Ministerial discretion in extending intra-company transfer permits

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Home Affairs Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula will use her discretion in extending the duration of the Intra-Company Transfer Permit for skilled immigrants seeking to work in South Africa.

The permit facilitates the transfer of key personnel employed abroad in a business that operates in a branch, subsidiary or affiliate in the Republic of South Africa.
This is currently issued for two years.

Cabinet agreed on this after receiving a report from the minister on the implementation of the Immigration Regulations.

International companies raised concerns recently on South Africa?s immigration laws, saying it could hamper the country?s move to accelerate economic growth.

With the country currently undergoing a massive "skills revolution', Cabinet?s resolution is seen as enhancing the implementation of the Joint Initiative for Priority Skills Acquisition (Jipsa), which seeks to identify critical skills needed for economic growth.

Government spokesperson Joel Netshitenzhe said cabinet had resolved that clear policy guidelines should be developed urgently on transit visas.

In addition, it also agreed that the drive to improve turn-around times for the processing of permits should be intensified and that "special capacity' should be created in the Department of Home Affairs to deal with the issuing of Permanent Residence Permits.

Mr Netshitenzhe said the minister of home affairs would regularly report to cabinet on issues relating to the immigration regulations.

By Thapelo Sakoana - BuaNews

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