IMPACT – HIGH
What is the change? The South African Government has released its anticipated White Paper that provides a policy framework for comprehensive review and overhaul of the country’s immigration system and the introduction of significant changes over the next two years.
What does the change mean? The White Paper is intended to bring South Africa’s immigration system up to date and calls for strategic management of all aspects of migration to further the country’s economic goals – from the entry and departure of foreign nationals, to attracting critical skills and investment, to promoting regional integration and addressing refugee populations, and enforcing compliance regimes.
Changes requiring only administrative action will take effect immediately; changes requiring legislative approval will be included in legislation to be submitted to Parliament by March 2019.
Key business immigration proposals:
Background: The White Paper details many of the proposals that were first outlined in a Green Paper that the Department of Home Affairs released last year and reiterates the policy objectives of systemic overhaul of the immigration system.
BAL Analysis: The White Paper’s policy objectives and proposed changes have far-reaching implications for South African employers and multinational companies that rely on foreign talent. Companies should anticipate significant changes to the country’s immigration regime in the coming two years.
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