No one can deny that the new Trump administration has caused chaos and uncertainty in the immigration arena in the USA. Amidst multiple litigation filings, the rumours are flying with ‘doomsday’ predictions. Here’s some clarity from a qualified source about where South Africans stand with regards to emigrating to the US:
- If you are a South African and have no dual citizenship or residence of the seven countries mentioned in the Executive Order, you will typically not encounter any automatic revocation of any visa or Green Card which you currently hold, or may be applying for.
- If you have visited any of these countries or others in the region, you will be subjected to extra scrutiny and may be denied entry.
- The sooner you act on your decision to emigrate to the US, the better.
- Getting assistance is key, particularly at this time. Seeking the advice of a qualified and committed immigration lawyer is vital, and there are offices open 24-hours a day to assist people with queries and concerns.
There is no doubt that we are entering an era of uncertainty in all areas relating to visas and present law as well as regulations pertaining to an investor visa, employment-, student-, visitor visa and other visas which are subject to change.
For a more personal approach to immigration, meet with an immigration consultant in Cape Town, Durban and Johannesburg this February and March.