Thursday, January 23, 2014

New immigration act to be available for public comment

Lusanda Bill
23 January 2014

Home Affairs Minister Naledi Pandor today said she will be publishing a draft regulation for the implementation of 2011 immigration amendment act for public comment on the 1st of February. 

Pandor said her department is also working hard in training new professional skilled immigration officers. 

Pandor said the regulation will propose a number of changes to our permit and visa system in South Africa.  Students will now be better served because now they will receive a visa for duration of studying and not an annual visa for studying in South Africa.

On the other hand Minister Pandor said in March her department will start implementing the new births and deaths regulations. 

The Home Affairs Department has started training officials to implement this new act which has improved procedures for acquiring citizenship in South Africa. 

Minister Pandor said last year permanent residents complained about delays in their finalization of their applications.  We established a backlogs project in October 2012 and have successfully processed 25 000 backlogs of applications and issued almost 19 000 permits.  

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