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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.

Canberra, Australia is the easiest place to live says the OECD

If you were planning at setting down roots in Australia, Canberra should be at the top of your list of cities to consider. This is according to reports in one of America’s most respected publications Canberra might just be the easiest place in the world to live. A recent report issued by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, and published in the Ne…

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Department of Home Affairs said service levels will be drastically improved within five years

In a radio interview this morning on SaFm’s Forum@8 South African Minister of Home Affairs, Malusi Gigaba, spoke about the necessity of obtaining unabridged birth certificates for all under aged children. The minister is conducting a national tour in which he plans to meet with Department of Home Affairs’ staff to discuss issues around leadership, professionalism and ho…

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How to Apply for Permanent Residence in South Africa

If you have decided to live in South Africa permanently you are probably considering applying for a Permanent Residency Visa. New World Immigration answers some of the most frequently asked questions about the South African Permanent Residency Visa. In this blog we focus on the types of visas but read more about applying for a South African Permanent Residency Visa in tomo…

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Your Australian Spouse Visa

Is the love of your life living in Australia? We take a look at what this visa will allow you to do. First off you must be legally married to your partner at the time of lodging your application as your partner will more than likely be your visa sponsor. If you were married in a country other than Australia and that marriage is valid in that country, generally it will b…

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Nobel laureate summit cancelled over Dalai Lama visa debacle

New World Immigration reported last week that the South African Department of Home Affairs had decided not to grant the Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama’s visa application. This is the third time in five years that the Dalai Lama’s visa application had been rejected by the South African government. Previously the Buddhist monk had tried to apply for a visa to att…

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Law discriminates against poor families!

Industry role players says that certain aspects of the new South African visa legislation could be unconstitutional as it could be excluding the poor and discriminating against families wanting to unite families but are unable to show an income of at least R8500 per month.   Some migration experts believe the new law, which prescribes that only applicants should have R…

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Do you qualify for a Critical Skills Visa?

Are you highly qualified and do you possess a scarce skill that is in dire need in SA? (View Critical Skills List) The critical skills occupation list is divided into 12 occupation categories: • Agriculture, Agricultural Operations and Related sciences• Architecture and the Built Environment• Information Communication & Technology • Engineering• Health Professions …

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Australian Government considers 22 changes to visa requirements for skilled foreign workers

The Australian Federal Government is considering 22 suggested changes to the country’s skilled migrant visa. This comes on the back of an independent report and subsequent suggestions by a panel of 4 labour and economic experts submitted to the Australian Department of Immigration and Border protection. Reports in the Australian newspaper The Guardian this week stated …

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Have you been thinking about retiring in South Africa?

South Africa offer potential retirees the high quality lifestyle, value for money and climate that they’re looking for. With excellent retirement facilities, top notch medical care and a sure way to stretch your retirement-buck, South Africa remains a popular retirement destination for foreigners from all over the world. New World Immigration took a look at some of the …

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South African Department of Home Affairs says Biometric requirement is here to stay

While the South African Department of Home Affairs recently announced the postponement of the implementation of some of its new visa requirements the Department have stated that bio-metric visa requirements are here to stay. Late last month South Africa’s Minister of Home Affairs, Malusi Gigaba, announced that the visa rules requiring adults traveling with under aged ch…

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Zimbabweans in South Africa urged to get their permits in order

With applications for the new Zimbabwe Special Permits opening tomorrow Zimbabweans in South Africa have been warned that those without the correct documentation would be deported from the Republic. Zimbabwean nationals who remained in South Africa and after failing to acquire their Dispensation for Zimbabwe Project permits in 2010 will be forced to leave the country. …

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South African Department of Home Affairs says they are willing to meet with UK lawmakers over new SA visa regulations for British Diplomats.

South African Home Affairs says it is not ‘on its knees’ over British travel regulations and ‘keeps an open door’ on discussing the matter. At a press conference on Thursday, 25 September 2014 the South African Minister of Home Affairs, Malusi Gigaba spoke about the newly imposed visa and travel regulations that will affect British officials and Diplomats visiting South…

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Announcement: South African Department of Home Affairs is ready to process the Zimbabwean Special Permit

Announced on Thursday, 25 September, Minister of Home Affairs Malusi Gigaba said in a press statement that the South African Department of Home Affairs is now ready to start processing the Zimbabwean Special Permit applications. On Thursday Gigaba said to the press, “On the 12th of August, 2014, I announced the establishment of the Zimbabwean Special Permit (ZSP) of 201…

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Industrial Designers can now apply for a critical skills visa!

The Department of Home Affairs combined the quota permit and exceptional skills permit to form the newly introduced critical skills visa. DHA released the new critical skills occupation list which currently has more than 100 occupations that is badly needed in South Africa. (View critical skills occupation list) A foreigner who possesses a skill that is deemed critical …

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Everything you need to know about the Australian Significant Investor visa

Australia is always very welcoming of people interested in being significant investors into their country. A Significant Investor visa does not require the applicant to complete the English Language proficiency test. There are no upper age limits for this visa and applicants need not satisfy the Australian innovation points test. But, in principal, only applicants who are …

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South Africa imposes new visa rules for UK officials

In response to the UK’s imposition of visa requirements on all South Africans in 2010, Department of Home Affairs minister, Malusi Gigaba, yesterday announced that South Africa will now enforce similar travel regulations on British nationals. In what is set to be a tit-for-tat move by the South African government British officials and politicians will soon be required t…

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Industrial and production engineers (SA)

Industrial and production engineers are in high demand in South Africa. The Department of Home Affairs recently introduced the critical skills visa allowing highly skilled applicants to apply for the 5 year working visa. Industrial and production engineers must meet the following criteria to qualify: • 1 x occupation featured on critical skills occupation list • Regis…

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Find the right South African visa for you

New World Immigration speaks to visa applicants every day and we understand that applying for a visa could be a confusing and intimidating process! But with our experience and training we take the guess work out of choosing the best South African visa solution for you. Do you need medical treatment in South Africa? A medical visa is a visitor’s visa issued to people wh…

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Frequently Asked Questions about the South African Work Visa

1. Do I qualify for a Critical Skills work visa?Foreign nationals are asked to confirm that their profession is listed on the schedule of categories which is published by the South African Department of Home Affairs. Applicants will also be required to meet all the additional specifications and requirements of qualifying for a work visa. 2. Where can I find more informa…

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South Africa needs highly qualified geologists!

The Department of Home Affairs has recently replaced the quota permit and exceptional skills permit with the new critical skills visa that boasts more than 100 occupations that are in dire need in South Africa. New World Immigration can assist qualified geologists who would like to live and work in South Africa for 5 years, with the option to renew or apply for permanen…

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