New SA Immigration Act: What a clever law. Not.

2014-06-26 15:40
Cape Town - News24 Travel reader Ross Hutchinson says he shudders to think what will happened when his family heads to the UK in August, as he has been waiting more than three months for his temporary resident visa.

"We are in a similar position and anticipate the worst unless an intelligent judge brings Home Affairs to its senses. I am married to a South African and we have a four year old boy born in South Africa. I am British.

I have had a temporary resident visa since 2010 which had to be renewed. 3 months later I am still waiting for it. We are supposed to be going to the UK in August for a month. I contacted Home Affairs who would not give any information on my visa – I was just told to ”call back in a month”.

I was also told that if I did not have one I will not be able to come back into the country and will face a fine. Obviously we can choose not to go to avoid being split up, however we cannot get the cost of plane tickets back (this a lot of money). Also, we would really like our family to see our son. We have decided that if the visa does not come through we will all go back and live in the UK.

My partner and I are both tax payers here and we have a business which employs about 10 staff. We will have to close the business. I fail to see how I am deemed undesirable when I am bringing up a South African citizen, paying tax and creating employment for others. South Africa will lose tax income and 10 people will lose their much needed jobs – all of our employees have families. Plus the government will lose the tax and VAT our business pays. I never thought as a tax payer I would be called ‘undesirable’ .

It also means that other South Africans and their foreign spouses will never return to live here, meaning key skills will not come back to this country. I also expect people in a similar position to us will choose to leave too. Very sad. What a clever policy.

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