apply and submit new applications per email to the Department of Home Affairs.

The Department received permanent residence applications prior to 02 June 2014 utilising the Track and Trace system .

The Department has now published a notification in its website that it has noted that it does not have 4616 applications on hand as per Track and Trace system.

The Department of Home Affairs could not clarify the reasons for the loss of these applications.

To solve this issue, Mr Mkuseli Apleni, the Director-General of the Department of Home Affairs, under the powers vested in him under Sections 26 and 27 of the Immigration Act, 2002 (Act no. 13 of 2002) as amended, published a list in the National Government Gazette. Continue reading

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