South Africa: Immigration Inspections to Increase in 2017

Employers in the construction, hospitality and mining industries should expect more unannounced immigration inspections by the Department of Home Affairs in 2017. Employers and employees could face severe consequences if they violate immigration laws.

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Employers in the construction, hospitality and mining industries should expect more unannounced immigration inspections by the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) in 2017 following DHA concerns that many foreign nationals in these industries hold incorrect immigration status and that these industries fail to employ at least 60% South African citizens.


Background

The targets of the inspections seem to be companies that operate in a sector that is known for or prone to extensive hiring of foreign nationals.

Foreign nationals without proper immigration documents are assumed to be knowingly employed by the company.

What This Means for Employers and Foreign Nationals

Companies in the construction, hospitality and mining industries should ensure that their records comply with applicable standards. Employers should maintain their foreign workers' immigration documents for two years following the end of the employee's assignment.

Employees found to be working in South Africa without the appropriate immigration permission face severe consequences and their employers could face fines, imprisonment and reputational damage.

This alert is for informational purposes only. If you have any questions, please contact the global immigration professional with whom you work at Fragomen or send an email to africainfo@fragomen.com.



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