Corporate Immigration Service Africa


Introducing our new immigration services, which cover Southern and Eastern Africa and are aimed at providing a convenient, customer-focused immigration solution for corporations and their assignees - offering efficiency and peace of mind.

With this service, potential customers are offered advice on the most suitable immigration solution to meet their company’s needs. We can take care of the collection of required documents, prepare the necessary applications, assist with the submissions and follows-up on the progress with the relevant authorities until the visas are issued. We also proactively manage possible extension and departure process and ensure that the assignees and their families are compliant with local immigration requirements at all times. We prepare all applications in South Africa ensuring compliance with data protection as well as anti-corruption legislation.

These services include the facilitation of work and residence visa and permits for the following countries: Angola, Botswana, Kenya, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

This new service is offered in partnership with IBN Immigration Solutions, the leading independent immigration advisory firm for southern and eastern Africa.

For more information,  please contact Danilla van Jaarsveldt at Tel: +27(0)11 486-2775 or immigration@germanchamber.co.za

Changes to make it easier for tourists, business people and academia to come to South Africa

Changes to make it easier for tourists, business people and academia to come to South Africa

President Cyril Ramaphosa announced a package last week to stimulate the slow South African economy. The current restrictive visa regulations came into focus and Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba announced the following on 25 September 2018: TRAVELLING CHILDREN

“The key changes will be that rather than requiring all foreign nationals who are minors to carry documentation which proves parental consent and certificates of birth, we will rather strongly recommend that the parents of these minors carry the documentation,” he says. [more]

Business visa for South Africa

Business visa for South Africa

Foreign investors wishing to set up a business or to invest in an existing business in South Africa have the option of applying for a business visa – temporary residence visa based on own business. This type of visa is issued for up to 3 years at a time and allows the holder to establish and operate their business in the Republic.[more]

Is purchasing a franchise a way to obtain a Business Visa for South Africa?

Is purchasing a franchise a way to obtain a Business Visa for South Africa?

For foreigners to start a new business in a foreign country and purchase of a franchise seems to be a very good idea. Franchises offer a strong brand, a clear proven concept and also target a market. [more]

Is purchasing a franchise a way to obtain a Business Visa for South Africa?

Is purchasing a franchise a way to obtain a Business Visa for South Africa?

For foreigners to start a new business in a foreign country and purchase of a franchise seems to be a very good idea. Franchises offer a strong brand, a clear proven concept and also target a market. [more]

South Africa: Important Immigration Update

South Africa: Important Immigration Update

Applications submitted at the embassies are to be processed in South Africa

According to informed rumors the Department of Home Affairs is intending to centralise the processing of all applications in Pretoria, South Africa.[Read more]

SA: Positive Changes Film and Model Industry

SA: Positive Changes Film and Model Industry

The film and model industry is of vital importance for the Western Cape but also actually for Gauteng. The current immigration legislation actually recognized the importance of the industry and created a special three year visa, which is a visitor visa, for employees or professionals working in this sector. In the past, directors as well as models as well as camera men had basically two options to work in South Africa. The first one was the short term work visa, section 11.2, and the second one was also a section 11.1 visitor visa, but a three year one. Usually, the three year work visa was issued in the name of the employer. [Read more]

AIS: Immigration Landscape of Kenya

AIS: Immigration Landscape of Kenya

The immigration system in Kenya works with Visas, permits and passes. Foreigners visiting Kenya are required to obtain a visa unless from one of the visa exempt countries[1]. To create this procedure as convenient as possible, the government introduced its “E-Visa Service” in July 2015, the e-visa process became compulsory from 1st September 2015 onwards. Foreigners can easily apply online through the eVisa section for the purposes of business, family or tourist visits. Furthermore, eBusiness allows individuals owning business to access Government business services online to apply for business licenses, permits and registrations offered by different government departments. [Read more]

Nigeria: Launch of new online service of Federal Ministry of Interior

Nigeria: Launch of new online service of Federal Ministry of Interior

Effective May 7th, 2018, the Federal Ministry of Interior, will launch an online service which will address all avenues of operations and work flow that will commentate on the Citizenship and Business Department of the Ministry of Interior. Foreign Nationals and Nigerians can anticipate some ramifications from this launch. For example, companies must create application file numbers and verification codes to access the online application process. [Read more]

SA: Business Visa

SA: Business Visa

If you wish to establish a business in South Africa or invest in an existing business in South Africa, you have to apply for a business visa. A business visa allows the holder to own and operate a business in South Africa. [Read more]

The business visa is issued for up to three (3) years, and can be renewed. 

SA: Intra-Company Transfer Visa

SA: Intra-Company Transfer Visa

If you wish to work in South Africa as a foreigner, this is possible due to the several work visas available that one can apply for to work and reside in South Africa.[Read more]

SA: Retired Person Visa

SA: Retired Person Visa

Persons wishing to retire in South Africa can apply for temporary residence based on retirement. This visa is issued for up to 4 years and allows the holder to retire in the Republic and reside in South Africa on a seasonal or continuous basis.[Read more]

Bank Accounts in South Africa - some practical comments

Bank Accounts in South Africa - some practical comments

Quite often foreigners are struggling with bank accounts getting blocked due to invalid visas. This often happens when visa extensions are taking longer than expected, the original visa has expired and one is waiting for Home Affairs to process the extension.

SA tends to retain some regulations going back to the apartheid days, where the government controlled everything, especially money flow into and out of SA. I have no idea, and nobody in any commercial bank has any either, why these rules still apply today, as they make very little sense in days of electronic / digital banking, a R10 million off-shore Investment allowance, a R1 million annual travel allowance for South Africans, Bitcoin options, use of foreign credit cards, etc. My suspicion is that it retains jobs at SARB and therefore does not get questioned. [More Info]

Permanent residence for South Africa

Permanent residence for South Africa

Permanent residence in South Africa can be applied for in the following categories:

  • Business
  • Retirement
  • Financial independence
  • Five years of continuous employment in the Republic
  • Critical Skills
  • Spouse/child/parent/first step of kinship of a South African citizen or permanent resident

More information

South Africa: First Amendment of the Immigration Regulations of 2014 – no major changes – yet

South Africa: First Amendment of the Immigration Regulations of 2014 – no major changes – yet

During all our engagements with the Department of Home Affairs in South Africa during the past months, it was made clear that they are working on new legislation as well as regulations but such could should only be expected after our general elections in April 2019.  [ More information]

Getting a South African ID book

Getting a South African ID book

Once you receive your Permanent Residence certificate, it is time to apply for your South African green ID Book.

South African ID Book – Is it really necessary?
Yes, as it is your electronic key to live in South Africa.  [More]

WE MADE IT! – Introducing SOAPBOX SOUTH AFRICA

WE MADE IT! – Introducing SOAPBOX SOUTH AFRICA

For our interview series “We made it!”, we share our clients’ success stories in South Africa. This month we would like to introduce you to Ruben Hazelzet, who moved to Cape Town to work remotely for Soapbox Amsterdam, a marketing company. [More]

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