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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.

Professional Accreditation Bodies and Councils for Critical Skills

Professional Accreditation Bodies and Councils In order to qualify for the Critical Skills Visa, one of the main requirements is to register with a professional council specific to your occupation. Submitting your application to the Department of Home Affairs without proof of registration would lead to a refusal of your Critical Skills Visa. Most professional council …

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What is the “Free Assessment” offered by New World Immigration?

What is the “Free Assessment” offered by New World Immigration? If you are looking to immigrate to South Africa but not sure where to start or what to do, then its best you request a Free Assessment from New World immigration to see which temporary long stay visa you best qualify for. Many applicants often delay the immigration process due to lack of knowledge or too of…

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DA letter: Part 2 of Hellen Zille’s discussion of the effects of the new immigration legislation

DA letter: Part 2 of Hellen Zille’s discussion of the effects of the new immigration legislation On Monday we published part one of three instalments of a letter authored by DA leader and Western Cape Premier Hellen Zille. In the first instalment of the letter Ms Zille wrote, “Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba will tell you the regulations are there to protect us. He…

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Everything you need to know about applying for your South African Visitor Visa 2014 -2015

Everything you need to know about applying for your South African Visitor Visa 2014 - 2015 South Africa is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. The country offers some of the most spectacular scenery and is packed to the brim with adventures, great food and top hotels. According to the South African Department of Home Affairs every application for…

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10 Handy tips when applying for the General Work Visa 2014-2015

10 Handy tips when applying for the General Work Visa 2014-2015 1. Can I apply for the General Work Visa before securing employment? In order to secure a General Work Visa, you first need to secure employment in South Africa before the General Work Visa is issued to you. Your chances are greater if you explain in your interview that you are in the process of applying f…

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Did you know about the latest changes to the Australian Skilled Migration Program

Did you know about the latest changes to the Australian Skilled Migration Program? By Estelle Vosloo The month of June has seen some notable changes to the Australian General Skilled Migration programme that you should take cognisance of. The most important changes are: The occupational ceilings have been announced for the 2014-15 year. There have been some significa…

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What are the conditions for successfully obtaining a South African Business Permit 2014 - 2015

What are the conditions for successfully obtaining a South African Business Permit? 2014 - 2015   Are you a foreign national wishing to invest in the South African economy by expanding or establishing your business on South African soil? Then read this helpful article specifying the requirements. Obtaining your Business Permit by using the efficient team at New World …

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Frequently Asked Questions about Spousal/Life Partner Visas 2014-2015

Frequently Asked Questions about Spousal/Life Partner Visas 2014-2015 1. I am married to South African? What type of visa would I qualify for? If you are married to a South African or SA permanent resident then you qualify to apply for a spousal visa and the main requirement for a spousal visa is your marriage certificate. 2. I’m not married to my partner but in a per…

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DA Letter: New Immigration Rules

DA Letter: New Immigration Rules Part 1: DA leader Helen Zille, in her own words, about the new immigration rules: “[travellers] are now turned into criminals by this clumsy and ill-conceived legislation.” By Estelle Vosloo I an open letter Western Cape Premier and Democratic Alliance leader Helen Zille called on the South African government to seize their passive ag…

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I would like to know if I qualify for the Critical Skills Visa 2014 - 2015

I would like to know if I qualify for the Critical Skills Visa 2014 - 2015? A Critical Skills Visa requires no time frame of experience, but however depends on the applicants qualifications. Please not that the Critical Skills Visa requires no experience but most South African professional bodies might have their own set criteria in place for each occupation. Why app…

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What you need to know about South African Work Visas

What you need to know about South African Work Visas You may not apply for a change of status if you intend on applying for a South African work visa and you currently using a Tourist visa or Medical visa in South Africa. This means you need to lodge your application abroad in your country of residence at the responsible South African Embassy. The processing times for …

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Australia will be switching to a new medical service provider for migrant screening later this month

Australia will be switching to a new medical service provider for migrant screening later this month. By Estelle Vosloo “To protect the Australian community from public health and safety risks, you must be free from a disease or condition considered to be a threat to public health or a danger to the Australian community in order to meet the health requirement,” says th…

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Are interested in participating in a South African exchange programme?

Are you a foreigner, younger than 25 and interested in participating in a South African exchange programme? Read this to get your visa process going. EXCHANGE VISAS are issued to foreigners who are under the age of 25 and would like to participate in one of South Africa’s exchange programmes. These state managed cultural, economic or social exchange programmes are perfe…

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What is a Notarial Contract and why do I need one for a Life Partner Visa?

What is a Notarial Contract and why do I need one for a Life Partner Visa? “The notarial contract is a formal agreement entered into by a South African citizen/permanent resident and a foreign partner, notarised by a South African notary, setting out the details of their rights and privileges in terms of their relationship. There is no standard format for this notarial …

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How to successfully apply for a Study Visa

How to successfully apply for a Study Visa If you are not a South African resident interested in studying at one of South Africa’s top tertiary educational institutions you will need a Study visa which will be valid for the duration of your course. If you plan to go to any South African school the visa issued to you would be valid for 36 months and if you will be studyi…

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What is a Treaty Visa and do you qualify?

What is a Treaty Visa and do you qualify? Are you planning on visiting South Africa to participate in a program that both your home country and the South African government are participating in or have agreed upon? If so you could qualify for a Treaty Visa. Documents required for the successful processing of this visa: • A completed application form which is availabl…

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Applying for a South African Relative Visa for a direct family member

Applying for a South African Relative Visa for a direct family member New World Immigration has had years of experience in helping families lawfully life and work in South Africa when one member of the union does not have South African citizenship. Approaching the South African Department of Home Affairs to apply for a Relative Visa can be a daunting task but we know w…

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Minister of South African Home Affairs is happy with public discourse around new immigration laws

By Estelle Vosloo While the Department of Home Affairs have already lost more than one court case brought against them in terms of the new travel and immigration laws Minister Malusi Gigaba says the department plans to defend the laws and will also be appealing this court ruling. Minister of Home Affairs Malusi Gigaba earlier this week said that the South African Departm…

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Are you struggling to schedule your online appointment with VFS?

Are you struggling to schedule your online appointment with VFS? We understand that applying for your temporary residence visa is a daunting and complex process which ultimately leads to frustration and delays in submitting your application. To add to the confusion, Home Affairs has contracted VFS to manage South African visa applications. Now to make matters worse, Ho…

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You could qualify for a South African Permanent Residency Visa

You could qualify for a South African Permanent Residency Visa. Living and working in South Africa is a privilege you could be part of if one of the following applies to you: • You have held a general work visa for at least five years and you are permanently employed. Section 26(a) of the act. • You would also qualify if you have a relative’s visa sponsored by an imme…

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