Fears over white paper’s new ‘restrictive’ immigrant laws

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A specialist immigration attorney has raised some red flags over proposed changes to new immigrant legislation.

Stefanie de Saude-Darbandi says the changes could mean that many long-term residents are no longer eligible to remain in South Africa.

She wrote an opinion piece which was recently published in the Mail & Guardian.

It appears that the new laws may be implemented in the next few months.

However, De Saud claims that many provisions are vague and potentially ill-considered.

She explains how the current immigrant legislation works and how the changes could impact the international migration landscape.

There’s very little about when the changes will be implemented, how they will be implemented, what it means and the reason for the changes.

— Stefanie de Saude-Darbandi, specialist immigration and citizenship law attorney at De Saud Attorneys

The changes appear to be more restrictive and make it more difficult for foreign nationals to acquire permanent residence and citizenship in particular.

— Stefanie de Saude-Darbandi, specialist immigration and citizenship law attorney at De Saud Attorneys

The changes are saying that it doesn’t matter how long you’ve been here; it’s about economic contribution.

— Stefanie de Saude-Darbandi, specialist immigration and citizenship law attorney at De Saud Attorneys

What happens to refugees who cannot go home, who aren’t entitled to use their passport? We just don’t know.

— Stefanie de Saude-Darbandi, specialist immigration and citizenship law attorney at De Saud Attorneys