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The New Immigration Law Changes - How this will affect you

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New South African Immigration Laws: What does this mean for you?

There seems to be a lot of confusion around the New Immigration Laws coming into play this year. We have collected some of the frequently asked questions relating to each change.

Question: With this new law coming into effect what will happen to permits that were issued last year?
Answer: For applicants who have valid permits in their passports or those that are waiting for permits to be approved, the new law changes will not affect them at all.

Question: Will I be able to renew my work permit in 3 months?
Answer: Yes, any “permit” that you are on new that is able to be extended, can be extended. It might be called a “visa” with your next extension application but this is merely a word change.

Question: Can we still apply for a study permit this year?
Answer: Yes, you can make application for a study permit this year.

Question: How does the change from “permit” to “visa” affect me?
Answer: The word “Permit” will fall away and now temporary residency will categorised as “Visas”. This word change does not affect anyone in any way. It is merely a word change.

Question: I am on a visit visa now and wish to change to a work permit. Can I do so?
Answer: At the moment, yes! However in approximately 3 months this will change. One will not be allowed to Change their status from a VISITORS VISA to another type of visa. One will need to return home and make application in their home country. This is a major change and will drastically change the way the Immigration Industry has traditionally worked. Anyone reading this who is currently on a visit visa and is making plans to change to another type of visa, you must do so immediately.

For further information relating to the Law Changes, please contact us on 021 555 0951 and one of our friendly consultants will gladly assist.

By Robbie Ragless 

 

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