Instead of getting too excited about their prospects, South Africans should take a level-headed approach to international job search.
“Before even considering an employment contract, they must engage an expatriate tax advisor and immigration specialist to ensure their relocation complies with local requirements and those of the destination country,” says Bouziane. Without following the correct processes, their career hopes may be dashed by unbreakable red tape.
As countries like Australia and New Zealand increase barriers to entry for foreigners, regions like Europe continue to impose restrictive visa rules on immigrants.
Job seekers are therefore turning to typically overlooked locations, like Mauritius. According to Bouziane, easier access and lower investment requirements are currently making the island, located east of Madagascar, a more attractive option to South Africans.
Eager to attract investors and businesses for economic growth, Mauritius currently offers both property and investment auctions that are more reasonable than those of other countries. Several multinational companies also maintain offices there, suggesting job opportunities for those willing to ask.
South Africans who can afford to invest in the island nation must consider the shopping list of concerns even the simplest relocation entails. At the top is definitely tax planning, for which professional assistance is a must.
“Anyone leaving South Africa must consider their status with SARS, as leaving South Africa does not automatically relieve you of your tax obligation. And a tax non-compliance could result in a costly delay,” warns Bouziane.
They also need to consider opening a bank account in that country prior to departing; finding accommodation; shipping their belongings; buying a vehicle; relocating their pets; registering their children in school; and much more. “With all these pressures, experts who have completed the process many times before provide invaluable support,” says Bouziane