SOUTH AFRICA – Update on Zimbabwe Exemption Permit (ZEP) Applications

On 31 January 2018, the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) extended to 15 February 2018 the closing date for payments and submission of supporting documents and biometrics for applications for the new Zimbabwean Exemption Permit (ZEP), at one of the ten designated Visa Application Centres.

This deadline had previously been extended to 31 January 2018. The extended deadline is not for new applications, which had to be submitted by 30 November 2017.

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SOUTH AFRICA – Update on Zimbabwe Exemption Permit (ZEP) Applications

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SOUTH AFRICA + ANGOLA – New Reciprocal Visa Waiver

Effective 1 December 2017, the Department of Home Affairs (DHS) of South Africa will implement a reciprocal visa waiver for Angolan passport holders for visits of up to 30 days per visit, up to 90 days per year.

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SOUTH AFRICA + ANGOLA – New Reciprocal Visa Waiver

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SOUTH AFRICA – Significant Changes to South Africa’s Immigration Laws Anticipated by March 2019

On July 28, the Minister of the Department of Home Affairs released the final White Paper on International Migration. The new White Paper provides a policy framework that will guide a comprehensive review of immigration and related legislation.

Those elements of the new policy that require only administrative action will be implemented immediately. However, those elements of the new policy that require major changes will not be implemented immediately as the amendment of legislation will be required. The process of amending the legislation has begun and is expected to be concluded by March 2019 with the submission of the amended legislation to Parliament for public consultation and approval.

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SOUTH AFRICA –White Paper on Immigration released by South Africa’s Department of Home Affairs

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INDIA – Mandatory Biometric Enrolment for All India Visa Applicants in South Africa

The High Commission of India in Pretoria, South Africa, has announced that applicants for all India visa categories (including employment, tourist and business visas) are required to register their biometric data, comprising fingerprints and facial image scan, effective 17 July 2017.

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HONG KONG – Indian Nationals Can No Longer Apply for Hong Kong Visit Visas at Chinese Consulates

UNITED STATES – USCIS Issues New Guidance on H-1B Work Visas for Computer Programmers

ITALY – Posted Worker Notification Not Required for Intra-Company Transfers

UNITED KINGDOM – New Immigration and Nationality Fees

INDIA – Changes to Visa and e-Visa Framework

MALAYSIA – Expatriate Services Division Announces Reclassification of Employment Pass Categories and Annual Company Registration Updates

NETHERLANDS – Self-Employed Activities Permitted for Highly Skilled Migrants, Students and Scientific Researchers

SOUTH AFRICA and RUSSIA – Reciprocal 90-Day Visa Waiver Implemented

CANADA – Government Lifts Visa Requirement for Brazilians, Bulgarians and Romanians

INDIA – Biometrics Scanning Now Required at Pune, Mumbai and Bangalore Foreigner Regional Registration Offices

AUSTRALIA – Subclass 457 Visa to be Abolished [UPDATED]

AUSTRALIA – Stricter Criteria for Permanent Employer-Sponsored Skilled Migration

AUSTRALIA – Government Announces Stricter Criteria for Citizenship

UNITED STATES – USCIS Completes the H-1B Cap Random Selection Process for Fiscal Year 2018

UKRAINE – Visa Issuance Rules Amended

COLOMBIA – New Yellow Fever Vaccination Requirement

INDIA – Aadhaar Card Required for Certain Foreign Residents

VIETNAM – Authorities Testing Online Work Permit Portal

NEW ZEALAND – Changes to the Skilled Migrant Category from August 2017

SOUTH AFRICA and RUSSIA – Reciprocal 90-Day Visa Waiver Implemented

Effective 31 March 2017, Russian nationals no longer require Port of Entry Visas in advance of travel to South Africa for the purpose of general business, tourism or family visits, and may be issued with a Visitor’s Visa valid for up to 90 days at the port of entry upon arrival in South Africa.

Equally, South African passport holders no longer require visas to enter Russia for stays of up to 90 days for the same purposes.

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SOUTH AFRICA and RUSSIA – Reciprocal 90-Day Visa Waiver Implemented

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SOUTH AFRICA – The Department of Home Affairs Will No Longer Honour or Transfer Valid Temporary Residence Visas Endorsed in Expired Passports

Effective January 2017, the Department of Home Affairs (DHS) of South Africa will no longer honour Temporary Residence Visas (TRVs) issued with a validity period exceeding the foreign national’s passport expiry date, beyond the expiry date of the passport.

In all instances, where the DHA or a South African Mission abroad has issued any TRV with a validity date which exceeds the validity date of the passport, regardless of the period, the DHA will deem the visa to have expired upon the expiry date of the passport. The DHA will also not transfer a valid visa from an expired passport into a new passport.

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SOUTH AFRICA – The Department of Home Affairs Will No Longer Honour or Transfer Valid Temporary Residence Visas Endorsed in Expired Passports

This alert was drafted using information provided by J Fetting Inc. and IBN.