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Marisa is the Director at Xpatweb and her areas of specialty include South African work permits, especially for employers with large groups of expatriates which requires short term employment service visas, unique dispensations or special waivers of work permit conditions. Xpatweb provides a high-quality immigration service that is customized to an organization or individual’s specific needs and circumstances. Their solution-based services extent to operating and managing a confidential payroll for various expatriate groups, obtained various SARS tax directives and rulings, Reserve Bank clearances for expatriates, foreign bank account payments and she is passionate about finding more streamlined solutions.
On 23 May 2020 the Department of Home Affairs confirmed that international travel will be allowed for South Africans, who fall within limited categories. The main ones being: work, study, family reunion, to take up permanent residency and for medical reasons. These are indeed the most important categories and make provision for most cases where international travel is an important consideration.
The survey gives a sense of how the lockdown is impacting expat workers and new assignees who were due to enter South Africa. More than 150 JSE-listed and large multinational companies operating across Africa participated in the survey. According to the survey, 37% of the participants have new assignees that were due to enter the country during the first quarter of 2020. They are waiting for the lockdown regulations to be lifted in order to enter South Africa.
The Department of Home Affairs allows international travel in the following, albeit limited categories - work, study, to take up permanent residency, medical conditions and/or family reunions. This means that expats have an opportunity to help their parents stuck in South Africa.