Entries by Marisa Jacobs

Spar says its workers had papers after police arrest 63

The Spar retail group has responded to allegations by the Department of Home Affairs, saying that it does not wittingly employ undocumented migrants Retailer Spar has denied wittingly hiring undocumented migrants as alleged by the Department of Home Affairs, which is driving a crackdown. Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba vowed last week that the department […]

Employers charged in illegal migrants crackdown

Action by national joint operations sees 147 undocumented migrants arrested after inspections at businesses in Tshwane and Johannesburg Business managers who illegally employ foreign migrants without authorisation to live and work in SA are being targeted for prosecution under the Immigration Act, Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba said on Sunday. The crackdown by national joint […]

Foreign Children to be Protected by the Department of Basic Education

On 22 February, a letter was issued by a governing school in Edenvale, informing parents that if any foreign child who has incomplete documentation will be escorted by the police and the parents should fetch them at the police station. This had led to major outrage among all foreign families living in South Africa. The […]

Amendment to Kenya Citizenship and Immigration Regulation

On 30th December 2016, the Kenya Citizenship and Immigration Regulation 2012 was revised. The amendment included a new directive namely, regulation 10(2A). The regulation 10(2A) makes provision for the cabinet secretary to waive the following requirements for stateless persons, migrants as well as their dependents – Application fees Required documents to support their application for […]

The Department of Home Affairs’ Salary Cap To Remain Until 2019

The salary cap for The Department of Home Affairs and the Parliament had been requested to be reconsidered, but is still set out to remain in play until 2019. Finance Minister, Pravin Gordhan emphasized in his ‘2017 Budget Estimate Expenditure’ that, regardless of the R34 million for the Immigration Affairs programme and R51 million for […]

UPDATE: Transferring of Valid Visas into Expired Passports

The Department of Home Affairs will be meeting on Thursday, 23 February 2017 with regards to the ‘Transfers and Rectifications’ document that has been circling around. The Department has advised that the process will continue to operate as per previous protocol and the current document must be ignored. Should you wish to transfer your visa […]

FEDHASA sheds light on immigration and labour regulations

A recent media briefing, after a meeting between Malusi Gigaba, South Africa’s Minister of Home Affairs, and industry stakeholders including the Federated Hospitality Association of South Africa (FEDHASA) has raised some concerns in the hospitality and tourism industry. There has been reference to a requirement for all businesses in the South Africa to employ a […]

Work Visas and Expanding Your Business Family

How difficult is it really to obtain a work visa for a foreign skilled employee? Like many things in life, very easy when you know what you need and how to go about it, but near impossible where you are inexperienced and make school-boy errors. We share some expert tips in getting visas for foreign […]

Transferring of Valid Visas into Expired Passports to be Restricted

Effective immediately, the Department of Home Affairs has announced that Temporary Residence visas will no longer be transferred to a new passport if the validity of the visa exceeds the validity of the passport in which the visa was originally endorsed. Up to date, the Department had been issuing visas for the full validity and […]

Chinese SAQA Pre-verification

The South African Qualification Authority (SAQA) now require all Chinese qualifications to be pre-verified by the CADGEEC before submitting same for evaluation. The China Academic Degrees and Graduate Education Evaluation Committee (CADGEEC), a special committee subordinate to the China Academic Degrees and Graduate Education Association, is a social academic organization nationwide consisting of the unit […]