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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.

South African Business Permit

South African Business Permit If you’re thinking about starting your own business in South Africa, the application process does typically about 3-4 months to process your visa. In our experience it’s advisable to apply for your business permit in South Africa as South African Embassies are likely to deny your application and with the new rule changes about to be passed,…

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South African Volunteer Visa

South African Volunteer Visa A Volunteers visa is usually issued to a foreigner who has enrolled and been accepted at a Volunteers organization for a period of 6 months or more. Foreigners qualify if they agree to work for a legitimate organization without being paid and should be in position of an acceptance letter from the organization. The Volunteers visa is issued …

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Why Dominica Citizenship?

Why Dominica Citizenship? This question may have or may not have crossed your mind recently. This piece is intended on giving more information to those who are considering making a move to Dominica via this type of offer. The Commonwealth of Dominica is offering Economic Citizenship with PR, Citizenship and Passports to a certain amount of qualified applicants, which i…

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Administrative fines for overstaying in South Africa

Administrative fines for overstaying in South Africa Any foreigner leaving South Africa after his/her visa has expired will be responsible to pay a fine ranging between R 2,500.00 to R 3,000.00 to the Department of Home Affairs, when an immigration officer notices your visa has expired. Neglecting to pay the fine will implicate matters for you in future as immigration o…

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Visit Visa Extension not issued in time... How about applying for a Retirement Permit instead!

Visit Visa Extension not issued in time? How about applying for a Retirement Permit instead? Do you visit South Africa regularly and usually apply for a Visit Visa Extension so you can remain in the country for up to 6 months at a time? This could include foreigners visiting family members, property owners who want to stay for extended periods of time, and retired peopl…

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The Golden residence permit programme

The Golden residence permit programme New legal provisions now allow for the possibility of applying for residence permits for those who wish to pursue investment activities and who regularly enter the country (beneficiaries of Visa exemptions and holders of valid Schengen Visas), by creating jobs, transferring capital or acquiring real estate. Holders of GRP’s (Golden…

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Top Five Great Things about the SA Retirement Visa

Top Five Great Things about the SA Retirement Visa 1. The Retirement visa is a 4 year multiple entry visa. It is great for those expats who want to spend 6 months in South Africa and the rest of their time at home or off travelling. Most of our clients have family here or love the South African summers and intend to purchase a holiday home. This visa is a no fuss easy v…

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6 Tips when going to Home Affairs

6 Tips when going to Home Affairs When submitting your application to the Department of Home Affairs, we always need remember that we need to have our ducks in a row and avoid being on the bad side of the Immigration officer behind the counter receiving your application. 1. Never ever go to Home Affairs without your passport. This will cause unnecessary travelling and yo…

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Retirement Permit

Retirement Permit A retirement permit is usually awarded to a foreigner who plans to retire in South Africa and has the means to qualify in the form of pension, irrevocable annuity or any form of investment. In order to qualify for the retirement permit, a foreigner needs show proof that he/she has a lifelong income that amounts to R 20,000.00 per month or R 40,000.00 …

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What is the Cyprus Investment Residency Program

What is the Cyprus Investment Residency Program This program can be summarized in the following manner. The Requirements • You will need to own a private residence in Cyprus, which must be worth more than 500.000 Euros (this amount excludes VAT). • All applicants must have a completely clear criminal record from the country that they come from. • All applicants must…

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New Immigration Draft laws delayed

New Immigration Draft laws delayed Everyone is anxiously waiting for the new laws to be implemented by the Department of Home Affairs and as we all expected this would come into effect as from 1st April 2014. Home Affairs has offered the public an opportunity to comment on this law changes up until Friday the 28th February 2014. Home Affairs has made no public comment as…

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Check the status of your visa/permit

Check your status of your visa/permit It’s your first time in South Africa and you’ve recently submitted your temporary residence application to the Department of Home Affairs and you’re anxiously waiting in anticipation for the 60 – 80 day waiting period for home affairs to process your application. Now you’re able to track your application in 4 ways to give you peace…

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The Inns and Outs of Australian Citizenship Part 2

The Inns and Outs of Australian Citizenship – Part 2   Proof of citizenship This is a guide to applying for evidence of your Australian citizenship. Anyone who has been included in or had a certificate that states you are an Aussie citizen can apply. If you think that you could be a citizen, but are not sure of your status, you may also apply. You may not request thi…

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Australian Human Rights

Australian Human Rights   When was the Commission set up? The Commonwealth Parliament was responsible for setting up the Australian Human Rights Commission in 1986. Their goal is to foster protection of human rights in Australia, to foster a better understanding and to address the concerns of a range of groups and individuals. They are an independent organisation, who r…

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No first time submissions to be made in South Africa

No first time submissions to be made in South Africa Are you thinking about submitting an application to the Department of Home Affairs on a Visit Visa in South Africa? If your answer is yes then you need to hurry up and submit while you have the right to do so. As most of us heard that Home Affairs are set to introduce new immigration rules in 2014, which one of these …

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Interviews by Inspectorate

Interviews by Inspectorate If you are in the process of applying for a spousal/life partner visa then it best you prepare for the interview process before submitting your application to the Department of Home Affairs. In 2013 the Department of Home Affairs has introduced the interview process for all spousal and life partners visa to clamp down on the number of fraud ma…

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Frequently asked questions about Quota Work Permits

Frequently asked questions about Quota Work Permits As we all know the Department of Home Affairs has drafted a new set of Immigration laws and one of those drafted laws has been to remove the Quota permit and Exceptional Skills permit to be replaced by the Critical Scarce Visa. To all those who qualify under the Quota permit, apply now while you can and this will be is…

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The Inns and Outs of Australian Citizenship

The Inns and Outs of Australian Citizenship – Part 1 Australian citizen by birth In order to be classed as an Aussie citizen by birth, you will have had to be born in Australia before the 20th of August 1986. If one of your parents was a consular officer of any other country or if they were entitled to diplomatic privileges, you may also be classed as a citizen by birt…

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Home Affairs refuses to issue me a Student Visa

Home Affairs won’t issue me a Student Visa   I’ve been accepted to study part-time at a South African education institution and I have collected all my documents required to apply for the student visa but the Department of Home Affairs refuses to issue me a student visa. Long distance learning or commonly referred to as part-time studying is not accepted by the Depart…

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The Department of Home Affairs outsources Immigration

The Department of Home Affairs outsources Immigration to VFS Not too long ago, The Department of Home Affairs and VFS Global held a meeting to enlighten all Immigration practitioners about the process moving forward and how outsourcing immigration would take place. As most of us know, The Department of Home Affairs has been seeking new ways to speed up the processing o…

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