Tuesday, July 15, 2014

New regulations are chasing away people SA needs

Oscar Thomas
15 July 2014

At the end of May the Department of Home affairs introduced new regulations that make it considerably harder for citizens of other countries to enter South Africa.

The new regulations distinguish between short-stay visas and long-stay permits.

One of the most significant changes is that visa applications or extensions can now only be made at missions abroad where biometrically captured and visas collected.

Spokesperson to the DA leader Ntomboxolo Makoba said part of the problem is that we have no clear idea of how many non-citizens are living in South Africa. Home Affairs admitted last year that they didn’t know.

“We spend more money than 90 million a year on sending illegal immigrants back to their countries. This money would be far better spent on functional prevention than rectification Makoba added.

 

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