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.

The Benefits of a Canadian Visit Visa

A Visit Visa is not really a common type of visa that many countries have, or at least advertise. But it is a great option for those who are looking to explore a new country to be sure that they are making the right decision to immigrate there. A Visit Visa is a visa that offers an extended stay to allow anyone the option to stay in the country for a few months to get a general idea of their potential new home.

One country that offers this is Canada. They do this to allow potential citizens and migrants to see if they enjoy Canada and to explore the various cities to find their new home.

The Benefits

The Visit Visa is great because it allows people to do so many things that they wouldn’t be able to do with a short stay. It allows people to:

  • Get a sense of the true workings of their prospective city.
  • Build a circle of friends and a community.
  • Get used to the laws of the city, as well as the roads.
  • Experience a change in climate.
  • Find prospective means of employment and understand the job market.
  • Find a place to settle down and plant new roots.
  • To deal with culture shock and homesickness.

Having A Better Chance

By taking full advantage of your stay in Canada, of course within the parameters of your visa, you can fully immerse yourself in Canadian culture. This will allow you to have a great experience, while being able to make an informed decision about your future. It will also leave you with the added benefit of adding confidence to your decision. Another great feature is that you will not feel so lost and overwhelmed by a new environment while you’re trying to settle in.

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Uprooting your life can be a very intimidating and an exceptionally long journey. Rather be safe than sorry with great confidence in your immigration. Make the most out of your adventure by applying for a Visit Visa to Canada, as well as a variety of other countries in the world. Contact PM Immigration for all your immigration and emigration needs!

What is the Best Age to Immigrate?

Whether they follow through with it or not, just about everybody considers the possibility of immigration at some point or another. It’s a wide world out there with plenty of places to settle in, and there is something about the human spirit that craves new beginnings, adventures and changes.

But immigration is not an activity to be taken lightly, many immigration applications come alongside some stringent requirements that for some, cannot be overcome easily. In such cases, you need to have few to no responsibilities, plenty of room for growth, and enough energy to start a new life, somewhere else. This begs the question of which age-groups fair the best when looking to move abroad. The answer is not so surprising; youth counts for a lot.

Immigration is Easier Before your 30s

There’s something about leaving the comfort of your 20’s that changes a lot about life. In terms of immigration, those below this age are far more likely to submit a successful immigration application than those who are older. Even with the applications aside, waiting past your 30s to immigrate can make things a little more complicated. Finding employment and settling down with all your creature comforts can be a challenge. While immigrating after your 30’s have arrived is doable, those under that age will find the going far smoother.

Having Responsibilities Complicates the Matter

Tying on to the age factor, having an assortment of responsibilities like debt, a home, pets and especially children, makes the process of immigration a little more complicated, not only for the person looking to immigrate, but also with regards to their application. Since, in modern times, people tend to put off having  children, moving  out and accruing debt until they have gotten the most out of their 20’s, this is also the age where immigration becomes a little easier.

The Youth have Room to Grow

In terms of what you have to offer your destination country, and with regards to how well you handle the whole experience of immigration, the youth have quite a bit more to offer, simply because they still have a lot of developing and changing to do.

Those in their twenties are not yet set in their ways, making the cultural shock of immigrating more of an adventure than a hassle.

Furthermore, embassies know that younger candidates are able to adapt culturally, socially and professionally, meaning that they likely have more to offer; and so they stand more of a chance of a successful application.

Contact PM Immigration for Details

Of course, with the right assistance, people can immigrate at just about any age. To find out more about how our team of immigration law specialists here at PM Immigrationare able to assist you with your application, contact us today. For additional details, feel free to take a look at our website.

Visa Amendment highlights

  1. The new Critical Skills list is expected to be released in April 2019 – The Department is currently engaging with the respective Government Departments and Business Sector for their input.
  2. Permanent Residency for graduates within the Critical Skills Sectors is being further promoted to retain these skills, this will include temporary resident Critical Skills Work Visas for graduates not opting for Permanent Residency.
  3. 10 year Business Visas for BRICS countries issued within 5 days. These applications further may be submitted via courier. This is aimed at boosting investment from countries such as India and China.
  4. Visa free travel I being negotiated with numerous countries across Africa, the Middle East, Eastern Europe and the Caribbean.
  5. Ease of travel for minors to promote tourism.



Unabridged birth certificates scrapped in time for festive season

As the festive season approaches, the department of home affairs will scrap regulations requiring parents travelling with minors to present an unabridged birth certificate at ports of entry.

Speaking at a media briefing on Tuesday, Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba said minors will still require the consent of both parents to leave the country. Children may travel however, with a birth certificate and a minor passport, which is in the process of being rolled out, and is in line with section 18 (3)© of the Children’s Act .

Rules from 2014 had stipulated that minors had to carry an unabridged birth certificate and have parental consent to travel.

In an interview with Radio 702 last week, David Frost, CEO of the Southern Africa Tourism Services Association said, “We know in the first year when the unabridged certificate requirement was being placed, 13 000 people were being turned away from points of embarkation but the real cost is people considering South Africa as a destination, coming across the requirements and then simply going to alternate destinations.”

Foreign minors will not have to carry parental consent and birth certificate with the new visa amendments. However, their parents will have to carry the documentation for their children, and travellers will have the opportunity to prove parental consent or relations to the child.

These changes, Gigaba promised, will be implemented “in good time before the festive season”.

“The department of home affairs, is committed to managing immigration in a way that advances our national development, security and our international obligations,” Gigaba said.

“It is a challenge inherent in immigration management to protect, prevent and act against these risks,” Gigaba added.

In an effort to retain critical skills, the government will make it easier for international graduates to stay in South Africa.

If an international student studied and graduated with a critical skill in South Africa, they may be eligible for permanent residence. Gigaga said however, “If you pursue a course outside the critical skill list, you will have to follow the normal steps to gain permanent residency.”

However, the list of what constitutes being highly skilled has yet to be discussed or finalised.

The changes had been finalised during a September 19 Cabinet meeting. These include changes to regulations applying to foreign minors travelling to South Africa, visa waivers, and relaxation of visa requirements for certain countries namely Nigeria, China and India.

According to Gigaba, travellers from India and China will be issued a 10-year multiple entry visa within five days of application, instead of the previous five-year multiple entry visa.

“We play a critical role in admitting over 10-million international visitors annually, which includes tourists, investors and neighbours,” said Gigaba. “Millions of jobs are sustained by the economic activity generated by these travellers.”

Gigaba said he wanted to make travel for visitors who support the growth of the economy as easy as possible, “while guarding against travellers who do not abide by our laws, those who overstay and persons associated with transnational threats such as organised crime, human trafficking, and terrorism.”

Other changes include an e-visa and e-gate. The latter will be piloted at Cape Town, King Shaka, and OR Tambo international airports to allow returning South African citizens, and trusted travellers — international travellers who visit South Africa frequently and do not have a criminal record — to use a self-service kiosk, lessening the number of people interacting with an immigration officer.

Gigaba said that South Africa was developing a biometric control movement in order to clear travellers quickly on arrival. The system has been piloted at Cape Town, Lanseria and OR Tambo and King Shaka airports. It has also been piloted at six of the country’s key land ports and processes are at an advanced stage to overhaul systems at land ports that have led to congestion.

“These measures have the potential to boost tourism and make business travel a lot more conducive. Tourism continues to be a great job creator and through these measures we are confident that many more tourists will visit South Africa,” President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Friday.

Source: Mail and Guardian

Call for naturalisation applicants to update details

The Department of Home Affairs has called on all foreign nationals who have applied for citizenship through naturalisation to approach offices where they lodged their applications so that they can urgently update their contact details.

The department is concluding its adjudication processes to be followed by induction and naturalisation ceremonies scheduled to take place in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng in August.

“The department has noted that in some instances application processes take longer than expected, resulting in some of the applicants changing their contact details or even losing them. This has proven difficult for the department to reach a number of the applicants,” the department said.

Applicants for naturalisation are urged to constantly check their status of application or progress with the office of application as approved applications that require signing of “Declaration of Allegiance” will only be valid for a period of six months from date of approval as appearing on 035.

Any expired period of signing the “Declaration of Allegiance” will be considered as non-compliance. The application process would immediately lapse and an applicant for naturalisation would be required to lodge a new application.

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