'Immigration regulations are closing SA for business'- Gary Eisenberg

Immigration attorney and founder of Eisenberg & Associates, Gary Eisenberg, says when the department of Home Affairs introduced amendments of the immigration laws in May 2014, the light went out.

For a foreign spouse to apply for temporary residence visa, he/she is required to go back home and apply from there. Eisenberg says it is a violation of fundamental law and the immigration regulations are non-compliant with the Constitution.

If we talk about identity theft; if you talk about duplication of ID documents and fraud, the Department of Home Affairs should look carefully at its system. They often point a finger at foreigners and corrupt syndicates perpetrating fraud on the department.

Gary Eisenberg, Immigration Attorney and Founder of Eisenberg & Associates

Problem over here is the departments own officials and its own systems are corrupt; that being the problem all along since this democracy in 1994.

Gary Eisenberg, Immigration Attorney and Founder of Eisenberg & Associates

Speaking to Bongani Bingwa, Eisenberg said the Department of Home Affairs allows people who have permanent citizenship to apply for citizenship after 10 years of obtaining the right to citizenship. He says this is indirect conflict with the clear wording of the Citizenship Act.

The message is South Africa is closed for business, the message is its fortress South Africa in direct contradiction to what Madiba stood for.

Gary Eisenberg, Immigration Attorney and Founder of Eisenberg & Associates

However, the departments director general Mkuseli Apleni says immigration must be managed effectively for the benefit for the country.

Which country in the world is opening up and getting everything? Why do we have boarders. We allow people who must come to country who will add value.

Mkuseli Apleni, Home affairs DG

We approve about 90% of people who are critical skills within four weeks of their application.

Mkuseli Apleni, Home affairs DG

Apleni says the department is not against South Africans marrying foreigners. He says they are fighting marriages of convenience where people sell their citizenship for people to come to the country.

If they don't comply with the regulations what must we do? We can't sell our country to the highest bidder.

Mkuseli Apleni, Home affairs DG

Listen to who the department gives permanent residence to...


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