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IMPACT – HIGH
What are the changes? The South African government has amended its Immigration Act to further reform and enhance the existing legislation, and soon-to-be-released regulations are expected to significantly impact corporate employers and foreign nationals.
What do the changes mean? The Immigration Amendment Act will change the current work permit regime, require that foreign workers apply in-person, potentially create stricter criteria for labor market testing and intra-company transferees, and impose stiff penalties for non-compliance.
Background: The changes stemming from the Immigration Amendment Act are generally aimed at cracking down on abuse of the current legislation, refining the existing legislation to make it more effective in achieving its objectives, enhancing security and providing stiff penalties for non-compliance.
BAL Analysis: We anticipate that the Immigration Amendment Act will usher in major changes this year. Companies and foreign nationals should plan to confront generally more restrictive rules on work visas and slowdowns as the new rules take effect.
This alert has been provided by the BAL Global Practice group and our network provider located in South Africa. For additional information, please contact GlobalVisaGroup@bal.com.
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