South Africa's Department of Home Affairs has plans to clamp down on holders of business trip visas in the country who have paying jobs in the country. This plan was published as of its first directive for 2019. Marisa Jacobs who is the director at Xpatweb explained that the directive of the Department of Home Affairs is based on the regulation that Section 11 (2) visa is not to be used continuously nor for anything short of 'short term project resources' in the country. She went on to say that the issuing of the directive shows that there has been a constant abuse of the visa scheme by employers who leverage the ease of getting this visa to bring resources into the country. They then go further to continuously extend their visas when they should actually be applying for work visas with longer validity. The Home Affairs directive reveals that the business trip visa can now only be applied for not more than once every calendar year. Its extension will now only happen once and will no longer be valid for more than three months. Jacobs explained that some expats in the country, especially those from countries on South Africa's list of visa-exempt countries, obtain business or holiday visas with the intention of gaining employment in the country.

Employers too should beware

Employers should also ensure that they are not accomplices to such visa violations as the penalty could earn them a heavy fine or even get them arrested depending on the crime. The expatriate involved could be arrested or deported. By this, employers should ensure that their foreign workers have valid work visas before contracting their services. The short-term work visas in question are easy to obtain. It takes between 5 — 10 working days to process and can be extended for another 3 months. With the issuing of the directive comes a more vigilant and diligent Department of Home Affairs which is going to be more watchful and on the lookout for offenders. Stay connected to www.visaweekly.com to get updates on Visa and Immigration news from Australia, Canada, Europe, the UK and, the US!  We will also assist with the better visa process. Please approach us for the smooth and quick visa process.

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