The PM Immigration Pty Ltd News page is used to circulate newsworthy items for individuals considering immigration to South Africa as well as individuals currently living in South Africa. These posts are aimed at keeping you informed about topics and issues related to immigration, immigration procedures, immigration applications, VISA updates and more as the information becomes available to us.

5 Great Reasons to Live and Work in the USA

Many of us grew up watching Hollywood blockbusters that gave us a vicarious taste of what it must be like to live in the United States (minus the giant robots, aliens and super-heroes, of course), and for a good few people, it created in them a dream of someday taking a bite out of the Big Apple or gazing over the Grand Canyon. They say that the USA is the land of opportunity, a melting pot of people from all walks of life and cultures; and you too could be a part of that excitement. But besides the so-called American dream, there are several good reasons to make a go at starting a life over there. Here are five of the best ones (as if you needed any convincing).


Employment Opportunities Abound

The USA has one of the most stable employment rates, with a percentage of unemployed residences of only just over 5%, a number which has barely grown over the past 3 years. There is also a wide range of choices between jobs for those with the skill, experience or determination.

A Stable and Growing Economy

It might seem alien for a South African to consider an economy as stable and sustainable, but there is a good reason why the US Dollar is the chosen currency for investments and currency exchanges all over the world; it is a remarkably strong currency which represents a stalwart economy. Which makes personal growth an easier thing for you to achieve.

A Very High Standard of Living

The population of the United States are notorious for an exorbitant standard of living. They are a nation of consumers and producers, and as such, have been rated at the top country (in terms of OECD Nations) for their ratings on standards of living. Big houses, luxurious foods and more electronic devices than you could ever hope to get your hands on characterise the way of life in the States, so why not become a part of that.

An Incredibly Diverse Ecosystem

The United States is massive, and it is made up of a diverse collection of ecosystems, terrains, animals, birdlife and plants, many of which cannot be seen anywhere else in the world. If seeing what beauty this world has to offer is something that drives you, then you will definitely want to take in the natural beauty in and around the United States.

Leaders in Science and Innovation

The United States boasts the world’s most impressive collection of internationally recognised scientists, entrepreneurs and innovators. Whether they were originally US citizens like Stephen Hawking, or immigrated to the country like Professor Michio Kaku, there is no denying that some of the planets greatest minds and scientific facilities are in the US.

Contact PM Immigration Today to Learn More

If you would like to know more about how you can immerse yourself in American culture by making a start in the US, either to work or study, contact one of our representatives at PM Immigration today, or visit our website for further details on our offers.

Common Reasons Why Australian Partner Visa Application Gets Refused

No Evidence of a Relationship between the Applicants

The first reason is lack of evidence to prove your marital relationship a genuine one in the eyes of immigration. For instance, you don’t have any pictures together, no joined bank accounts, no records of previous text messages or phone calls, you didn’t travel together or the sponsor never even came to see you in the country you stay in. You cannot provide solid details of the relationship, or the details do not match up. All are clear reasons for a refused visa.

Inconsistency in information provided to the Department

If you give Immigration a dishonest or bogus documentation, this will result in you being qualified for the public interest criteria. An example of this would be, when you try to create a fraudulent divorce certificate from your previous marriage, fake marriage certificate from your country, or fake information and documents to show the evidence of your relationship and thought that Immigration might not be aware of or verify it. You would be entirely wrong, mainly because every little bit of information you provide, and all documents you submit will go through their legitimate and honesty check.

 Inability to show the commitment to each other due to significant, age, cultural and social differences

Abnormal differences between partners may encourage suspicion of the immigration about your matrimonial relationship. Significant differences in linguistic, age, cultural and social differences between the parties would lead immigration to assume the applicant and sponsor are not in an authentic relationship, as they may not even know each other.

At PM Immigration our team combines unique core capabilities and strengths with years of experience in various fields and industries and we’ve put them together to create a trustworthy, dependable group of representatives working for you and allow the specialists to help you.

Firms with foreigners doing work incompatible with visas can be fined

Institute for Race Relations CEO Frans Cronje said it was always a good thing to attract highly skilled migrants, particularly those who start businesses.

The head of immigration at Immigration & Business Solutions, Sue-Allan Mehl, told The Citizen there was a serious skills shortage in South Africa in a number of fields.

Yet it seems from the Gupta e-mails that the Department of Home Affairs barely understands its own paperwork, issuing visitors visas for people coming to work here and work visas for people in one capacity who are ultimately employed in another.

Mehl agreed that if the company was raided and the paperwork – as issued by Home Affairs – was at odds with the employee’s reason for being here, this would create a problem for the company.

“The company can be fined and a representative can be jailed as the business would need to prove that they had no knowledge of the person being on the wrong visa. The first thing the human resources department should check is the validity of the foreign national’s visa.”

Mehl noted the time it generally took to issue a visa varied widely, even if the paperwork was in order.

“It depends on where the submission takes place. Some SA submissions abroad take five to 10 working days, others take six to eight weeks. Home Affairs itself takes approximately six to eight weeks to process temporary residence visa applications. We find that critical skills work visa applications usually go quicker.”

Speaking in general terms, Institute for Race Relations CEO Frans Cronje said it was always a good thing to attract highly skilled migrants, particularly those who start businesses, invest or have experience a country cannot reasonably produce itself.

“The example we always quote is that of welders who worked on some of the big power station projects, which were technical artisan type people. We could quite reasonably have trained them ourselves, but we didn’t. For instance, some of the welders who worked on Medupi (power station) were imported from Asia,” Cronje noted.

“In the community around Medupi and Kusile (the other mega Eskom power station project) as well, where you have unemployment rates which approach 50% of the local population, it’s a problem.”

Asylum seekers aggrieved by visa ruling

Asylum seekers may no longer apply for any type of visa while they are in South Africa. They must do so before entering.

So the Supreme Court of Appeal found earlier this week.

The judgment comes after Home Affairs Minister Hlengiwe Buhle Mkhize and department director-general Mkuseli Apleni appealed a previous high court ruling 
that asylum seekers were entitled to apply for visitors and work visas while in the country.

The matter was brought to the Western Cape High Court in 2003 by the Legal Resources Centre on behalf of 13 asylum seekers. It was settled, and an order, which came to be known as the “Dabone Order”, was agreed on between the parties. 

Following the Dabone Order, the director-general soon issued a directive that asylum seekers in possession of a permit could apply for one of the temporary residence permits, as well as permanent residency.

However, on February 3, 2016, the Department of Home Affairs issued a new directive stating that that would not longer be the case.

This lead to the denial of visa applications made by Arifa Musaddik Fahme, Kuzikesa Jules Valery Swinda and Jabbar Ahmed.

Fahme, Swinda and Ahmed became the respondents against the department in the Supreme Court of Appeal matter this week. 

Home Affairs spokesperson David Hlabane said: “We are very pleased with the judgment as the department was of the considered view that the Western Cape Division of the High Court erred in its judgment, and the Supreme Court of Appeal has concurred with the department in this regard.”

“The respondents did not comply with the general rule laid down by section 10 (2) 
of the Immigration Act read with regulation 9 (2) of the immigration regulations that applications for visas must be made abroad.”

Hlabane said the department would oppose an appeal on this judgment as it “fully agreed” with the Supreme Court of Appeal on the matter. 

Tashriq Ahmed, human rights attorney for the asylum seekers, said he and his clients would appeal the judgment.

Ahmed said: “We are definitely going to appeal. We are aggrieved but we always knew this matter would ultimately end up at the Constitutional Court because it is a constitutional matter.”  

He said for the past 13 to 15 years they were allowed to apply for visas and then things suddenly changed, hence they felt this ruling was “not fair”.

Home Affairs Ordered to Re-Open Cape Town Refugee Office

The Department of Home Affairs has been ordered to re-open and maintain a refugee office in Cape Town by March 2018. In a ruling on 29 September, the Supreme Court of Appeal declared unlawful the decision by Home Affairs to close the Cape Town Refugee Reception Office in 2012.

The Legal Resources Centre, on behalf of the Scalabrini Centre, the Somali Association for South Africa and asylum seekers, had appealed against a ruling by the Western Cape High Court in favour of the department.

In a statement this week the LRC said the court had found that the decision to close the Cape Town Refugee Reception Office was ” irrational and unlawful”. The director general of Home Affairs had “ignored relevant factors when making his decision”. “He also failed to properly consider whether the Cape Town Refugee Reception Office was necessary for the purposes of the [Refugees] Act.”

The court found that the Department’s arguments about the difficulty of fnding premises and about the need for substantial additional resources had no merit, the LRC said.


The court had also referred to the international obligations of the Department in providing opportunities for refugees and asylum seekers to exercise their rights.

The department had been ordered to supply the court with periodic updates about progress in re-opening the centre.

“This judgment is crucial in upholding the rights and dignity of asylum seekers and refugees, who have been prejudiced by the policy decisions of the DHA (Department of Home Affairs)”, the LRC said.

Asylum seekers had “struggled immensely” to access basic services since the unlawful closure of the centre in 2012, said Miranda Madikane, director of the Scalabrini Centre..

She said asylum seekers had been forced to travel to the remaining three centres every three to six month while they waited for their claims to be processed. The closure of the centres had undermined the asylum process, Madikane said.


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