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      • Immigration law in South Africa outlines the existing law applicable to foreigners as reflected in the Immigration Act 13 of 2002, the Citizenship
        Act 88 of 1995, the Domicile Act 3 of 1992 and the Extradition Act 67 of 1962.

        The main changes in South African immigration law:

        1. The employment criteria will state that South African citizens or permanent residency holders must make up 80% of the workforce.

        2. That no business visa (the name is being changed from ‘permit’) will be issued or renewed for any business listed as being undesirable by the minister;

        3. Exceptional Skills permits will no longer exist and will be replaced with a critical skills permit.

        The South African immigration policy is embodied in the Immigration Act which prescribes the below mentioned requirements to be met by an
        applicant wishing to immigrate permanently to South Africa:

        • The applicant must be of good character;

        • The applicant must be a desirable inhabitant;

        • The applicant must not be likely to be harmful to the welfare of the Republic of South Africa;

        • The applicant must not follow an occupation in which there is already a sufficient number of persons available to meet the
        requirements of the country.

        Due to the considerable need for job creation opportunities in South Africa, it can be appreciated that permits cannot be granted for
        permanent residence to persons who are not seriously committed to immigrating to the country and to investing their assets, skills,
        knowledge and experience for the benefit of themselves and the people of South Africa.

        Hi, I’m Kailash Pillay, an attorney from the city of Johannesburg. My passion for the law
        stems from a desire to improve upon the lives of the vulnerable who fall prey to a
        corrupt system.
        I studied at the University of Johannesburg where I obtained my Bachelor of Laws
        degree, the starting point to the long journey of becoming a legal practitioner.
        This profession has taught me to persevere through the complexities of the law and to
        continually develop my skills as a legal professional.