UIF: Foreign nationals to be paid faster

After the system was corrected.
Shorter verification for foreign national workers. Image: Getty Images

To ease the verification and payment of foreign nationals the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) advises that employees provide all the necessary documentation, as the verification process has been shortened.

This comes after the department was accused of sidelining foreign national workers in the country for the UIF-Ters benefit.

“This was occasioned by the fact that the UIF system identified contributors through the South African ID numbers and foreign nationals had to be verified through interaction with South African Services Revenue (Sars) and the UIF,” the UIF commissioner Teboho Maruping says.

He says a lot has been done to shorten the process on the system to ensure that payments are made faster.

The UIF commissioner says to ensure that foreign national workers receive their payments in time, they should submit the following documents correctly:

  • Name and surname;
  • ID, passport or work permit number;
  • Proof of how the employee was declared at Sars or UIF;
  • Proof of declaration and three months bank statement

Last week the fund said it had paid up to R100 million to 23 000 foreign nationals declared on the database.

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Why not pay the South African citizens first before any foreign nationals? Rather clear the backlog first and the repatriate the foreign workers, most (up to 9-10 million) who are here illegally?

ILLEGAL foreign nationals DO NOT QUALIFY for TERS or UIF. They would need a valid work permit and acceptable form of identification to work legally as well as to receive any benefits. LEGAL foreigners have contributed to UIF on the same basis as SA citizens and should not be treated any differently.

I think that you would be surprised how many remain illegal but claim.

My exact thoughts. My small business has not seen a cent yet. Even after applying for it very early on. Yet I have to pay UIF, PAYE, company tax duly every month(UIF+PYAE)/other month (tax).

This government!! >:(

Please ask the commissioner where the documents should be submitted to. I submitted the documents for my UIF paying foreign employee on 22 May (to Covid19declarations) and have not had any response. The payment of my South African employee was paid within three days.

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