Immigration Changes from Around the World

NEW ZEALAND | Visa-On-Arrival Ended for South African Nationals
South African nationals who have in the past enjoyed visa-on-arrival to New Zealand will now have to obtain visas prior to their trip. The New Zealand Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment’s Immigration New Zealand (INZ) has announced that it will no longer admit holders of South African passports by visa-on-entry. Starting November 21, all South Africans arriving in New Zealand will be required to hold a valid visit visa obtained either online through the INZ website or by visiting the VFS New Zealand Visa Application Center in Pretoria.

The move by the New Zealand authorities was prompted by a significant increase in recent years of the number of South African nationals who were refused entry into New Zealand because of altered or suspected fraudulent passports. The government of New Zealand had reportedly been considering suspending visa-on-arrival for South Africans since 2012. New Zealand now joins nations such as the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, and Canada, which require visas for South African citizens.


TANZANIA | Long-Term Resident Foreign Nationals Must Register by November 2
Foreign nationals residing in Tanzania for more than six months must now register with the National Identification Authority (NIDA) for a photographic identification card, or face fines for failure to comply with the new requirement. Foreign nationals holding work permits and their dependents over the age of 18 have until November 2 to register.

The registration of foreign nationals has been an ongoing process since September 15, with NIDA officials visiting the places of employment of foreign nationals to distribute registration forms and collect completed forms. While collecting completed forms, NIDA officials have also been taking the necessary photographs on-site to complete the process.

NIDA is advising foreign nationals in Tanzania that, if one of their officials has not visited their place of employment by November 2 to complete the registration process, they should visit the closest NIDA district office from 8am to 4pm any business day to complete the registration. Applicants should bring with them their valid passports, work permits, residence permits, and proof of the deposit of the registration fee into the NIDA bank account. Applicants will be photographed for the identification card and are advised not to wear white, light blue, pink, or grey shirts. The registration fee, payable into NIDA’s account prior to the registration appointment, is USD 100 for investors, USD 50 for employees, and USD 20 for missionaries, researchers, students, and dependents.