The real risks of immigration non-compliance

immigration non-complianceYou’re sending an employee to Namibia to close a business deal. The deal will bring in millions for the company, so you’re determined to get that employee on a plane before the offer deadline.

You’re well aware that business visas can take a while, and you’ve never before run into any trouble, so you’re seriously considering sending your employee over on a tourist visa.

“What’s the worst that could happen”, you ask yourself? Most likely your answer is ‘getting a fine’.

Here we urge you to stop. Read more The real risks of immigration non-compliance

Meet the Team: Marius de Beer

Marius de BeerMarius de Beer joined the Intergate team in September as our Senior Corporate Consultant. He’s spent nearly 14 years working in immigration, both in the UK and right here in South Africa, with previous employers including Fragomen and EY. This track record meant hiring Marius was an easy choice to make.

Here we get to know him better…

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Where to invest in Africa in 2018: Africa’s most attractive investment destinations

where to invest in africaThe seventh edition of Rand Merchant Bank’s (RMB) Where to Invest in Africa report marks the first time South Africa has not taken the top spot.

Instead of first place, South Africa has moved down to number two on RMB’s list. Top honours has gone to Egypt, mainly due to its superior economic activity score.

Other countries that have slipped down the rankings are Nigeria and Algeria. Both countries are out of the top 10 in 2018.

Read more Where to invest in Africa in 2018: Africa’s most attractive investment destinations

ZEP Permits for Zimbabweans in South Africa: What employers should know

zep permitsOn Friday, 8 September, the Minister of Home Affairs, Prof Hlengiwe Buhle Mkhize, announced and introduced the new Zimbabwean Exemption Permit (ZEP permits).

This news brought relief to Zimbabweans across South Africa.

While the ZEP is also only a temporary solution, it does at least offer Zimbabweans on ZSPs the opportunity to extend their stay in South Africa.

To employers it means the ability to retain Zimbabwean employees. Also a huge relief!

Here’s a roundup of all the most important details you should know as a South African employer:

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5 Tips for South African companies who want to employ foreigners

employ foreignersEmploying foreigners differ vastly from employing South Africans. When you employ foreigners it involves a hefty amount of paperwork, rules, regulations and, unfortunately, waiting.

Our aim is to help you understand the process so that you can prepare better. That’s why we want to share these five tips with you:

1. Know your responsibilities

There are definite do’s and dont’s when employing foreigners.

Read more 5 Tips for South African companies who want to employ foreigners

The responsibilities of South African schools with foreign learners

South African schools and their responsibilities related to foreign learnersAre you the principal of a South African school with foreign learners? Or perhaps the admissions manager? Do know what your school’s responsibilities are in this regard?

It is important that you do.

Any school unfamiliar with all of their responsibilities as per South Africa’s Immigration Act might find itself on the wrong side of the law!

Responsibilities upon acceptance and registration at the school

When a learner is accepted, or provisionally accepted at the school, the school must issue an official letter to the learner confirming:

Read more The responsibilities of South African schools with foreign learners

Need to have a foreign employee audit done? We’ll come to you to do it!

foreign employee audit intergateYou might have seen us mention foreign employee audits before – or perhaps you have not. And in this case you’re perhaps asking yourself what this is and why you would need one.

Let us explain…

Our foreign employee audit is a process by which we check that your foreign employees are employed in accordance with South Africa’s immigration act and have up-to-date documents.

This is to help you avoid stiff fines from the Department of Home Affairs!

The great thing about Intergate’s employee audit (apart from potentially saving you thousands of rands) is this – it’s free and our team will come to your office to do the audit. All you have to do is give us a call to book your audit.

Read more Need to have a foreign employee audit done? We’ll come to you to do it!

Do you understand the different cultures you see at your office?

different cultures your officeStats SA recently released figures for documented immigrants in South Africa in 2015.

A total of 75 076 temporary residency permits were approved, of which 12 354 were work visas. Permanent residency were awarded to 6 397 immigrants of which 4 354 were for immigrants on work permits. This means over two-thirds of the issued permits were acquired using the work category status.

Why is it important that you know this?

From the figures above we can see there are more than 16 000 immigrants working in South Africa. That means more than 16 000 people working in South African companies with cultures different to ours.

Being sensitive to these differences could benefit your business immensely. It could lead to greater teamwork and better productivity. Read more Do you understand the different cultures you see at your office?