Friday, 19 September 2014

New Visa rules in South Africa

If you’re an avid traveler, and you simple enjoy hopping from place to place, you’re going to have to know the new Visa rules that were changed in May this year.  Some of the new regulations require you to plan ahead and provide documents, so if you’re planning on entering or departing from South Africa here are the major changes to take note of if you want to avoid any hassles.

 Life partner and spouse visas 
If you wanted an application for a temporary or permanent residency the government used to want proof that spouses or life partners were together for at least five years, now this has been changed to two years, but an interview needs to be attended to make sure your relationship is legit.

 Changing visa status while in SA 
The application period has been changed from 30 days before the expiry of the current visa to 60 days. If you are a traveler using a visitor’s visa in South Africa, you now need to leave and apply in your own country, another hectic change is that if your visitor’s visa has expired you will need to get legal advice about leaving South African, because you may end up getting banned for one, two or five years.  

 Business visas
The recent change now means your business visa will only last for three years and you will need to get a recommendation letter from the Department of Trade and Industry.

 Critical skills visa 
The Quota and Exceptional skills work permits have been replaced by the Critical skills permit, here is the list of critical skills.

 Intra-company visas 
This visa is available for four years, although you will have to be employed for no less than six months before you are able to transfer to South Africa.

Administrative fines and fines for overstaying have seen a huge increase; also if a foreigner’s visa expires they face a ban for one, two or five years.

Some have called these new visa rules unnecessary and unconstitutional, Robbie Ragless, the CEO at New World Immigration says “These changes have been implemented to hastily.” But now we can only wait and see how travelers adapt to the new visa rules.

If you’re one of those keen travelers and you need transportation, give Airport Shuttle a call and they’ll take the stress out of getting to and from Cape Town International Airport., not only that but they can drive you to any great accommodation like the luxurious, comfortable and affordable 808 Cartwright.

Written By: Christine Romans

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