Businesses with foreign national employees in South Africa that are planning their workforce mobility programs should note that the Minister of Home Affairs in South Africa, in an attempt to address the backlog in processing visa applications and outcomes on waiver applications, has extended the temporary measures, which are outlined below.
Key extension dates to note:
The above temporary measures apply only to foreign nationals who have been legally admitted into South Africa.
Businesses that employ foreign nationals in South Africa have had to contend with numerous challenges, including visa backlogs and recently lifted travel restrictions to and from South Africa due to COVID-19. They must also consider changing laws regarding employing foreign nationals, namely, the Draft National Labour Migration Policy and Employment Services Amendment Bill. Public comments on the new Bill had to be submitted by the end of May 2022 and are now being considered.
Read our alert on this topic here: South Africa: Trio of employment law developments - Baker McKenzie InsightPlus
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