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New Office Launched in Johannesburg

Craig Smith & Associates have launched a new office in Bryanston (Sandton), Johannesburg. It is located at: 15 Peter Place Bryanston Johannesburg   You can contact the office directly for all your visa requirements.

Spouse Visas applied from within South Africa

A discussion of the judgment of Stewart & 5 Others V Director General of Home Affairs             The Factual Background             The Stewart’s approached our law firm in 2015 after nearly a year of ‘toing and froing’ with the Department … Continue reading

Craig Smith secures bail for Mos Def. World Passport in South Africa

Craig Smith, the immigration lawyer, secures bail for US celebrity actor and musician Mos Def in Bellville Magistrates Court on immigrated related offence. On the January 2016 Craig Smith was instructed to appear and apply for bail on behalf of … Continue reading


OVERSTAY OF TEMPORARY RESIDENCY – CONSEQUENCES & REMEDIES WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO OVERSTAY MY TEMPORARY RESIDENCY VISA? Generally speaking, in terms of Regulation 9(5)(a) of the Immigration Regulations, an applicant who wishes to renew an existing visa or change … Continue reading

Visa Regulations Impact on Tourism in South Africa 2015

Visa Regulations Impact on Tourism in South Africa 2015 Nzinga Qunta – ANN7 presenter: Okay. I’m going to bring Craig Smith, who’s an immigration attorney back into the discussion. Craig thanks so much for your time on ANN7 Prime. Your … Continue reading

Undesirable Person – Constitutional Court paves way for Legal Challenge

Craig Smith challenging the constitutionality of the new “Undesirability” Immigration Laws. “We are now going to deal with the principal provision that gives the immigration officers the right to declare an undesirable person.” Transcription: You are Listening to Cape Talk on 31.567 … Continue reading

The Declaration of Undesirability – An Overstay – How to Resolve.

ORIGINS – 26th MAY 2014 On the 26th of May 2014 the Department of Home Affairs (the ‘Department’) showed its intent to amend the existing immigration laws that had been in effect since the 1st of July 2005. Without any … Continue reading

What is VFS – The Visa Facilitation Service — Advices and National Security

  What is VFS? During the month of June 2014, the legislature amended South Africa’s existing immigration laws. One of the changes that took place was the implementation of eleven Visa Facilitation Service Centres (VFS), although as it would seem to many … Continue reading

The New Immigration Amendment Act of 2011 and Regulations: A new Era or a colossal Error

On the 16th of May 2014 the Minister of Home Affairs and the President signed into law the 2007, 2011 Immigration Amendment Act and the Regulations to come into effect of the 26th of May 2014. While the Minister hailed … Continue reading

NEW IMMIGRATION ORDER – Back to the Dark Ages

Craig Smith & Associates to challenge regressive and unlawful immigration laws View this article as a narrated video. Since the repeal of the draconian and apartheid era Alien’s Control Act, we witnessed the arrival of the much needed Immigration Act … Continue reading