On 26 May 2014, the new South African Immigration Regulations 2014 went into effect, introducing more restrictive policies and a local employment requirement. Under the new regulations, the word 'permit' is reserved for a Permanent Residence Permit only: all other document categories will be called 'visas'. The most important restrictions are:
- Persons who are in South Africa on a visitor's or medical treatment visa may no longer change their visa status while being in the country barring exceptional circumstances
- It will no longer be possible to submit first-time visa applications in South Africa
- Every child is required to possess his or her own passport
- No business visa will be issued or renewed to a foreigner who intends to establish or invest in an 'undesirable business undertaking'
- In order to obtain a business visa, the foreign owner of a company must prove that at least 60% of employees are South African citizens or permanent residents
- Although there are no longer any fines for overstaying the duration of one's visa, a person will be declared 'undesirable' if he or she overstays, and will be barred from re-entering South Africa for a set time period (depending on the length of the overstay, but no less than two years)