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Immigration South Africa: documentation waiver simplifies temporary and permanent residence visa applications

Good news for South African employers! Temporary and permanent residence visa applications for foreign employees have been simplified following the recent directive issued by the South African Department of Home Affairs.

Posted in: Corporate News, Helpful Resources, Immigration news, News at a Glance
Published Date: 04 May 2023

Immigration Directive No 5 of 2023 aims to reduce the administrative burden for visa applicants by requiring less documentary evidence. Employers stand to benefit from reduced application costs and a simplified application process.

Radiological Report: The requirement for Radiological Reports is waived for temporary residence visa and permanent residence permit applications as prescribed in the Immigration Regulations 9(1)(c) and 23(2)(f), respectively, of the Immigration Act No 13 of 2002 (as amended).

Police Clearance Certificate: The requirement for Police Clearance Certificates is waived for temporary residence visa and permanent residence permit applications and will only be required from the necessary police authorities in each country where the applicant, has resided for 12 months or longer since his/her 18th birthday, during the immediate five (5) year period preceding the date of application.

Previously, applicants were required to submit police clearance certificates for every country they had lived in for longer than a year after the age of 18.

These changes form part of the immigration changes announced by the South African Government earlier this year designed to give South African employers access to a larger talent pool and simplify the immigration process.

Read the original announcement from the Department of Home Affairs

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