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.

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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:

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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.

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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?

Home Affairs: 60% South African employees – or else!

Since May60% south african employees 2014, South Africa business and corporate visa holders must have a workforce with at least 60% South African employees. Additionally, these people must be permanently employed across the business in various positions.

This is, as the Department of Home Affairs has said many times, to protect the interests of South Africans in the workplace.

In a country struggling with a high unemployment rate, this strategy is undeniable necessary.

 

Unfortunately not all business owners adhere to this regulation and now the Department of Home Affairs has announced they are cracking down on businesses who are ignoring the law.

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African business visas requirements tightened in some countries

african business visas requirementsTwo or three years ago, organising a business trip to any other country in Africa didn’t cause too many headaches. Today it’s a different story altogether as African business visas requirements are tightened in some countries on the continent.

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ZSP Permit Update: You could lose valued employees!

zsp permit updateMinister of Home Affairs, Mr Malusi Gigaba recently announced a ZSP permit update, but it wasn’t necessarily what permit holders wanted to hear.

Unfortunately, all Zimbabweans on Zimbabwe Special Permits (ZSP) will have to follow the normal channels of applying for a work or study visa when their permits expire on 31 December 2017.

This means ZSP permit holders must apply for one of the various visas provided for in the South African Immigration Act.

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Read this if you still have employees on a quota work permit!

In May 2014, new immigration regulations came into effect in South Africa. These regulations introduced a lot of change to the immigration industry. One of the more significant changes was the repealment of the quota work permit.

How does this affect you?

Employees who are still on quota work permits won’t be able to renew their permits. To keep these employees with the company, you’ll have to start looking at alternative work visas.

We urge you to do this sooner rather than later. Your alternative visas could take up to a year to finalise!

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