South Africa introduces entry bans for overstaying
ZIMBABWEANS and other foreign nationals who overstay in South Africa will now be banned from entering the neighbouring country as it tightens its immigration regime.
All along, those who overstayed were allowed to re-enter South Africa and apply for permits and visas after being made to pay fines.
However, with effect from Monday May 26, overstaying allocated time in South Africa will attract a ban for a period ranging from one to five years.
Notices have been posted on the South African side of the Beitbridge border post informing those entering and leaving that country of the new changes.
First-time offenders, who overstay for less than 30 days, would be banned from entering South Africa for one year, while second-time offenders who overstay by the same period get a two-year ban and those that overstay for a period exceeding 30 days are banned for five years.
Meanwhile, Global Migration SA yesterday described the newly-gazetted immigration regulations as unconstitutional.
“These new regulations may trigger a raft of litigation with respect to obvious omissions and constitutional issues,” Global Migration SA managing director Leon Isaacson said.
The regulations, which came into effect on Monday, also introduce a new visa regime for South Africa.
The new regulations draw a clear distinction between short-stay visas and long-stay permanent residence permits.
It also stipulates that visa applications need to be made by applicants in person, and those wanting to change the status of their visa can no longer do so in South Africa but have to do so at missions abroad.
“It will be difficult to submit an application from Monday May 26 as the vast majority of the Home Affairs offices or missions abroad are not aware of their responsibilities,” Isaacson said.
“Most [missions] do not have complete requirements lists, they do not know what fees to charge, and neither do they have essential information like lists of critical skills, financial requirements and other elements essential for applicants to make a valid application.”
The provision forcing foreign spouses to prove they had been in a relationship for two years was also deemed unconstitutional by Isaacson. — Sapa/Staff Reporter
- Women Account for Fewer Than 5% of Airline CEOs Around the World skift.com/2014/05/14/wom… via @Skift 6 days ago
- RT @NehandaRadio: Alick Macheso live at Zimbabwe 37th Independence Anniversary Celebrations (VIDEO) - nehandatv.com/2017/04/21/ali… https://t.co/… 1 week ago
- RT @263Chat: 400 GZU students barred from lessons as govt fails to remit fees ift.tt/2pOHeR7 #263Chat #Twimbos #NewsDay #Zimbabwe 1 week ago
- RT @263Chat: Govt unfreezes 2 000 nursing posts ift.tt/2oyFwig #263Chat #Twimbos #NewsDay #Zimbabwe 1 week ago
- RT @nyashalionelmp2: @kubatana @RAUZW @Wamagaisa @advocatemahere @CitizensZW TO AMPLIFY OUR VOICE https://t.co/I9etPRzd2d 1 week ago
- Joshua Nkomo Scholarships opening soon
- 700 Scholarships for 167 Countries by Korean Government 2017
- The Tony Elumelu Entrepreneurship Program
- Five High paying South African jobs that don’t need a degree
- Casual workers for hire
- Casual Worker Database
- Apply for the Muzindahub Digital Training Program
- What do bond notes mean to the ordinary Zimbabwean
- Commonwealth Scholarships for UK universities
- Oxford University Scholarship and Leadership Programme
- How to start a transport business
- Getting a Zimbabwean Passport and ID
- Zimbabwe's Rich List
- How to Buy a Zimbabwean Drivers License
- Importing to Zimbabwe, here are the rates for commonly imported goods
- List of Scholarships for Zimbabwean Students
- How Long Does it take to become an airline Pilot
- Pilot training schools in Zimbabwe
- An all in one guide to starting a transport and logistics business.
- Zimbabwean Broke after winning SA lotto- How to spend $1million in two days
The information included in this blog is designed to provide general information only. While every effort is made to ensure that information provided is accurate, it does not constitute legal or other professional advice. The views of this blog are the personal opinion of the authors and may not represent the views of PBA. The photo's on this site have been provided by various internet sites, provided by external professionals or personally taken by the zimdev team and contributors. We endeavor to also link/mention the original source, but if information or photos have been presented in a negative manner, please let us know and it will be removed immediately.