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.

South Africa: Home Affairs to tighten the screws on illegal immigrants in the workplace

The Department of Home Affairs issued a formal warning that it will be inspecting South African employers to ensure that employees who are foreign nationals and illegal immigrants are recorded and dealt with according to South African law.  Employees also face steep fines and even imprisonment should it be found that they are not complying with laws surrounding the employm…

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SA Home Affairs could soon require migrants to say why they are leaving

Up until now the South African Government have no idea why citizens are leaving the country when they emigrate but this could soon change if a white paper is tabled at parliament which will propose that South Africans permanently leaving the country must register their reason for doing so. After Australia’s Department of Immigration and Border Protection claimed that it h…

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Expect Improvements at OR Thambo Immigration Control

It seems that improvements to the border post at OR Tambo International Airport are on the cards. Last week Home Affairs Minister, Malusi Gigaba, and Transport Minister, Blade Nzimande, met with Airports Company of South Africa (ACSA) officials about plans to improve the port of entry at the Johannesburg-based airport. Minister Gigaba said to Eye Witness News that he an…

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Controversial Gigaba Back in the Driver’s Seat

President Cyril Ramaphosa’s cabinet reshuffle on Monday moved former Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba back to head the Department of Home Affairs. His last official task as Minister of Finance was to deliver South Africa’s newest budget address. The Minister took the opportunity to announce that the largest reallocation of resources was to make good on former President Zu…

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Zimbabwe Exemption Permit: Deadline Extended

Good news for Zimbabwean nationals working and living in South Africa is that the cut-off date for the new Zimbabwean Exemption Permit (ZEP) has yet again been pushed back.   In order to give Zimbabwean national more time to collate their submissions, payments and supporting documents and biometrics the South African Department of Home Affairs has extended th…

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SA extends deadline in Zim permit application

The closing date for the almost 200,000 Zimbabweans living and working in South Africa to apply for their Zimbabwe Exemption Permit (ZEP) has been extended to 13 January 2018, SA’s Home Affairs Director-General Mkuseli Apleni said on Friday last week. “Due to the large number of ZSP (Zimbabwe Special Permit) holders who have completed the online applications thus far, t…

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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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