South Africa

If in need of a change of scenery and open to diversity, South Africa is the country of choice to commence a new start. If you are looking to immigrate to the culture-rich South Africa the New World Immigration blog intends to provide you with easy accessible information on immigration and various visa applications. Get clued up and make the immigration to South Africa a simple, stress-free experience with New World Immigration.

Immigration Authority to consider points-based system and stricter consideration of citizenship

Serious consideration of an applicant’s merit before they are given citizenship, the abolishment of the permanent residency visa and a points-based immigration system are all being proposed by the Department of Home Affairs to be considered by the House of Parliament. The release of a White Paper earlier this year will see the implementation of a number of progressive c…

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Zimbabweans have grace until 2021

Good news for the more than 200 000 Zimbabweans living in South Africa is that they will enjoy a four-year grace period before they have to apply for South African visas.

Zimbabweans Have Grace Until 2021

The current deadline for the Dispensation of Zimbabweans Project (ZDP) has been pushed back to 2021.


In 2010, under the conditions of the ZDP amnesty was offered to Zimbabweans who had been living in th…

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What the African visa free passport entails

Plans are being tabled that will in the future see foreigners from all over Africa able to travel across the Republic’s borders without the need for a visa. A visa free passport for fellow Africans have been tabled in a white paper with the Department of Home Affairs. The proposal is that fellow African Union (AU) nationals be spared having to obtain a visa to travel in…

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South Africa: Five times more Work, Relative and Business Visas issued

According to the results of a new survey five times more work‚ relatives and business visas applications were received by foreigners entering the country. The survey, conducted by Stats SA, was released last week and showed that after visitor permits‚ relative‚ study and work permits were the most popular among foreigners applying for temporary residency in 2015. Bas…

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Home Affairs minister says her focus is on enforcing the full extent of the law

Protecting our borders is first and foremost, says South Africa Home Affairs Minister Hlengiwe Mkhize, even if that means appearing less welcoming. Speaking in a media interview the minister elaborated saying that the South African government would have to act more ruthlessly when acting against foreigners who contravene immigration policies. The minister added that one…

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South Africa: Foreign nationals urged to get their paperwork in order as Malawians are deported

More than 300 Malawian nationals living and working in South Africa were deported after they failed to produce the necessary legal documents necessary to live and work in the Republic. According to Nyasa Times, Malawi’s deputy national spokesperson for the immigration department, Wellington Chiponde, said that half of the deportees arrived in South Africa on Tuesday and…

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SA working towards Visa Free Africa

According to the latest news reports massive changes to the South African visa system could be on the cards and may soon see nationals from other African countries entering the country without acquiring a visa. In what is likely to be called the “trusted travellers program” the South African Department of Home Affairs is working towards allowing certain regular travelle…

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Who is SA’s New Minister of Home Affairs

On Friday 31 March President Jacob Zuma announced that Prof. Hlengiwe Mkhize has taken over the reins from Malusi Gigaba as Minister of Home Affairs. Gigaba in turn will now head up the Finance Ministry. The appointment of new cabinet ministers in Tourism, Transport, Home Affairs and Finance, present mixed fortunes for the travel and tourism industry says the Tourism Bu…

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South Africa, Stricter immigration laws sees five immigration acts changed and more

Plans by the South African Department of Home Affairs will have far reaching implications on migrants entering the country and those applying for citizenship. Even stricter immigration rules could be on the cards if Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba proposed changes come in to play On Friday the minister, in a press interview, said that the country must begin to stra…

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Home Affairs set to focus on national security

The role of the South African Department of Home Affairs will soon be discussed at the ruling party’s policy conference in June and could see the department shifting their focus from a mostly administrative role to one of national security. Media reports are quoted as saying that the department, under the leadership of Minister Malusi Gigaba, felt it is “wrongly positio…

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