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Immigration Law

Immigration & Refugee Law refers broadly to national government policies (as contained in Statute) which regulate the immigration of people into a country. This area of law deals with, amongst other things, foreign citizens, the legal status of people (e.g. residence and domicilia) and citizenship.

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Most recent Articles posted

‘Fake marriages’ contributing to massive visa backlog

Home Affairs Minister Aaron Motsoaledi has noted that fake marriages are on the rise in SA, adding to the challenges faced by the department as it tries to clear up a major backlog in visa applications.

Illegal immigrants lose detention case

Gauteng High Court (Johannesburg) Judge Dunstan Mlambo has ruled in favour of Home Affairs Minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi following an application by a group of illegal immigrants that their detention at the Modderbee Correctional Services Centre in Benoni was unlawful and against the Immigration and Refugee Acts.

Home Affairs’ memo restricting visas hits a nerve

The Department of Home Affairs has told international visitors hoping to extend their stay by a further 90 days that they must leave two months earlier than they would otherwise have expected.

Motsoaledi warned of contempt for ignoring court order

Home Affairs Minister Aaron Motsoaledi could find himself in contempt proceedings this year after failing to comply with a court order to review a foreign worker’s prohibited status, notes Business Day.

Home Affairs accused of sabotaging visa applications

SA’s immigration landscape has changed drastically over the past 18 months, bringing with it a host of new hurdles that have become a nightmare for businesses to navigate.

‘Prohibited person’ gets second chance at visa

The Western Cape High Court has granted a second chance to Robert Arthur – declared a ‘prohibited person’ by the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) – to have his status reconsidered after it emerged that the reason for the declaration was based on an error.

ZEP decision unlawful, unconstitutional and invalid

The decision by the Minister of Home Affairs to terminate the Zimbabwean Exemption Permit programme has been declared unlawful, unconstitutional and invalid, reports GroundUp.

Automatic loss of SA citizenship unconstitutional

The SCA has dismissed the Gauteng High Court (Pretoria) order which stripped South Africans living abroad of their citizenship. It ruled that legislation, which led to the loss of SA citizenship when acquiring other citizenship, was irrational and unconstitutional.

Home Affairs to explain remote working visa delays

The Standing Committee on Finance, Economic Opportunities & Tourism has secured confirmation from the Department of Home Affairs that it will appear before the Western Cape legislature to explain the delays in implementing a remote working visa.

Home Affairs explores new visa categories

The Department of Home Affairs says it has started laying the groundwork for new visa types to be introduced in SA, in a bid to attract skilled workers.

Business wants Ramaphosa to overhaul visa regime

A major overhaul of SA’s visa regime is needed, and during his upcoming investment conference, President Cyril Ramaphosa should address the issue, according to Business Leadership SA (BLSA), reports Fin24.

Russian woman wins visa battle

A Russian woman who was declared a prohibited person after she was found in possession of a fraudulent work visa, has won her court bid against the Department of Home Affairs with costs, to remain in the country pending her application for status.

Hurdles in applying for citizenship reinstatement

With the number of South Africans emigrating reported to have soared, many are applying for foreign citizenship over permanent residence to cease tax residency in SA –and so avoid paying tax here while living and working in another country.

ConCourt to decide fate of jailed Ethiopian activist

The Constitutional Court has agreed to hear a cry for help from jailed Ethiopian human rights activist Beneyam Deselegn Ashebo, who is detained at Kgosi Mampuru Prison in Pretoria because he is in SA illegally.


South African Nationals are looking at acquiring a second citizenship and passport for their families and themselves in record numbers. A second citizenship and passport can be for immediate use or as a “plan B”.


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SA passport climbs up the ranking list

SA’s passport power went up in the past year as Egypt can now be accessed visa-free, reports the Daily Maverick. South Aficans can now visit 106 destinations visa-free – out of 227 measured by Henley & Partners for its annual passport ranking and Global Mobility Report.

Zimbabweans seek interdict against SA banks, schools

The Zimbabwe Exemption Permit Holders Association (Zepha) heads to court this week seeking an urgent interdict to stop banks and schools in SA from harassing Zimbabweans who are under threat of deportation once the Zimbabwe Exemption Permit (ZEP) system expires in 2023.

Fresh lawsuit over Zimbabwean Exemption Permit

The Department of Home Affairs is facing another lawsuit relating to the looming termination of the Zimbabwean Exemption Permit (ZEP).

Disgraced actress banned from visiting SA

A Lithuanian actress has been deported after she tried to abuse SA’s immigration laws, reports The Citizen. Leva Andrejevaite, who was born in Russia, arrived at the Cape Town International Airport in a private jet without a visa on 28 April.

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