Readers unsettled by proposed immigration law changes

2014-02-28 11:26
Cape Town - Far reaching changes that have been proposed to South Africa’s immigration laws have unsettled many citizens, especially those in long-term relationships with foreign nationals. 

The changes are due to come into effect on 1 April 2014. Jess Green, who runs Immigration South Africa, confirmed the new regulations will mostly affect foreign nationals wanting to work, study, run businesses or be with loved ones in South Africa.  

Foreign national partners of South African citizens could find themselves having to move when the new five-year cohabitation requirement comes into effect. Formerly the requirement for was having been together for three-months.  

“If a couple has only cohabited for three years and the foreign national’s life partner permit runs out, then they will not be able to renew it,” says Green. 

Apart from this, Green also said that the proposed changes also raise the question of how the inflow of valuable foreign skills will be affected, since the Exceptional skills visas is set to be scrapped. 

Read more about the new laws here

We asked our readers what they thought of the proposed new laws and received a rather mixed response. Most, however, seem to be quite unsettled by the changes and unsure of how it will affect their personal lives.

This is what they had to say:

Directly affected

Leonard Klopprs -
I am a SA citizen and have a Chilean partner that has been trying for 3 years to get a work permit.  How can they ad new changes if we can’t already cope with the current system. Put all efforts in to home affairs in the city center that place is a joke.

Liz Thamae -
I am a south african citizen lady ;I 've been living with my foreign partner for four years;and he is a wonderful dad to my son ;so what i need to know is what must we do to avoid him being deported ;he is from mozambique. 

Garika Chipende -
This rule is breaking marriages who is gona support my kids and my wife. .

MP Juma
- Some of us have kids with those foreigners and they have contributes economically. So the fact that our government thinks they are doing this to spite foreigners it actually has more impact on us who are married and have kids with them. We will be left with nothing. Who will take care of me ad my kids? Maybe the government has some idea on that.

Stupid law

Qxtsa -
More dumb laws.. They should make a law that says any minister or parliament member's salary should not exceed 20 000 with ZERO benefits.. Then we will see proper laws

- Oh please! I'd love to see how they plan on implementing this on the South African borders to our "neighbours". They're probably going to implement this for people coming from other continents instead.

Matthias Wobrock -
 It's terrible for tourism because less people will make the effort to apply for visas (especially wealthy Australians, Americans and Europeans) to travel and spend their money here.  

It's terrible for the economy because there is already a massive lack of skills so not letting skilled foreigners fill these gaps will hinder economic growth even more. There's a reason western countries are competing for the most skilled foreigners to grow their economies, improve their research and create jobs.  

And the 5 years of living together condition is, as the article states, most likely unconstitutional. Some of these people are already married with children and are just going to be kicked out based on this. How can you prohibit a South African to be with the person they want to be with?

Good move

Bastille French -
I don't mean to be evil or anything. But, our immigration laws need to be stringent. How can a country like switzerland, a country with the higher GDP per capita, have immigration laws that make it damn impossible for immigrants to gain entry into their country, while our middle income mzantsi has to provide a home to approximately 6 million immigrants, many of whom are adding to demands for free health, housing. This is not fair, but, I hope these same immigrants, will not forget the welcoming atmosphere of their adopted home.

Thabang Joseph Tshabalala
- It's about time, they should have done it long time ago. Now we have suffer because of this uncontrollable foreign nationals.

Sasa Gopane - This will assist in the influx of foreign immigrants being monitored. Also it's good that visas will be applied for personally.  It really is a huge change and a good step to the right direction. .

Musa Wandze - I would like to say this is one good thing about our govement since 1999. I wish they can check security companies too many foreign nationals there who does not have even work permits. 

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