It’s not just about the employee: How to support the accompanying partner

how to support accompanying partnerWhen hiring a worker from abroad or taking in a colleague from an overseas office, the assignment moves not one but two people across the world if the employee has a spouse or partner.

This should be significant to you, given the work involved in South African work visas and the costs involved in intra-company transfers.

Our reasoning? Spouses and partners play a huge role in determining the success of a stint overseas for the family.

Let us explain… Read more It’s not just about the employee: How to support the accompanying partner

5 Question to ask before you recruit

The list of questions we share with you today, should be asked before undertaking any recruitment drive. It will help you steer clear of visa disasters and get you on the right track right from the start.

You’ll see we refer to the critical skills visa, intra-company transfer work visa and general work visa. Here are links to each of these visas:

Now let’s get to those 5 important questions to start the recruitment process with: Read more 5 Question to ask before you recruit

The Reverse Culture Shock Phenomenon

reverse culture shockWe’re all familiar with the concept of culture shock. Not many of us, however, are aware of reverse culture shock. This is the shock experienced by someone returning to their home country after a number of years overseas.

As explained by Investopedia, “In the business context, the advent of globalisation has resulted in more and more employees being sent on lengthy assignments to other countries. With the number of expatriates who live and work in countries other than their own having increased in recent years, reverse culture shock is a phenomenon that is on the rise.”

Read more The Reverse Culture Shock Phenomenon

Refresher: Your responsibilities when employing foreigners in South Africa

employing foreigners in south africaThe Department of Home Affairs stipulates do’s and don’ts in the Immigration Act for employers employing foreigners in South Africa.

Should you not comply with the Act, you could be slapped with a hefty fine or, worst case scenario, time in jail. The fines range from R7 000 to a possible R50 000 per person, depending on the contravention.

We’re guessing this is not how you want to spend R50 000, so keep on reading to find out what you should do. Read more Refresher: Your responsibilities when employing foreigners in South Africa

Did you know Intergate can help with immigration to New Zealand and Australia?


immigration to new zealand
Do you long to be the foreign employee instead of employing foreign employees? Do you want to make a fresh start in a new country in 2018? Then it might be interesting to find out that Intergate also offers immigration to New Zealand and Australia.

Intergate Emigration

Established in 2015, Intergate Emigration, part of the Intergate Group, has helped people from South Africa and all across the rest of the world move to New Zealand and Australia.

Read more Did you know Intergate can help with immigration to New Zealand and Australia?

Refresher: South African Work Visas

south african work visas

Is hiring more foreign workers on the cards for this year? Then you’ll need to remind yourself of the available South African visas and what is required of you with each visa.

No need to do the research yourself, though – we’ve done it for you. Below you’ll find a list of all the South African visas that allow you to employ foreigners.

4 Types of South African work visas

There are four classes of South African work visas that South African employers can use to employ foreigners:

Read more Refresher: South African Work Visas

A closer look at business visas and work permits for Uganda

business visas and work permits for ugandaOur team has recently noticed an increase in enquiries about business visas and work permits for Uganda. This is perhaps due to the fact that the Ugandan government is developing infrastructure and building a more vibrant private sector.

Is your company also looking at doing business with Uganda? Then you’ll need to know the following:

Business visas

A Ugandan business visa enables an applicant to attend:

  • Conferences;
  • Seminars;
  • Training; and
  • Meetings in the country.

Read more A closer look at business visas and work permits for Uganda