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  • VFS tentative closure dates

    VFS has announced their tentative year end dates and these dates are as follows - 20 December 2022 - last day of submission of visa applications 21 and 22 December 2022 - open for collections only 27, 28 and 29 December 2022 - open for collections only 23, 26 and 30 December 2022 - closed Tentative date for resumption of services is 03 January 2023. Please note these dates are only but tentative dates for closures and the final dates will be announced soon. Kindly use these dates as guidelines to book your appointments and submit your visa applications as soon as possible. Appointments will become increasingly difficult to book during the month of December 2022. Should you be unsure of the VFS process, please reach out to us via our Contact Form on www.movingsouthimmigration.com. Alternatively, you may contact us on +2773 5357 534 or sue@movingsouthimmigration.com

  • Appeals - when may I oppose a wrongful decision by Home Affairs?

    When a visa application is rejected by the Department of Home Affairs, the applicant may submit a Notice of Appeal if he or she feels they have been negatively affected by this decision. As the application was formally rejected on the system, the applicant may submit a formal appeal by means of a Form 49 with supporting documents at the same office where the initial visa application was lodged. An appeal must be submitted within 10 working days from date of receipt of the rejection. First appeal process: If it is the first appeal that the applicant is lodging, the documentation or cover must be addressed to the Director-General of Home Affairs in terms of Section 8(4) of the Immigration Act, as amended. Upon receipt, the Director-General shall consider whether the decision will be upheld, reversed or modified. If the Director-General decides to uphold the rejection, the applicant will be duly notified in writing. Second appeal process: The applicant may, for good cause, submit a second appeal upon receipt of the Director-General's written decision in terms of Section 8(6) of the Immigration Act, as amended. This appeal, however, must be addressed to the Minister of Home Affairs and the application must be lodged within 10 working days of receipt of the Director-General's rejection. It is very important to note, though, that an appeal can only be lodged if the applicant was wrongfully rejected. An appeal cannot be submitted if an applicant provided the wrong documentation to the Department or needs to add documentation to the visa application. For the latter, we recommend that a new visa application be lodged with the authorities after the 10 working days have lapsed. Lastly, we wish to advise that all appeals, whether it is submitted at a South African mission abroad or within South Africa, may only be adjudicated by the Home Affairs Head Office in Pretoria. For more information about the appeal process, reach out to us via our Contact Form on www.movingsouthimmigration.com. Alternatively, we may be contacted on +2773 5357 534 or sue@movingsouthimmigration.com

  • General work visas and what you should know

    A general work visa may be applied for if an applicant does not qualify for other South African work visas. Although this is the most onerous work visa process of all, it still provides hope for individuals who received an offer of employment from a South African company. Part of the visa process is that the Department of Labour needs to issue a letter of recommendation confirming that - despite a diligent search, a suitable South African citizen or permanent residence holder could not be found for the occupation; the salary that the applicant will earn is market-related and will not be inferior to the salary which a South African citizen or permanent residence holder will earn in a similar occupation; the applicant has the necessary qualifications, skills and relevant work experience in line with the job offer; the contract of employment is in line with the labour standards of South Africa and that the contract is issued on condition that a general work visa is approved and issued. The application for a labour recommendation must be submitted to the Department's provisional office at first. Ater advertising the position in a national newspaper, a site inspection and review from the Head Office, a decision will be made. Should the prospective employer wish not to go through the labour process, they may ask the Department of Home Affairs to waive this particular requirement. An application must be submitted by the applicant, in person, at the South African mission or at VFS in South Africa and will be adjudicated based on merit. To find out more about the general work visa process, please reach out to us via our Contact Form on www.movingsouthimmigration.com. Alternatively, we may be contacted on +2773 5357 534 or sue@movingsouthimmigration.com

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  • Exchange visa

    Welcome to Moving South Immigration A personalized immigration service to private individuals as well as corporate companies. Exchange visa An exchange visa may be issued to a foreigner who – 1) Participates in an exchange programme organized by an organ of state or learning institution in conjunction with another organ of state or learning institution. 2) Is under the age of 25 and has received an offer of employment in South Africa for no longer than one (1) year. Exchange students need to comply with the relevant prescribed requirements of the immigration law. Previous Next Interested in knowing more? Contact us today! First Name Last Name Email Write a message Submit Thanks for submitting! What we do Our service focus shifts between immigration into South Africa. Together with this immigration scope of service, we also offer a Forex, Document Procurement and Legalization / Authentication, Immigration Audit and Compliance service. Tourist visa A tourist visa may be applied for when an applicant intends to visit South Africa for tourism or holiday purposes. This visa may be issued for 30 to 90 days. View More Section 11 (2) visa A Section 11 (2) visa is commonly known as a short-term work visa. This visa is used for short-term projects to be conducted in South Africa for up to 90 days. View More Relative’s visa A relative’s visa may be applied for by a family member within the first and second step of kinship of the South African citizen or permanent residence holder. View More Long-term visitor’s visa A long-term visitor’s visa may be issued to a foreigner who intends to conduct activities View More View All

  • Critical skills work visa

    Welcome to Moving South Immigration A personalized immigration service to private individuals as well as corporate companies. Critical skills work visa A critical skills work visa may be issued to an applicant who possesses the necessary skills, experience and qualifications as set out in the Gazetted Critical skills list. The applicant’s skills must be confirmed by a relevant professional body as recognized by SAQA. Foreign qualifications must be evaluated by the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA). A critical skills work visa may be issued for a maximum of five (5) years at a time. Previous Next Interested in knowing more? Contact us today! First Name Last Name Email Write a message Submit Thanks for submitting! What we do Our service focus shifts between immigration into South Africa. Together with this immigration scope of service, we also offer a Forex, Document Procurement and Legalization / Authentication, Immigration Audit and Compliance service. Tourist visa A tourist visa may be applied for when an applicant intends to visit South Africa for tourism or holiday purposes. This visa may be issued for 30 to 90 days. View More Section 11 (2) visa A Section 11 (2) visa is commonly known as a short-term work visa. This visa is used for short-term projects to be conducted in South Africa for up to 90 days. View More Relative’s visa A relative’s visa may be applied for by a family member within the first and second step of kinship of the South African citizen or permanent residence holder. View More Long-term visitor’s visa A long-term visitor’s visa may be issued to a foreigner who intends to conduct activities View More View All

  • Intra company transfer work visa

    Welcome to Moving South Immigration A personalized immigration service to private individuals as well as corporate companies. Intra company transfer work visa An intra company transfer work visa may be issued to a foreign national who is in possession of a valid employment contract with the overseas entity and who works for the entity for at least six (6) months. The visa holder may only conduct work for the employer stipulated on the visa and must comply with the prescribed requirements in the law. An intra company transfer work visa may be issued for a maximum of four (4) years at a time. Previous Next Interested in knowing more? Contact us today! First Name Last Name Email Write a message Submit Thanks for submitting! What we do Our service focus shifts between immigration into South Africa. Together with this immigration scope of service, we also offer a Forex, Document Procurement and Legalization / Authentication, Immigration Audit and Compliance service. Tourist visa A tourist visa may be applied for when an applicant intends to visit South Africa for tourism or holiday purposes. This visa may be issued for 30 to 90 days. View More Section 11 (2) visa A Section 11 (2) visa is commonly known as a short-term work visa. This visa is used for short-term projects to be conducted in South Africa for up to 90 days. View More Relative’s visa A relative’s visa may be applied for by a family member within the first and second step of kinship of the South African citizen or permanent residence holder. View More Long-term visitor’s visa A long-term visitor’s visa may be issued to a foreigner who intends to conduct activities View More View All

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