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Tips for companies looking to secure a critical skills work visa

On June 20, 2019 / Tips for companies looking to secure a critical skills work visa / Leave a comment

The critical skills work visa is a permit issued to applicants in possession of exceptional skills or qualifications that are scarce in South Africa. The need for foreign skills has become more and more prevalent due to skills shortages experienced globally. We often recommend pursuing a work visa in the Critical Skills category due to...

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Home Affairs asks United Nations for help with Refugee backlog

On June 6, 2019 / Home Affairs asks United Nations for help with Refugee backlog / Leave a comment

The Department of Home Affairs has approached the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) to help it clear the 150 000 refugee status appeals backlog, according to Director of Asylum Seekers, Mandla Madumisa. The SAHRC subpoenaed the Home Affairs Director-General to address complaints that the department takes an inordinately long time to process asylum applications...

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Short-term work authorization restricted to 180 days per year

On May 30, 2019 / Short-term work authorization restricted to 180 days per year / Leave a comment

The Department of Home Affairs has issued a directive that restricts short-term work authorization (known as the Section 11(2) endorsement to a visitor’s visa) to 180 days per calendar year. Additionally, in-country renewals of short-term work authorization will be limited to one per year, and a “cooling off” period will be applied to prevent applicants...

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