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IMCOSA Immigration and Consulting South Africa is a consulting firm specialising in the field of South African immigration and visa services. In all likelihood you have ended up on our website because you are a foreigner intending to move to South Africa for more than 3 months. But are our services really what you require?
When we scrutinise potential suppliers, we like to focus on the following points: general circumstances (including client requirements), services offered, details of service delivery / success record and personal background. We recommend you do the same with IMCOSA and our services.
South Africa is a sought-after destination for holiday makers, students, work seekers and business owners, investors and retirees. The beauty and the attractions of South Africa are probably known to you (further information under “About / Contact Us”). However, you might also have heard of the difficulty of attaining the relevant residence visa, the problem of receiving conflicting and unreliable information from authorities and other information sites, the problems surrounding the choice of the relevant visa category, the preparation of a visa application and the execution of the application process……
In this light and with regards to the importance of a successful visa application and relocation process, you wish to engage the services of a reputable and professional consulting firm specialising in these areas. So far, so good.
This should be quite simple: if you require a residence visa and related immigration services, and you wish to stay in South Africa for longer than 3 months, IMCOSA is the company to speak to. This is our area of focus and it is what we are best at, and we are one of the first and one of the few companies entirely focused on these services.
Details of Service Delivery / Success Record
Being in the industry for many years, we have had ample time to analyse our own work processes and those of the relevant authorities. Over all these years we have scrutinised our work flow and our interaction with the public departments, to come up with the most efficient way to achieve our all-important goal: the success of your visa application and your relocation to South Africa.
Not only are we specialised on visa and immigration services, our consultants are furthermore specialised on their specific categories of immigration, i.e. work, setup of own business, retirement, studies, investment, accompanying family….. We like to think that we have the processes pretty much down to a tee by now.
So much so, in fact, that we look back at a unique and outstanding success rate of close to 100% regarding our visa applications. As a reputable provider of consulting services we don’t believe in a “money-back guarantee” style of marketing, however in view of our confidence in our service delivery we will gladly reach an individual agreement with you, whereby IMCOSA fees will be reimbursed should your submitted application not be successful.
Another item we focus on extensively within our service delivery is our personal interaction with the client - something we hope you’ll come to appreciate in future.
Since a company is generally only as good as its founders and controllers, a useful question to ask when choosing a service provider is “who’s behind this?” In our case the person responsible for starting up IMCOSA and continuously controlling work flows and service levels is Julia Willand. Invaluable input comes from all employees, and on a managerial level specifically from the operation managers Nicola Raubenheimer (Cape Town, Head Office) and Marjoke Naude (Johannesburg, Gauteng Office). See also Management overview.
Assessor Iuris, Immigration Practitioner
Julia was born in Germany and completed most of her schooling in South Africa. She holds both German and South African citizenships. She ended her schooling with an A-level diploma in Cologne, Germany, and subsequently studied law in Freiburg and Berlin. She achieved her qualification as an attorney at law in Berlin in the year 1999.
Julia Willand has worked in organisations such as the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ) and the Zentralstelle für Entwicklungszusammenarbeit. During the course of the GTZ-Project "Law Reform in Latin America" she advised the Ministry of Law in La Paz, Bolivia.
In the year 2000 Julia joined a consulting firm in Cape Town, South Africa, where she founded and headed the immigration department. Five years later she started the specialised immigration and consulting company IMCOSA.
Julia is a registered Immigration Practitioner with the Department of Home Affairs. Since April 2003 she has been a member of the national Immigration Advisory Board, which advises the Minister of Home Affairs, as well as a co-director of the Association of Immigration Practitioners of South Africa (AIPSA) until 2006. In addition to this, she has been an active and valued member of the Forum Committee of the Western Cape Practitioners’ Forum since its establishment in 2005.
Julia is also a co-director of the non-profit organisation Nala - Partners for Entrepreneurship, which aims to foster entrepreneurship development and inter-cultural dialogue.
In August 2004 Julia represented South Africa in beach volleyball at the Olympic Games in Athens. This was the first time an African beach volleyball team had qualified for the Olympics.
The same dedication, professionalism and vitality that accompanied Julia’s education, career and achievements in the sport of beach volleyball have become a trademark of IMCOSA’s form of service delivery.
Happy with what you have read? Does IMCOSA sound like the right partner regarding your migration to South Africa?