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Major Changes in South African Immigration Law

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On Thursday, 29 November, new Home Affairs Immigration regulations was released in South Africa. An immigration expert said that the latest release came as a surprise to many and it should be welcomed with applaud given the relaxation of visa regulations surrounding travelling with children it offers. She, however, cautioned that some other major changes may be brewing.

In previous regulations, tourists coming into South Africa with non-native minors must present a complete birth certificate in order to be allowed into the country. This regulation has caused major controversies in the country – it has cost South Africa a lot, in the range of R7.5 billion, as a result of lost business from blocked tourists according to a 2016 report by the DA.

Stakeholders commend the passing of the new amendment before the summer holiday lesson but are worried and curious about other major changes spoke about by the Minister of Home Affairs in September. They seek to know why the changes have not been implemented yet, considering the fact that a chief holiday season is around the corner.

Some Expected Changes

One of the expected changes is the negotiation of visa waiver agreements for ordinary passport holders with several countries including: Tunisia, Iran, Ghana, UAE, Kuwait, Cuba, Algeria, Morocco, Qatar, etc. Also, South Africa is working on making visa requirements for countries such as India and China simpler.

Likewise, according to De Saude Darbandi, a new Immigration Act draft will be available for comments come March next year. New critical skills list is also to be implemented in April 2019.

The new regulation will also address some changes in Permanent Residency.

However, she is of the opinion that considering major changes expected, the time ‘wasted’ in the latest minor amendment draft could have been used to finalize long due visa/permit application.

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EU to waive off visa for South African visitors

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EU to waive off visa for South African visitorsDiscussions are on its way to ease up or eliminate the visa requirements for South African nationals visiting EU (European Union) associated states. This was announced on 27 September by Malusi Gigaba, South African Home Affairs Minister.

The discussions are held between Gigaba with Marcus Cornaro, the ambassador of the EU to South Africa. As the nationals of EU are allowed to travel visa-free in South Africa, the EU should also allow the same relaxation to us. This was stated by Gigaba to media in Pretoria.

The frequent flyers to Rainbow nation will be granted 3-year multiple visas were decided in 2015; as stated by Gigaba to iol.co.za.  This decision was taken as foreign national were a better-earning source and they didn’t violate any law during their travel to South Africa.

Gigaba said, “Because the foreign nationals never overstayed in my country. So, they are eligible for the incentives and benefits for being responsible travelers. Such positive contribution should be rewarded positively. Similar expectations are there from EU”.

Apart from the above, discussions were also held on the points that EU should give more relaxations to nationals of South Africa to work and reside for certain period in EU.

But the major focus was to get complete visa waiver from EU. If a complete waiver is provided then it will help a more free movement of South Africans to EU. Moreover, doors of opportunity will be wide and more.

According to Cornaro, it was his responsibility to see the guidelines of the contract come into effect. The relevant information will also be passed to EU member states.

Students, diplomats and officials would be given first preference for visa exemption. By the end of this year, the visa exemption will be approved for students, diplomats and officials. For the rest of the country, it will be obtained by March 2017.

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