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The confusion around current immigration issues in South Africa continues as Home Affairs announces that Zimbabweans will no longer be given a special concessionary permit which allows them to work, study or conduct business on a visitor?s visa. Information is available for HR managers and other employers who need to know about the changes.
Foreigners who live and work in South Africa may be concerned that they will have to renounce citizenship of other countries if they wish to apply for South African citizenship.
South Africa permits dual citizenship, which allows easier access into other countries for those who want to conduct business or work freely in several parts of the globe. However, it is important for travellers who have dual citizenship to be aware that they must always use their South African passport when entering or leaving South Africa.
South Africa, like most countries, allows non-nationals to change from temporary status to permanent residence, provided they meet government criteria. Some situations where a foreigner can apply for direct permanent residence include when they have the relevant work permit, a business permit, when they have relatives who are citizens, and a number of other cases.
The qualifications authority, Saqa, has found that almost 60% of the foreign qualifications they evalute are from Zimbabweans. For nine months last year almost 10 000 Zimbabweans were applying for work permits and required recognition of their qualifications to obtain skilled positions in South Africa.
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