CDE offered an appraisal of the Immigration Amendment Act of 2004 and the draft immigration legislation of 2005. We argue that most of the provisions of the Act are practical and serve to streamline procedures, but that there are some concerns. The legislation is too restrictive in its stipulation of criteria for general work permits and the usage of quotas for scarce skills. The requirements for investment visas are also unnecessarily restrictive for people who want to invest in South Africa.

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