South Africa – Permits Foundation Responds to White Paper on International Migration05 March 2018
Permits Foundation has responded to South Africa’s White Paper on International Migration, which was published by the Minister of Home Affairs, MKN Gigaba.
In general, we welcome the White Paper, which acknowledges the advantages of migration to development in South Africa. In particular, we applaud its recognition of the need for a new fast-track, long-term visa for migrants with the necessary skills, investment and business interests, which will also allow family members to work and study without applying for a separate visa.
In our response, we have urged the government once more to include those covered by the current intra-company transfer visa, along with the critical skills visa, when they define the categories covered by the new visa.
At Permits Foundation, we aim to stay in touch with the authorities and closely monitor whether our recommendations will be reflected in the final policy proposals.
Internationally, more than 30 other countries now grant a right to work for spouses of intra-corporate transferees or other highly skilled staff. South African families benefit from these measures when assigned abroad.