NEWS & NOTES

YETHU IMMIGRATION SA KEEPS YOU UPDATED
NEWS

17/11/2020

https://www.gov.za/covid-19/individuals-and-households/travel-coronavirus-covid-19

 

26/08/2020

https://businesstech.co.za/news/trending/428572/updated-level-2-lockdown-rules-for-south-africa-including-weddings-home-affairs-services-and-flights/?utm_source=everlytic&utm_medium=newsletter&utm_campaign=businesstech

24/08/2020

https://businesstech.co.za/news/business/428034/south-africa-months-away-from-reopening-international-travel-analysts/?utm_source=everlytic&utm_medium=newsletter&utm_campaign=businesstech

18/08/2020

https://www.enca.com/news/covid-19-south-africa-enters-level-2-lockdown

14/04/2020

https://www.sanews.gov.za/south-africa/home-affairs-outlines-measures-deal-immigration

06/04/2020

https://businesstech.co.za/news/business/387575/south-africas-lockdown-restrictions-could-last-months-report/

 

02/04/2020

https://www.dailymaverick.co.za/article/2020-03-31-travel-restrictions-eased-to-allow-stranded-south-africans-and-foreigners-to-get-home/

31/03/2020

https://ewn.co.za/2020/03/26/foreign-nationals-won-t-be-penalised-for-expired-visas-during-lockdown

04/02/2020

https://businesstech.co.za/news/business/368786/5-things-you-should-know-about-south-africas-controversial-new-refugee-laws/

 

20/01/2020

https://sahiwal.tv/south-africa-to-provide-online-visa-facility-for-indian-tourists-from-next-week/

 

06/01/2020

https://businesstech.co.za/news/business/364176/tough-new-laws-for-refugees-in-south-africa/

19/11/2019

https://www.businesslive.co.za/bd/national/2019-11-18-home-affairs-introduces-new-lesotho-exemption-permit/

11/11/2019

https://www.iol.co.za/news/politics/home-affairs-minister-changes-policy-regarding-foreign-children-entering-sa-36986451

 

05/11/2019

https://allafrica.com/stories/201902050891.html

South Africa has extended the Lesotho Special Permit (LSP) programme for another four years beginning December 2019.

 

31/10/2019

https://businesstech.co.za/news/lifestyle/349413/south-africa-plans-to-change-its-marriage-laws/

 

24/10/2019

https://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/News/motsoaledi-says-children-of-migrants-should-be-in-school-20191023

 

23/10/2019

https://businesstech.co.za/news/technology/347680/uct-wants-to-launch-a-new-combined-law-and-technology-degree/

The University of Cape Town has established Africa’s first centre for Law and Technology. The multidisciplinary centre, to be housed in UCT’s Faculty of Law, will pilot research and teaching and learning from the perspective of law and technology in a bid to keep up with the demands of a modern tech-driven world.

 

21/10/2019

https://businesstech.co.za/news/business/347488/these-are-the-most-in-demand-job-skills-in-south-africa-right-now-11/

 

16/10/2019

https://businesstech.co.za/news/lifestyle/346436/what-you-need-to-know-about-south-africas-new-birth-certificate-travel-rules/

 

14/10/2019

https://city-press.news24.com/Voices/stop-spreading-dangerous-lies-foreign-migrants-are-not-root-cause-of-sas-problems-20190924

 

10/10/2019

https://face2faceafrica.com/article/nigeria-south-africa-sign-10-year-visa-agreement-for-businessmen-academics-in-new-deal-after-attacks

09/10/2019

https://businesstech.co.za/news/government/344944/new-visa-changes-coming-to-south-africa/

07/10/2019

https://www.sowetanlive.co.za/news/south-africa/2019-10-04-sa-nigeria-mend-strained-relations/

30/09/2019

ttps://businesstech.co.za/news/business/343482/government-is-clamping-down-on-illegal-foreigners-and-the-south-africans-that-hire-them/

 

16/08/2019
SA home affairs department waives visas for four countries to boost tourism

07/08/2019
High number of undocumented immigrants 'untenable' - committee on Home Affairs
shared via @News24

15/07/2019 

http://www.capetalk.co.za/articles/353966/concourt-ruling-on-foreign-spousal-visa-laws-has-no-impact-on-refugees

11/07/2019 

https://ewn.co.za/2019/07/11/govt-announces-7-more-countries-that-can-visit-sa-visa-free

10/04/2019

https://www.businessinsider.co.za/south-africa-e-visas-implemented-new-zealand-western-cape-tourism-numbers-climb-2019-4

 

03/04/2019

https://lowvelder.co.za/474876/departments-say-local-schools-cannot-enrol-pupils-without-proper-documentation/

 

01/03/2019

https://businesstech.co.za/news/lifestyle/302552/the-best-subjects-to-study-at-sas-top-universities/

 

26/02/2019

https://southerntimesafrica.com/site/news/relief-for-sa-based-zim-students

 

25/02/2019

https://businesstech.co.za/news/technology/301502/south-africa-to-develop-africas-largest-tech-hub/

 

22/02/2019

https://businesstech.co.za/news/budget-speech/301036/5-important-things-happening-in-south-africa-today-498/

 

22/01/2019

IMPORTANT NOTE TO ALL ASYLUM SEEKERS & REFUGEES

With immediate effect asylum seekers & refugees are now allowed to submit applications for exemptions and / or waivers at VFS offices in South Africa.  Please note that this is in respect of temporary residence only and means that asylum seekers and refugees may now apply for permission to change status in South Africa.

 

15/01/2019

https://www.thesouthafrican.com/south-africa-top-five-most-instagrammable-country/

 

10/12/2018

Relaxed requirements for children travelling abroad gazetted

 

25/09/2018

http://www.dha.gov.za/index.php/statements-speeches/1186-statement-by-the-minister-of-home-affairs-mr-malusi-gigaba-mp-at-the-media-briefing-on-visa-related-reforms-in-pretoria-on-25-september-2018

NOTES

26/11/2020

Is your permanent residence permit application pending at Home Affairs and taking months/ years to be finalised? Contact us for assistance.

 

17/11/2020

Although we are still on alert level 1, re-opening of borders has been announced on 11 November 2020 (as updated from Gazette 43897 of 11 November 2020). These Gazetted regulations confirms as follows:

 

  • The 18 land borders which were partially operational, will be fully operational, and the 34 land borders which were closed, will remain closed.

  • Traveling to and from the Republic is allowed, subject to sub-regulations (3) – see below.

  • All international travel will resume subject to -
    (a) the traveller providing a valid certificate of a negative test which was obtained not more than 72 hours before the date of travel; and
    (b) in the event of the traveller’s failure to submit a certificate as proof of a negative test, the traveller will be required to quarantine him or herself at his or her own costs.

 

International air travel is restricted to the following airports-
(a) OR Tambo International Airport;
(b) King Shaka International Airport; and
(c) Cape Town International Airport.

 

Travelling to South Africa

  • Travellers intending to visit the country will be expected to produce a PCR  (polymerase chain reaction) test that is not older than 72 hours from the time of departure from the country of origin to South Africa. This test must be conducted by a certified medical practitioner and should have the name and signature of the practitioner who conducted such test.

  • Upon arrival in the port of entry, the traveller will be screened for any COVID-19 symptoms or for contact with people who have been infected with the COVID-19 virus. 

  • Travellers will also need to provide proof of accommodation address should they need to  self-quarantine at the time of arrival in the country.

  • Should the traveller display any COVID-19–related symptoms or been in contact with an infected person(s), they will be expected to take a mandatory COVID-19 test.  This test will be at the traveller’s cost.  If the COVID-19 test comes back positive, the traveller will be subjected to a 10 day quarantine at a designated site.  The accommodation at a quarantine site will be at the traveller’s cost.

 

18/08/2020

Important note: during lockdown level 2 the restrictions on international travel remain in place.

 

15/06/2020

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14/04/2020

Home Affairs confirms measures in place re immigration during lockdown.  See news link in news column.

 

08/04/2020

Further to the information in this article, the Department of Home Affairs has issued two Immigration Directives since the outbreak of COVID-19.  Obviously, these directives cannot cater for each and every scenario and also, it may be interpreted differently by different people.  Contact us for more detailed information:

+27 12 651 0269

+27 82 058 3578

Marjoke@yethuimmigrationsa.co.za

 

We will stay in touch.

Thank you.

 

https://ewn.co.za/2020/04/06/lockdown-foreign-nationals-penalised-for-expiring-permits-visas

26/03/2020

IMPORTANT NOTICE:

All foreign nationals in South Africa whose temporary visas will expire during the LOCKDOWN period, will be allowed to apply for new visas without a Form 20 (good cause letter) once the VFS offices open their doors again.

18/03/2020

IMPORTANT NOTICE:

Further to the President and Home Affairs Minister's speeches on 16 & 17 March 2020, Yethu Immigration SA is busy obtaining more information from the Department of Home Affairs and the local VFS offices about the way forward, especially with regards to the visas that were cancelled and revoked as well as the ports of entry that were closed. There are still many questions and we aim to provide you with the correct answers soonest.

Kindly be aware of fake news and rather check with us if you are unsure about anything.

 

+27 12 651 0269

+27 82 058 3578

Marjoke@yethuimmigrationsa.co.za

 

We will stay in touch.

Thank you.

19/02/2020

IMPORTANT NOTICE!

Chinese nationals in South Africa who have to leave but are unable to leave the country due to the carona virus implications (e.g. cancelled flights) now have options to apply for visas to remain in South Africa for a further period.

Even Chinese nationals whose visas have expired since 01 December 2019 have time until 29 February 2020 to submit visa applications to remain in South Africa.

Interested parties / applicants can contact us for further detail.

27/11/2019

Visas and travel changes: 

Some of the most notable changes are -

E-Visas: currently being tested in Kenya and next will be China, India and Nigeria

Visa free access: Tunisia added to the list

Festive season: staff capacity at entry points will be increased between 4 December 2019 and 13 January 2020

27/11/2019

With regards to local submissions via the VFS office, note the VFS office's 2019/20 festive season closure dates:

19 December - last day for submissions

20 December - collections only

23 & 24 December - CLOSED

27 December - collections only

30 & 31 December - CLOSED

2 & 3 January - collections only

6 January - Re-open for 2020

 

19/11/2019

The department of home affairs has opened the application process for the new Lesotho exemption permit to replace the special permit it has been issuing to Basotho nationals, which will expire on 31 December 2019.

05/11/2019

It is official! Effective Friday, 01 November, 2019, foreign visa exempt children may travel to South Africa without a birth certificate.

 

05/11/2019

South Africa has extended the Lesotho Special Permit (LSP) programme for another four years beginning December 2019.

 

29/10/2019

In many cases Home Affairs rejects visa applications without giving any reason for the decision. The SA High Court handed down an interesting judgement where an applicant with an application with no reasonable cause for rejection, may now take Home Affairs directly to court without following the procedure in terms of the Immigration Act.  

23/10/2019

Foreign spouses and children of citizens / PR holders may now apply to change status or the conditions attached to their visas from within the country.

 

14/10/2019

In case you were still confused; South Africa's Home Affairs has confirmed that an unabridged birth certificate is no longer an entry requirement for children.

 

10/10/2019

Asylum seekers in SA, whose status has not been determined yet were always banned to get married.  This was enforced by a Department of Home Affairs circular which has now been declared inconsistent with the law and invalid.  ​

09/10/2019

Is your visa expiring in December 2019? Ensure to apply for your new visa now in order to miss the holiday season rush and processing time delays.

03/10/2019

Need to verify a South African visa?  We can assist with visa verification requests.

17/07/2019
REFUGEES AND ASYLUM SEEKERS TAKE NOTE!
The Department of Home Affairs is now allowing Asylum Seekers and Refugees to apply for a waiver / permission to change their status to that of a mainstream visa under the Immigration Act from within South Africa.
It is important to note that not just any holder of an Asylum Seeker Temporary Visa or Formal Recognition of Refugee Status can apply for either a temporary or permanent residence permit; they would first have to qualify in the applicable category of a mainstream visa under the Immigration Act. Should the person enquiring about this simply not qualify it is then our advice that they should remain on their Asylum Seeker Temporary Permit until they obtain Formal Recognition of Refugee Status and later on Certification by the Standing Committee on Refugee Affairs.


17/07/2019
SPOUSES & CHILDREN OF SOUTH AFRICANS / PERMANENT RESIDENTS
Due to a judgement delivered in the Constitutional Court of SA, foreign spouses and children of South Africans / permanent residents in South Africa are now allowed to change status or visa conditions without applying for a waiver first.

18/03/2019

Business visa holders: did you know that in order to keep your visa valid you have to comply with certain notifications:

  • Staff complement of at least 60% citizens confirmation by Dept. of Labour to Dept. of Home Affairs, 12 months from date of visa issued; and

  • Investment confirmation to Dept. of Home Affairs, 24 months from date of visa issued.

We can help with these actions - contact us today. 

 

02/01/2019

Critical Skills List review - consultations are being finalised between Home Affairs and other government departments, academics, business and organised labour, to implement a reviewed critical skills list by April 2019.  Contact us to confirm if you qualify to apply for a visa or permanent residence in the critical skills field. 

 

18/12/2018

Have you checked your visa expiry date? Whether you are still abroad and on your way or already in South Africa, ensure to check your visa’s expiry date and that you understand which date it is - you do not want to be in a position where you find yourself in South Africa on an expired visa. Contact us if you are unsure about this date and / or if you wish to extend your visa for a further period.

 

12/12/2018

Are you submitting your application at a local VFS office?  Carefully note the VFS offices’ closing date and upcoming restricted operational hours. Contact us if you are unsure about the risks and contingency plans in place.

 

10/12/2018

South African Immigration Legislation requires that any application submitted from within South Africa be submitted at least 60 days before the current visa expires (if the visa was issued valid for 90 days or longer) OR 7 days before the current visa expires (if the visa was issued for 30 days and less).  Are you already within this period?  Or, will you be there soon?  Contact us to find out what the risks are and how to work around it.

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