When choosing to immigrate to a new country, there are many factors you will need to consider before making the move. Factors such as employment, accommodation, and dreaded visa applications are all important things to plan and think about before making any decisions. While you have your heart set on leaving the country, there may be a technical shortcoming or a document you fail to hold and cannot currently apply for/obtain. This is where waivers can make all the difference.

Applying for a waiver can function as a formal request to overlook any requirement for an application with the Department of Home Affairs (DHA). With proper legal advice, substantiated with supporting documents, you may be able to exempt yourself from certain requirements – such as needing to leave the country to apply for a visa or having a certain level of education verified by SAQA (necessary for a critical skills visa). This will need to be approved by the DHA, and upon confirmation, you are free to proceed with applying for your visa application -which must be compliant in all other respects.

For businesses and aspiring business owners wanting to relocate to South Arica, a waiver can help you bypass the financial requirement of the R5 million investment – but you will need approval from both the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).

If multiple applicants from the same organisation require the same condition to be waived – a blanket waiver can simplify the process and save loads of time for the applicant.

Waivers can function as a lifeline when your application is compliant save for a single requirement out of your control. A waiver can be an effective strategy for overcoming hurdles encountered, but they must be prepared in a professional manner and well in advance – as processing time can be 8-12 months. During this time, if in South Africa, you must maintain a valid visa.

June Luna Immigration Attorneys makes the arduous process of immigration a simple one. June Luna’s drive to help foreigners achieve residency in and outside of South Africa has produced favourable results across the board. If you are in the process of applying for a visa and considering a waiver application, contact JLIA today.

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