Our Corporate Immigration team

is made up of experienced lawyers at all levels from across our various practice areas that have specialist knowledge of the immigration laws of South Africa.

Immigration (Corporate)

Our Corporate Immigration team assists international and South African companies with immigration requirements normally associated with the import of foreign skills.

The team consists of experienced lawyers at all levels from across our various practice areas that have specialist knowledge of the immigration laws of South Africa.

All of our immigration lawyers are trained and qualified in all aspects of employment law, which gives them the ability to offer a full corporate employee migration service involving all legal aspects in relation to recruitment, obtaining work authorisation, appointment, contracts, statutory compliance with local labour laws and dispute resolution.

Whether you wish to second an employee to a foreign entity, subsidiary or parent company or you need to import talent for a local business, our Corporate Immigration team offers tailor-made advice and assistance, at a fee appropriate to the complexity and scope of the instruction.

Our services include:

  • Advising corporate applicants on the South African income tax and exchange control laws that are likely to affect them.
  • Identifying tax exposures and advice on tax planning strategies.
  • Assisting in drafting business plans into the registration of a business in terms of the Companies Act and registering the business with the South African Revenue Service. In the event that an investment of less than the prescribed amount is made in the South African economy, we assist in obtaining a waiver from the Director-General of the Department of Home Affairs to reduce the prescribed capital requirement.
  • Advising on own business visas, issued to foreigners who intend to establish or invest in their own business in South Africa.

Practice Area Rankings

  • Chambers Global 2014–2020 ranked our Employment practice in Band 2 for employment.
  • The Legal 500 EMEA 2009–2019 ranked our Employment practice in Tier 2 for employment law.

Ranked Practitioners

  • Aadil Patel is the National Practice Head of the Employment team. Chambers Global 2015–2020 ranked him in Band 2 for employment. The Legal 500 EMEA 2012–2019 recommended him for employment. He was named as the exclusive South African winner of the ILO Client Choice Awards 2014 in the employment & benefits category. Who’s Who Legal 2017–2018 identified Aadil as a leading labour & employment practitioner. He was identified in The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers 2014, and in The International Who’s Who of Management Labour and Employment 2011–2014.

  • Chambers Global 2020 ranked Gillian Lumb in Band 3 and from 2017–2019 ranked her in Band 4 for employment. The Legal 500 EMEA 2012–2014 and 2017–2018 recommended her for employment.

  • Chambers Global 2014–2020 ranked Hugo Pienaar in Band 2 for employment. The Legal 500 EMEA 2014–2019 recommended him for employment. He was named as the exclusive South African winner of the ILO Client Choice Awards 2017 and 2019 in the employment & benefits category.

  • Chambers Global 2018-2020 ranked Fiona Leppan in Band 2 for employment. Chambers Global 2016–2017 ranked her in Band 3 for employment. The Legal 500 EMEA 2019 recommended Fiona as a leading individual for employment. The Legal 500 EMEA 2012–2018 recommended her for employment. IFLR1000 2012 recommended Fiona as a leading lawyer. Who’s Who Legal 2017–2018 identified her as a leading labour & employment practitioner. She was identified in The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers 2014, and in The International Who’s Who of Management Labour and Employment 2011–2018.

  • Chambers Global 2020 ranked Michael as up and coming for Employment. ILO Client Choice Awards 2015-2016 named Michael Yeates the exclusive South African winner in the employment & benefits category. In 2018, he was named the exclusive South African winner in the immigration category.

  • Chambers Global 2010 ranked Faan Coetzee as a leading lawyer in Employment and Labour. Who’s Who Legal - The International Who’s Who of Management Labour and Employment 2008 to 2013: Faan has been selected by clients and peers as being among the world’s leading Management Labour and Employment lawyers. Who's Who Legal - International Who's Who of Business Lawyers 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012 - 2013 lists Faan among the world's leading Management Labour and Employment lawyers. Practical Law Company Which Lawyer? 2008 – 2010 and 2012: Faan is endorsed, "with a practice emphasis on employment and labour law. Strong corporate client base providing advice on restructuring, collective bargaining, general employers' rights, pension funds and medical aid schemes." Legal 500 EMEA 2010 to 2016: Faan is recommended for "his insight, knowledge and promptness" in Labour and Employment Law. Expert Guides 2009 and 2011 rates Faan as a pre-eminent practitioner in Labour and Employment Law.