South Africa Publishes Draft Immigration Law Changes

On February 8, 2024, the South African government published draft amendments to the immigration regulations and requested public comments until March 29, 2024.

The key proposed changes are as follows:

  • A points-based work permit system is introduced, assessing applicants on their work experience, job offer, qualifications, age, language skills and “ability to adapt within the Republic”;
  • A new digital nomad visa category is proposed, with a three-year duration, which allows family to accompany the principal applicant and has a minimum income requirement;
  • The draft proposes a one-year critical skills visa which requires a job offer and proof that an application for professional registration has been submitted (rather than proof that professional registration has been granted);
  • Radiological reports would no longer be needed for the medical clearance process;
  • It is clarified that police clearance certificates are only needed for the last five years of residence;
  • It is clarified that spouse and children of South African permanent residents or citizens are permitted to change their status within the country;
  • Parents of South African children would also be allowed to change their status within South Africa.
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