International Journal of Law and Legal Studies

International Journal of Law and Legal Studies ISSN 2463-5634 Vol. 4 (4), pp. 197-206, June, 2016. © International Scholars Journals

Full Length Research Paper

Challenges encountered by foreigners in order to obtain the necessary permits to work and reside in South Africa

Elon Zuma Tambo*, Francios Oliver Ernie and Botha Biko Pienaar

School of Law, Faculty of Management and Law, University of Limpopo, South Africa.

E-mail: elon.zuma@yahoo.com

Accepted 25 April, 2016

Abstract

This article examines the various problems being faced by foreigners on a daily basis in order to obtain the necessary permits to work and reside in South Africa. The article highlights that the major obstacle is unnecessary bureaucracy by the officials of the Home Affairs who are responsible for the processing of permits. The article also examines how executive bureaucracy is affecting administrative actions and what the courts are doing in order to ensure that foreigners receive just administrative actions on the applications made. The article concludes that with proper oversights on the low ranking officials, bureaucracy will be drastically minimized and this will serve as solution to the plight of foreigners especially the skilled workers in South Africa.

Key words: Executive bureaucracy, administrative justice, rights of foreigners, work permits, home affairs, officials of home affairs.