For South Africans, the road to the UK can be a challenging one, but once you get there it’s worth it. To help you navigate through all the requirements and to ensure that your move goes off as smoothly as possible, we’ve compiled some essential advice and information based on what other Saffas have learned while making the big move.
We’ve had a lot of change in South Africa recently, by February 22 we will have witnessed the swearing in of a new president, Cyril Ramaphosa’s maiden State of the Nation address, and a Budget Speech to be given on Wednesday 21 February. It’s enough to drive anyone who is holding Rands batty. In times like these, it’s good to listen to experts. Together with Dynamic Outcomes we’re hosting a webinar covering the future of the Rand in these tumultuous times. You can get more details on it below.
Many South Africans have family ties to the UK thanks to the shared history between the two countries. Most South African citizens with a UK-born grandparent qualify for an Ancestry visa, but we’re here to tell you that you could be eligible for more than just a visa; you may have an immediate claim to full British citizenship.
Many South Africans have, or know someone who has, claimed British citizenship through their parents or through naturalisation. What many South Africans aren’t aware of is that there are over 100 ways to claim British citizenship. Thousands of citizens in former British territories are eligible and they don’t even know it.
Despite what you’re used to seeing on postcards, there’s more to the land Down Under than Sydney Opera House and the Great Barrier Reef. While these are famous Australian tourist attractions – regional Australia is a largely unexplored part of Australia that is in serious need of international migrants. Now, more than ever, it’s easier to move to one of these regions if you have the right skills.
Immigrating takes its toll on family structure when South Africans choose to make Australia their new home and leave behind aging parents. A new visa announced by the Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection will give families an opportunity to re-unite.
One of the most coveted Aussie visas is the Skilled Independent visa (subclass 189). This is a permanent residency visa that allows you to live and work in the land Down Under with no restrictions. It’s tough to obtain but using this strategy could make it easier than you’d think.
Living in Australia? Want to bring your folks to live with you? You’re in luck. The Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) has responded to the pleas of those wanting to bring their parents Down Under with a new temporary sponsored parent visa. Starting from November 2017 this visa will allow as many as 15,000 people to bring their parents over to Australia every year.
Last week saw South Africa’s political and financial news dominated by rumours that the ANC’s national executive committee was considering a motion of no confidence in president Jacob Zuma. This is a huge step for South Africa, as this is the first time we are seeing the ruling party turn on its own leader.
If you are a South African tax resident working abroad in a country that does not tax you on domestic earnings, like the UAE and many other middle eastern states, you need to be aware that SARS is planning to tax you on those earnings. There are ways you can avoid paying South African tax on your foreign earnings and I strongly advise that you take a long hard look at your options before it’s too late.
Recently, there have been some significant policy changes for those who have a grandfather born in the UK and a parent born in (what was then called) Southern Rhodesia. You may be able to claim British citizenship through these newly added routes.
Around 25,000 South African emigrants moved to the UK in the last decade.
Many parents, whose children are registered at South African universities for the 2017 intake, are waiting with baited breath – will registration take place on the allocated days, considering most universities have pushed out the start of their academic year by a month; will their children be safe on campuses which have been the site of looting and violence; will their children be able to complete the coming academic year?
Despite the uncertainty around Brexit and its implications for the UK and Europe, the number of South African companies looking to expand their businesses to the UK has more than doubled in the last six months.
There are, unfortunately, more bright young South Africans than there are university places. This may be a good problem for the country to have, but if you’ve got an eager would-be undergraduate in your family, you likely feel quite differently.
It’s no secret, the start to 2016 was, how shall we say, an interesting time for the ZAR. Reeling from the incredible decision of President Zuma to remove Nhlanhla Nene from his cabinet on 9 December, the local currency hit some staggering lows in January. But a year is a long time and things have changed. Just how did the Rand fare against the Dollar, the Pound and the Euro? Read on to find out.
So, your beloved partner lives in the UK and you’d like to join them. Well here’s some good news: If you’re in a relationship with an Ancestry visa holder, EU citizen or UK citizen, you will be able to move to the UK and live with them. There are various criteria and qualifications, but most of them are simpler than you think.
We are delighted with the response to our campaign calling for the restoration of visa-free travel for South Africans to the UK. Over 8,500 people have signed the petition already and we are close to our first major milestone of 10,000 signatures. We launched in early November to a packed crowd with SABC News covering […]
A declining economy and rising student protests have sent South Africans reeling, with folks looking abroad for financial, business and personal growth.
As South Africans, there are numerous benefits to financial emigration.