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What to look out for when traveling with children in terms of the new immigration law of South Africa

South Africa’s new immigration law has added a stricter law on traveling with children. The new immigration law for South Africa is welcomed by the human rights commission in terms of the act against child trafficking passed on the 30th July 2013 by President Jacob Zuma giving South Africa for the first time, a single statute that tackles human trafficking holistically and comprehensively

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Parents travelling with children would now be requested to provide an unabridged birth certificate of all traveling children according to the new South African immigration law. This applies even when both parents are travelling with their children and it also applies to foreigners and South Africans alike. Continue reading

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Home Affairs implemented new Immigration Laws and Regulations in South Africa

As from the 26th May 2014 the Department of Home Affairs has introduced the implementation of the new Immigration Act and Regulations in South Africa.

This was quite surprising for the public, of which most insiders were gearing up for the 2nd June 2014, and will probably result in chaotic situations within the next few weeks.

The new immigration policies even surprised the own staff. As the new Regulations and laws have not been made available timely to the branches of Home Affairs, staff members were unable to cope with dealing with these circumstances. At least they weren’t informed about the new regulations at all.

Why such a sudden rush?

In addition the new Regulations do not contain essential practical information such as minimum amounts for the business permit, retired person permit and the list of what are critical skills is also not included. These information will be published in the Government Gazette at a later stage, what leads to the question: Continue reading

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New Immigration Regulations

After years of threatening Home Affairs has now finally made the step of publishing new Immigration Regulations. Due to the lack of those the Immigration Amendment Bill of 2011 has not come into force.

This means that in all likelihood South Africa will, from the 1st of April 2014 onwards, have a new immigration legislation. However, the Regulations are currently open for public comment and due to this some adjustments might still occur.

As expected the new Act and its regulations mirror the attempt to exercise greater control over the “who” and “how” of immigration due to abuse in former years.

Everything will find its balance and of course immigration and foreign direct investment in general is still wanted and embraced.

However, the new Act and its regulations will at the very least cause major uncertainties and also some changes in the coming months.

IBN will have the continued right to legally represent foreigners in South Africa. Continue reading

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Home Affairs Minister calls for Stricter Immigration Laws

Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, the South Africa’s Home Affairs Minister called for stricter immigration laws at a New Age/SABC business briefing held on the 6th of July 2012. The call for the tightening of regulations comes at a time where noticeable loopholes in South African immigration law have resulted in abuse of the system.

The minister suggested a revised Refugee Act to strengthen the country’s security. She revealed that in 2007 South Africa had more asylum seekers than all 27 European Union members combined, however, only 5% of these asylum seekers qualified under the South African immigration law. Continue reading

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