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The New World Immigration Blog provides you with a platform to conveniently gain access to recent news and insightful advice with relation to visa application and immigration information. This blog aims to provide useful content for anyone or business company interested in immigrating to South Africa or Australia. Be open to use this space to comment and share your thoughts on uploaded posts.

When is a South African Permanent Residency Permit Refused

This serves to protect the country’s citizens from people who have a history of not abiding by laws and regulations thereby posing a threat to themselves and our South African society. The South African Department of Home Affairs is very clear about what they considered reasons to prohibit a person from gaining access to the country. These include; You are infected w…

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Scarce Skills Work Permit

The best jobs in South Africa, and you qualify for a Scarce Skills Work Permit

Scarce Skills Work Permit

Moreover, the industry faces a severe skills shortage. To address this shortage the South African Department of Home Affairs compiled and published a list of occupations seen as essential for the country’s future growth. The Scarce Skills Work Permit was designed specifically to address these n…


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The Intra-Company Transfer Work Visa – as explained by the DHA

Foreign nationals, who qualify, may apply for either a general work visa, a critical skills work visa or an intra-company transfer work visa. Selecting the appropriate visa depends on the nature of the work a foreign national plans to undertake in South Africa. As a foreigner it is in your best interest to consult a professional immigration consultancy in this regard. Your…

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South African Work Visas for Metal Fabricators

Metal Fabricators are featured on the critical skills list and are in dire need in South Africa. Applicants who qualify for this visa will receive a five year multiple entry work visa, with the option of adding accompanying dependents to his/her visa. Benefits in applying for this South African Work Visa? • No job offer required for this visa • 12 months to secure emp…

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Minister Gigaba is doing what it takes to ensure the safety and rights of South Africans and migrants alike.

The South African Minister of Home Affairs, Maulsi Gigaba has since the inception of his term in office been a mover and a shaker. While some insist his strict new immigration policies will affect the country, specifically the tourism sector, negatively, the fact is, 6 months down the line there has been no evidence to substantiate these fears. Recently a survey leaked …

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South African Work Permit Requirements for Mechatronics Technicians

What are the South African Work Permit Requirements for Mechatronics Technicians? • Mechatronics technicians must register their occupation in South Africa with a professional body and provide proof of registration to the Department of Home Affairs. • All foreign qualifications must be assessed by SAQA to find out if your qualifications are on par with South African st…

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Home Affairs unmoved by report on new visa rules

Grant Thornton auditors who conducted the survey subsequently leaked the report they compiled to The Times. The report is said to warn that more than 100,000 jobs in the tourism industry could be lost and revenue of R2.4bn as a result of the regulations. Yet minister Gigaba has stood firmly in his decision that the new visa regulations would not be changed regardless of…

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South African Work Visas for Materials Engineering Technologists

If so, then you’d be delighted to know that the Department of Home Affairs has recently introduced a South African work visa that allows you to seek employment in South Africa for a period of 12 months. The South African work visa more commonly referred to as the critical skills visa allows applicants who are featured on the critical skills list to legally work and live…

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NEW VISA REGULATIONS TO BE IMPLEMENTED IN CURRENT FORM

Earlier this week Gigaba met with the Western Cape Parliament's Standing Committee for Economic Opportunities and Tourism today to discuss the impact of the new immigration regulations on the province’s economy.

NEW VISA REGULATIONS TO BE IMPLEMENTED IN CURRENT FORM

These, widely criticized, regulations make it harder for foreigners to travel to South Africa and stipulate children must travel with unabridged birth certificat…

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Do you qualify for a Fitter and Turner Visa

The Department of Home Affairs including the South African Embassies abroad are currently issuing South African work visas to foreign nationals who are present on the critical skills list. The critical skills list aims to fill certain skills shortages in South Africa by inviting skilled applicants who qualify to contribute to the South African economy. This visa is iss…

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Proposed changes to the Subclass 457 Visa in Australia could mean that finding a job there will become easier.

The 457 visa allows employers to recruit overseas workers when there are no suitable Australians or permanent residents to fill the position. Since 2013 with the introduction of labour market testing and other changes it has been more difficult the meet the 457 visa requirements. Labour market testing regulations applicable in many 457 visa cases means that employers mu…

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Electronics Engineering Technologist Work Permits for South Africa

Electronics engineering technologists are featured on the critical skills list for South Africa, so this means that qualified foreign nationals can apply for a critical skills visa. Do I qualify for a critical work visa for South Africa? Foreign nationals who are interested in applying for a critical skills visa must complete the following: - Evaluate all foreign qual…

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Over 195 000 Zimbabweans applying for extended special visas

According to report by SAPA more than 195 000 Zimbabweans have in recent weeks applied to remain in South Africa under the new Zimbabwe Special Permits dispensation, the home affairs department said Tuesday. Almost another 50 000 were expected to do so by months' end. "In October, we received up to 5 000 applications a day and therefore the department is confident that…

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Visas for Diesel Mechanics in South Africa

If you’re a qualified diesel mechanic and looking to immigrate to South Africa or currently working in the Republic with a valid temporary residence visa then you qualify to apply for a critical skills visa. Diesel mechanics are featured on the critical skills list for South Africa which is regarded as a scarce skill and South Africa is in desperate need for highly qualifi…

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Australian trade union says it supports 457 visa holders

“For years now, unions have been standing up, not only for Australian workers whose right to jobs and training opportunities have been ignored by those employers who prefer to take the easy option of the 457 visa programme,” he said. “For our part, the union movement is proud of the role we have played in advocating on behalf of all workers affected by the 457 programme…

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Guide to apply for a South African Police Clearance

We have many clients wanting to find out how to apply for a South African police clearance quickly. Here is something we have learnt being in the industry. 1.    Have fingerprints taken You can do this at any police station OR at her nearest South African Embassy The person who takes the finger prints must sign the document This original fingerprint document must be give…

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Civil Engineering Technologists wanted in South Africa

If you’re a foreigner and qualified to work as a civil engineering technologists then you’re wanted in South Africa. The critical skills list which has been published in June 2014 by the Department of Home Affairs aims to fill the huge gap of skills shortages in South Africa. Applicants whose occupation has been featured on the critical skills list may qualify to apply for…

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Australian investor and 457 visa changes set to be widely welcomed

The Australian business community has welcomed the newly announced changes to the 457 Temporary (Skilled) Work Visa. These changes include streamlined processing of low risk 457 visas and refocused compliance and monitoring activities for high risk sectors as well as reformed sponsorship requirements to reduce the time and cost to business. This means that the 457 visa…

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South African Work Visas for Chemical Engineer Technologists

Chemical engineering technologists may qualify for a South African Critical Skills Visa if they meet the minimum criteria. Chemical engineering technologist are featured on the critical skills list for South Africa and the Department of Home Affairs welcomes all foreign chemical engineering technologist to live and work in SA for a period of 5 years. An application for …

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South Africa's Scarce Skills and Work Permits

How do I know if my occupation is listed on the Scarce Skills list? You need to verify whether your profession or competency field falls within the schedule of categories that is published for that year. You also need to meet the proper qualification and experience requirements. Speak to one of the NWI consultants who will be able to help you with more information. How…

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