In our monthly Immigration News from Africa, we update you on important changes in African Immigration.
At IBN Immigration Solutions, we strive to deliver the most important Immigration News from Africa, on a Monthly Basis.
This edition covers news in the African countries below:
- South Africa
South Africa Releases New Labour Migration Policy for Comment
On Monday, the 23rd of May 2022, South Africa’s Department of Labour released a draft of the New Labour Migration Policy for public comment. The Employment Services Amendment Bill accompanies this policy, in its capacity to regulate the management of labour migration, in and out of the country.
- The Bill will transfer powers related to labour migration from the Department of Home Affairs to the Department of Labour
- The Bill will create a structure to extract and analyse labour migration data (which until now, has been sorely lacking) in South Africa
- The Bill aims to make labour migration more beneficial to the country through activities that attract and retain skills, while simultaneously creating job quotas to preserve employment opportunities for the local workforce
Commentary on the bill was closed on the 28th of May 2022. We will update you with more information on the situation as it progresses.
South Africa Announces Home Affairs Branches to be Opened in Malls
Home Affairs Minister, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi made a few positive announcements during the 22/23 Budget Vote.
Five South African shopping malls will host new branches, including Tygervalley Mall in Cape Town, Menlyn Mall in Pretoria and Cresta Mall in Johannesburg. The decision aims to alleviate long queues at Home Affairs branches across the country.
Further points of the speech detailed the rollout of the Branch Booking System currently being piloted at 24 branches in SA, as well as the deployment of more mobile trucks to ease access for local South Africans.
Refugee Offices to Re-Open at Home Affairs After Ten Years
South Africa’s Department of Home Affairs has secured a new building for its Refugee Office and estimates that services will be open and running from August 2022.
Kenya Permit Processing Backlog Leads to Major Delays
Our team at IBN Immigration Solutions’ Kenya branch has reported that they are currently experiencing much longer processing times for permits and passes. Branch Manager, Sylvia Waiganjo has been in communication with Kenyan immigration authorities and reported that where previously, permits would take around two months to process, it is now taking around four to six months.
We highly recommend that individuals and corporate assignees looking to enter Kenya for work in the near future, start the permit application process as soon as possible to mitigate these delays.
Kenya’s Ministry for Tourism and Wildlife Welcomes Tourists Again
Kenya’s Immigration Services has released a statement welcoming international tourists back into the country with a list of useful tips for tourists visiting this East-African beauty. With the pandemic dying down, Kenya is raring to boost their tourism sector – once the backbone of the country’s economy.
Cabinet Secretary for the Ministry of Tourism and Wildlife, Najib Balala stated that “The reopening of tourism is expected to increase the number of international travellers visiting Kenya, from less than 900,000 recorded in 2021 to more than 1 million in the next year.” Contact our IBN Kenya branch for more information on Kenyan Visitor Visas.
Insurgency Threatens Gas Projects in Palma
TotalEnergies and ExxonMobil are re-evaluating security measures after an increased spate of insurgent attacks this month in the north-eastern district of Palma. The situation is sure to have a negative effect on foreign nationals working in the oil and gas sector in-country. We will update our readers with more information as the situation develops.
Namibia Introduces Power of Attorney for Immigration Agents
Namibia’s Department of Immigration has released a directive stating that as of last month, immigration agents must be given Power of Attorney by clients to interact with the department when submitting documentation in the client’s stead. Please contact our IBN Namibia branch for more information.
Namibia’s Green Hydrogen Project to Enter Feasibility-Study Phase
According to Marco Raffinetti, CEO of Hyphen Hydrogen Energy (the preferred bidder for Namibia’s Green Hydrogen Project), the tender phase has come and gone, and it is now time for the implementation agreement to trigger the feasibility-study stage of the project. The announcement came at the recent World Economic Forum in Switzerland.
The project is set to bring in 300 000 tons of green hydrogen per year for regional and global markets, sourced from the Tsau//Khaeb National Park. The movement into the feasibility-study stage marks a big win for Namibia’s immigration sector and economy, as foreign nationals in related engineering fields will soon flood into the country to support the project.
Nigeria Introduces Passport Tracking System
Isah Idris, Acting Comptroller for the Nigerian Immigration Service, announced a new passport tracking system to the media on Saturday evening, the 18th of May.
The tracking system, in the Comptroller’s words, will work similarly to a delivery tracking system – “Like parcels sent through logistic companies or visa applications, we have introduced a tracking system so that people can stay in the comfort of their rooms and know the status of their passport applications.”
The system is set to reduce delays and introduce transparency and accountability within the government department while easing some of the burdens of Nigerian immigration officials.
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