Just recently the DHA has released a statement according to the requirements of travelling with children which gives us a flicker of hope that the government backs away from the very strict Immigration Law they implemented a year ago.
Firstly parental travellers from visa exempt countries, like the UK, USA or Germany, do not need a birth certificate additional to the passport anymore. However, the parent should take a consent from the other parent in case of travelling with the child alone.
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This loosening of those restrictions does not apply to travellers from visa restricted countries, like India, Russia or China, as the Cabinet opines that providing a birth certificate is international standard.
The requirements for unaccompanied minors will remain the same and there will still be needed a copy of the identity document or valid passport and visa or permanent residence permit of the person who is to receive the minor. Continue reading
1.) Update on the 2014 Immigration regulations
Much reporting and debate has taken place since the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) introduced the new immigration regulations on 26 May 2014.
Furthermore the approach seems to be that implementation of this new law starts with the promulgation by the President. Preparation of services, training of staff, etc. is to follow. Basically we got a brand new car delivered, only that the wheels and the seats are still missing – and of course the steering wheel! Continue reading
We previously reported on the Department of Home Affair’s (DHA) recent Directive 9, which basically declares anybody with an expired permit to be an undesirable person in South Africa and subsequently bans them for 1 to 5 years. Whereas the motivation is in principle understandable, this Directive fails to make any exemptions for people who have actually applied for permit extensions with DHA. This has caused absolut chaos and huge frustrations among our clients and many other foreigners, who feel they have done nothing wrong and are now facing either a ban from South Africa or are stuck in the country.
It would not take long before somebody, who was put into this hardship, would litigate against Home Affairs. Considering that currently we still cannot submit any applications within South Africa, that the SA missions around the world have not been briefed on the new immigration law and VFS is non-functional, I decided to spend time in the High Court today and followed the court proceedings. What an experience. Continue reading