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17-10-2017 13:07:43 (GMT +02:00) Pretoria / Cape Town, South Africa

Family wins visa battle
03. Feb. 3016 Daily News
  Zimbabwean diaspora in SA loses interest in Zim affairs
14. Oct. 2017 City Press

Cape Town - The South African husband of a Zimbabwean woman facing the prospect of being separated from her family indefinitely says a high court judgment in their favour handed down on Friday shows that the justice system works. V.3616
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Zimbabweans who have fled economic hardship and political problems to fend for their families in South Africa have lost interest in the affairs of their country. They did not care who was sacked this week by President Robert Mugabe or who was appointed to his newly reshuffled Cabinet, saying their country’s woes required economic policies that would ease the hardships faced by their families back home. V.4070
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Migrant bungling by home affairs officials hampers job creation
13. Oct. 2017 Business Times
  Hilarious travel complaints
10. Oct. 2017 Sa Migration

The Department of Home Affairs is duty-bound under administrative law to process overdue applications within a reasonable time After two successive quarters of decline, the South African economy spluttered back to life in the second quarter with 2.5% GDP growth quarter on quarter. However, the country’s inability to stimulate job creation is putting it on a collision course with a sustained recessionary period, which spells disaster. V.4067
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We all know these travellers. They’re the type that really want to get away from it all, but honestly don’t deserve the privilege. Thankfully, their ridiculous complaints, compiled by Klaudia’s Corner, make for a great pick-me-up on a Monday. 1. ‘They should not allow topless sunbathing on the beach. It was very distracting for my husband who just wanted to relax.’ 2.‘On my holiday to Goa in India, I was disgusted to find that almost every restaurant served curry. I don’t like spicy food.’ 3.‘We went on holiday to Spain and had a problem with the taxi drivers as they were all Spanish.’ V.4066
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SA experiences lacklustre season for Indian arrivals
06. Oct. 2017 Tourism Update
  Citizenship is hard to come by for skilled immigrants who create jobs
05. Oct. 2017 Times Live

South African visa efficiency major factor contributing to decline in Indian arrivals. This year, SA saw a lacklustre season for Indian arrivals " surprising everyone after last year’s growth. Industry specialists share the factors that have resulted in this dip in the market. Johan Groenewald, MD of Royal African Discoveries, says there are a number of reasons why Indian arrivals are down. “The first thing we have to take into consideration is that 2016 was an exceptional year, the growth was remarkable, and so we shouldn’t expect to see the same numbers as last year. V.4065
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Immigration attorney to challenge in court the unlawful and arbitrary 10-year permanent residency regulation Almost seven years ago, I arrived in SA as a 24-year-old unemployed university graduate from Israel and the US. I had met my then South African partner while on holiday in Cape Town, and due to the US Defence of Marriage Act, which forbade US citizens from sponsoring same-sex partners for green cards, our only option was for him to sponsor me to move to SA as his life partner on a temporary residence visa. V.4068
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Migration issues highly politicised " home affairs minister
05. Oct. 2017 The Citizen
  Court decision a victory for asylum seekers
03. Oct. 2017 Groundup

South Africa is grappling with balancing entry for skilled migrants and refugees with creating jobs for its 27.7% unemployed citizens. Migration issues were “highly politicised” because they involved power relations and contestation for space and scarce resources, that’s according to the minister of home affairs, Professor Hlengiwe Mkhize. “Migration issues are highly politicised, they are about power relations amongst those who are migrating and the receiving countries. It’s about contestation of space and scarce resources,” she said. Mkhize was speaking at the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s Westville campus in Durban on Thursday during a dialogue on the management of international migration. V.4069
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The ruling by the Supreme Court of Appeal that the Cape Town Refugee Reception Office must be opened is a victory for asylum seekers. The court found that the director-general of the Department of Home Affairs had used his power unlawfully. On 29 September, the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) found the decision of the director-general of the Department of Home Affairs to close the Cape Town Refugee Reception Office to be unlawful and set the decision aside; overturning a High Court decision. The SCA ordered the Department of Home Affairs to re-open the office within six months. This is the second time that the closure of the Cape Town Refugee Reception Office has come before the Supreme Court of Appeal. The director-general (DG) first decided to close the office in 2012; however, the decision was set aside by the High Court and an order given that the office must be re-opened. V.4064
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Zimbabweans get four-year grace
02. Oct. 2017 Mail & Guardian
  Spain emerging as top investment for South Africans
02. Oct. 2017 MoneyWebb

Zimbabweans have become part of South Africa’s fabric. There are anywhere between one and three million Zimbabweans living and working in the country. More than 200 000 Zimbabweans are here on a special visa that will expire at the end of the year. Although government has outlined paths for them to remain in the country legally, the process is clouded by confusion and bureaucratic hurdles. V.4059
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As more South Africans look to invest in property abroad, Spain’s golden visa programme is offering them one of the best deals in global real estate. With the Spanish property market in full growth phase and Spain’s GDP growth nearly double the Eurozone average at 3.2%, Spanish real estate is emerging as a strong investment for foreign nationals. For South Africans looking to buy property overseas, the benefits of investing in the Spanish market are two-fold; buyers can make a return on their investment and can easily rent their second home to either locals or the millions of tourists who visit Spain each year. V.4060
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July Arrivals: The verdict is in
02. Oct. 2017 Tourism Update
  Home Affairs: a production-industry partner
28. Sep. 2017 CPA

Stats SA has released its latest tourism and migration report and the verdict on July arrivals is in. Total arrivals are up by 2% and overseas arrivals are up 10%, with Central and South America leading the charge at 90% year-to-date growth. Brazil arrivals continue to grow exponentially with a year-to-date increase of 119%, as 17 524 arrivals in 2016 increased to 38 460 arrivals in 2017. Argentina isn’t far behind Brazil, at an 89% year-to-date increase and a 71% month-to-month increase. While Mexico has shown a 42% year-to-date increase. V.4061
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RSA visa applications just got easier for foreign production stakeholders If you’ve ever brought a foreign client or production specialist into the country for a shoot, you know how complicated visa acquisition can be. And in the fast-paced production industry, with specialists constantly on the go, you don’t always have the time or the means to meet the requirements, like regular travellers do. V.4062
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Visa changes keep immigrants offside
28. Sep. 2017 Cape Times
  A growing need for specialised immigration practitioners
25. Sep. 2017 Sa Migration

So the Supreme Court of Appeal found earlier this week. The judgment comes after Home Affairs Minister Hlengiwe Buhle Mkhize and department director-general Mkuseli Apleni appealed a previous high court ruling that asylum seekers were entitled to apply for visitors and work visas while in the country. The matter was brought to the Western Cape High Court in 2003 by the Legal Resources Centre on behalf of 13 asylum seekers. It was settled, and an order, which came to be known as the “Dabone Order”, was agreed on between the parties. Following the Dabone Order, the director-general soon issued a directive that asylum seekers in possession of a permit could apply for one of the temporary residence permits, as well as permanent residency. V.4063
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With the changes in law and variance in practice, there is a growing need for the assistance of specialised Immigration Practitioners. An immigration practitioner understands the Act and the processes to be followed to achieve, amongst other things, lawful outcomes. While any person is able to put together a visa or permit application, this person may not have the knowledge and/or expertise in understanding and complying with a legal process. V.4057
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Rejection and Appeals: What to do when your application has been rejected.
25. Sep. 2017 Sa Migration
  You have overstayed your Visa, now What!!!
21. Sep. 2017 Sa Migration

As with any change there comes with it a lot of miscommunication and an increase in the number of failed applications. It appears that there has been a sharp increase in the number of visa and permit application being rejected and many prospective immigrants are left to wonder how on earth they can navigate this now even more complex immigration system. In this article we will unpack the reasons why some applications get rejected and when and how to do an appeal to have the decision reviewed. V.4058
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Overstaying ones visa is a common occurrence among expats in South Africa and in recent months overstaying one visa has moved from being a minor inconvenience to a possible criminal offence with potentially serious ramifications. The changes brought about by the new immigration laws have made overstaying ones visa a very serious affair which needs a careful and smart approach to remedy. In this article we will explore the effect of overstaying ones visa and what steps to take to correct this now serious matter. V.4052
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Why Treasury wants to keep the 183 day rule for expat taxpayers
20. Sep. 2017 Fin24
  Why Treasury wants to keep the 183 day rule for expat taxpayers
20. Sep. 2017 Fin24

Cape Town " National Treasury believes that the 183 day threshold for South Africans working outside the country should remain in the proposed amendments to the tax laws. National Treasury is in the process of repealing tax exemption laws on income earned by South Africans working overseas through two bills, the 2017 Taxation Laws Amendment Bill and the 2017 Draft Tax Administration Laws Amendment Bill. If planned new legislation goes through Parliament, South Africans who work overseas could be taxed locally for foreign earnings from March 1 2020. V.4053
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Cape Town " National Treasury believes that the 183 day threshold for South Africans working outside the country should remain in the proposed amendments to the tax laws. National Treasury is in the process of repealing tax exemption laws on income earned by South Africans working overseas through two bills, the 2017 Taxation Laws Amendment Bill and the 2017 Draft Tax Administration Laws Amendment Bill. If planned new legislation goes through Parliament, South Africans who work overseas could be taxed locally for foreign earnings from March 1 2020. V.4054
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New SA Permits Relieve Zimbos
20. Sep. 2017 ZIMEYE
  Refugee children miss school to renew asylum permits
12. Sep. 2017 Groundup

Zimbabweans staying in South Africa have commended the host government for introducing a new four-year permit known as the Zimbabwe Exemption Permit (ZEP) for those wishing to study or work in that country. The ZEP is valid between January 1, 2018 and December 31, 2021, and replaces the Zimbabwe Special Permit (ZSP) whose lifespan expires on December 31 this year. According to South Africa’s Home Affairs Department, the ZEP facility is only available to 197 941 holders of the ZSP permit. In separate interviews yesterday, Zimbabweans said the new development brought about an end to months of speculation on reports that the country was introducing tough measures for immigrants. “This is a relief to the thousands of Zimbabweans who have endured several months of speculation on their status at the expiry of the ZSP,” said Mr Giyani Dube a representative of Zimbabweans staying in South Africa. V.4056
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“My mom says I should be strong, but my feet always hurt from standing in the long queues” - grade 4 child Chido, Esther and Irvin, aged 12, ten and six respectively, are missing school. Instead of going to class they are queuing at the Desmond Tutu Refugee Centre in Pretoria to renew their asylum-seeking papers. “I grew up in these long queues, coming to get our asylum papers,” says Chido. Her family is originally from Zimbabwe but Chido was born in South Africa. To date her family has not yet been granted refugee status. She says t V.4055
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German arrivals on the up
11. Sep. 2017 Tourism Update
  Immigrant pupils fear expulsion
14. Jul. 2017 The Witness

German arrivals continue to grow, even during SA’s winter months. German visitors to South Africa have increased by 15% according to the latest report released by Statistics SA. The German market has shown a steady increase over the last few months, with arrivals up by 24% for the month of June compared with June last year. Growth in May was 5% and April 15.91%. V.4051
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Immigrant pupils in the city fear expulsion after they were asked to submit either a South African identity document, a valid passport or study permit to their schools. V.4047
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Angolan former refugees exempted
14. Jul. 2017 Times Live
  Angolan former refugees exempted
14. Jul. 2017 Times Live

Government brought brief relief to Angolan former refugees when it granted a blanket exemption to those who qualified but would not provide reasons why it was limited to a period of four years. V.4048
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Government brought brief relief to Angolan former refugees when it granted a blanket exemption to those who qualified but would not provide reasons why it was limited to a period of four years. V.4049
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How home affairs plans to collect and use your personal data
07. Jul. 2017 Business Tech
  Home Affairs closed this weekend as wage dispute continues
07. Jul. 2017 Traveler 24

One of the key proposals of the document is a complete restructuring of Home Affairs, taking steps towards becoming completely self-sustainable. V.4042
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Cape Town - If you were planning to collect your passport, smart-card ID or visa documents on Saturday, best you make alternative plans. V.4044
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Constitutional Court protects rights of detained immigrants
30. Jun. 2017 The Citizen
  Constitutional Court protects rights of detained immigrants
30. Jun. 2017 The Citizen

This despite the fact that it will now become very expensive to process the arrests of undocumented migrants. Lawyers for Human Rights (LHR) has welcomed a unanimous Constitutional Court ruling upholding the rights of all detainees " also alleged illegal immigrants " to access our courts. V.4040
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This despite the fact that it will now become very expensive to process the arrests of undocumented migrants. Lawyers for Human Rights (LHR) has welcomed a unanimous Constitutional Court ruling upholding the rights of all detainees " also alleged illegal immigrants " to access our courts. V.4041
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Industry reacts to Rwandan permit increase
27. Jun. 2017 Tourism Update
  Home Affairs faces 50 new lawsuits every week
27. Jun. 2017 IOL

Rwandas permit hikes may be in response to the surge in high-end tourism development. The recent doubling of Rwandas gorilla permits from 0 to rdaddphp 500 has resulted in concerns from some operators over the potential impact of the increase. V.4038
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Johannesburg - The Home Affairs Department is being slapped with about 50 cases of litigation on a weekly basis, deputy director-general for institutional planning and support Thulani Mavuso said. V.4039
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