New Problems for Work Permits

The Immigration Amendment Act came into operation on 1 July 2005. Along with it came a new body of regulations, requirements – and forms. These have introduced a number of important changes for persons wishing to apply for work permits. New Problems for Work Permits   Chris Watters, Attorney Member of Law Society of Northern… Continue Reading

Difficulties currently being experienced

Probably one of the most predominant difficulties currently being experienced by applicants relates to the knock on effect of the centralization of permanent residence permit decision making, which came into effect on 1 June 2005 when the Minister of Home Affairs withdrew the delegation of this function from the regional offices and Consular Missions worldwide… Continue Reading

Visas and entry into South Africa

This article deals with the grant of visas to visitors to South AFrica Visas and entry into South Africa Chris Watters In what is the basic confirmation of the principle of national sovereignty and that the Government has the right to determine who may and may not be admitted to the Republic, section 11(1)(a) of… Continue Reading

Another Lifeline for Asylum Seekers

The manner in which asylum seekers are dealt with by the Department of Home Affairs continues to be a matter of some considerable embarrassment. Asylum seekers claim that the Department persistently sends out signals that asylum seekers are not welcome in South Africa, that the Republic has other priorities. Another Lifeline for Asylum Seekers  … Continue Reading

Retiring In South Africa

The advent of the Immigration Amendment Act number 19 of 2004 and the new Immigration Regulations gazetted into effect under Government Notice 27725 on 1 July 2005 has heralded in a very different scenario in terms of making South Africa a retirement destination of choice. Retiring In South Africa   A Perspective In Terms of… Continue Reading

Limiting the right of refugees to seek employment

The court held that refugees cannot seek work in the private security industry. Limiting the right of refugees to seek employment Chris Watters Member Immigration, Nationality and Refugee Law Committees, LSNP AND LSSA The fragile position in the economy of many refugees [that is, persons who have been formally recognized as such by the Department… Continue Reading

PAIA Requests and Home Affairs

Ultimately, one of the purposes of the access to information which is held by the state, as provided by the Promotion of Access to Information Act, 2 of 2001, [“PAIA”], is to obviate unnecessary litigation and the accompanying waste of State and other resources. Section 25(1) of PAIA provides that “the information officer to whom… Continue Reading

Bringing Your Foreign Spouse to South Africa

For purposes of immigration law there is no distinction between married and unmarried couples nor is there a permissible distinction arising from the couple’s sexual orientation. The key issue for the Department of Home Affairs, in this regard, is whether or not the couple are in a relationship that is monogamous, is in good faith… Continue Reading

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