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Immigration laws... damaging and costing us money!

18 June 2014, 12:52
Dear News24,

My husband, Matthew Kearns, has a pending application/submission with Immigration since April 2014.

We applied (with the assistance of NWI) for a Spousal visa as we frequently visit my family in SA. Since then Matt's Tourist visa has expired. Matthew is a New Zealand national and we thought the spousal visa would be the first steps towards Residence. At the time of application, we were informed that the application did not prohibit travel and he merely had to show his proof of application at Immigration desks. 

We have been married for 8 years, owned property in SA since the early 2000's and we hope to one day settle here. Had we known these laws or rules were to change drastically without even a notice or amnesty period, we would never have considered this as we have businesses in Africa and travel frequently.

We were recently told that whilst his application is with Immigration, any attempt to leave SA would result in a ban! This is bordering on inhumane. We have urgent business matters to tend to in June and feel that our freedom and constitutional rights are being jeopardised by some impulsive whim. There is clearly no logic.

At the moment, we are really stressed as Matthew's dad recently underwent heart surgery and what if he got sick again?Are we to sit around waiting for some clarity whilst our father dies? Its disgusting.

I hope you can help us to find clarity and resolution through media and public pressure.

Kind Regards

Michelle Kearns
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