ANNOUNCEMENT 26 May 2014

In May 2014, the government of South Africa announced a change for the labour market access of foreign workers.

NUMBER OF INTERVENTIONS

1

  • 1 harmful
  • 0 neutral
  • 0 liberalising

SOURCE



Government Gazette no. 37335 (the draft regulations were implemented without amendments): http://www.gov.za/documents/download.php?f=209748
AllAfrica, 2 June 2014, 'South Africa: Govt Tightens Immigration Rules': http://allafrica.com/stories/201406021982.html?page=2
Affected trading partners: http://www.statssa.gov.za/publications/P03514/P035142012.pdf


Inception date: 26 May 2014 | Removal date: open ended
Still in force

Labour market access

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)

AFFECTED SECTORS

 
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AFFECTED PRODUCTS

 
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