New visas and e-Visa countries for South Africa

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The Department of Home Affairs wants to get the ball rolling on new visas in the next three months.

The Department of Home Affairs has committed to finalising the implementation of new visa types in June of this year, with the State Law Advisor approval process already underway.

However, these visas, and a wider push to draw skilled labour to South Africa, have been key points in president Cyril Ramaphosa’s State of the Nation Address for the last two years. Home Affairs has drafted and implementation plan for the introduction of these visas, as recommended by the report. A consultation document is expected to be completed by the end of the first quarter of the financial year , with a whitepaper expected to be submitted to cabinet by the end of the fourth quarter .In the meantime, the DHA said it will also continue rolling out an e-Visa system, which will place technology at the centre of operations by making it easy and secure to enter and depart South Africa.


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