Friday, May 30, 2014

New Immigration Regulations come into effect

Loyiso Langeni
30 May 2014

Minister of Home Affairs Malusi Gigaba has announced several amendments to the Immigration Regulations of 2014 which came into effect of the 26th of May. 

Under the new regulations the word visa replaces the word permit expect for the permanent residence permit. 

Minister Gigaba said from now on every child must possess his or her own passport. 

“We have an obligation to ensure that every child who travels in and out of our country can be identified and that child’s parents can also be identified we need to be strict to protect our children

We have an obligation to ensure that we contributing in the global campaign against the abuse of children through smuggling trafficking and pornography. Every child travelling in and out of South Africa must be in position of their own passport.”

Minister Gigaba said the amendment of the Immigration Regulations of 2014 states that no business visa may be issued or renewed to a foreigner, who intends to establish or invest in a business that is listed as undesirable business undertaking. 

Minister Gigaba said we need to continue ensuring the effective and efficient management of migration in the interest of the security of the country.

“Part of modernizing Home Affairs and strengthening its security elements is to ensure that we are able to have clarity who is coming in our country, what are their details, what are their biometric details so that we can provide our country with security and provide our visitors with security whilst they are travelling into our country and whilst they are also in South Africa.” Gigaba added. 

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