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About us

Bridging the Gap Migration is an Immigration Consultancy based in South Africa. Bridging the Gap Migration opened its doors in 2005 with our head office based in Cape Town. Our South African clients are virtually based anywhere in the world. We offer a personalised service to assist you with all your UK Immigration Requirements. Bridging the Gap Migration focusses on certain UK Visas as well as British Nationality.

Immigration UK

Testimonials

You’re SUCH professionals! We couldn’t have done it without you.

We’re all British citizens now –  all 5 of us and  have settled down well in England.

Gavin Jacobs + Family

As project Manager, I wish to compliment Miss Miche Pillay for her superb and professional management of the often daunting and almost intimidating UK visa process for the numerous Cape Town teachers we have referred

Jayne Martin
Afritwin

Dirk at Bridging the Gap provided us with the best service possible and successfully guided us through what can be a very stressful process. Not only is Dirk highly knowledgeable but he also makes his clients feel like he is very personally involved and invested in the outcome. Can’t recommend him and Bridging the Gap highly enough! 

Dale Whitfield and Margaret Howie

I found Dirk at Bridging the Gap to be an invaluable help in renewing my British passport. A thorough professional, he was at all times super-efficient, speedy, and ready to provide information. The whole process was a pleasure from start to finish. Thank you, Dirk – you get 5 stars!

Carole Watkins

Bridging the gap is the most amazing and efficient company. Dirk Bouwer seamlessly worked with me and my partner to help us get a spousal visa. He made it stress free and easy. Now I am living in London and couldn’t be happier. I can’t believe I made it here, it almost seems unreal and that is all thanks to Bridging the gap. I would recommend them to anyone that is interested and they are worth every cent. We couldn’t have done it without you. Thank you.

Ciara Baldwin

I am extremely grateful to Bridging the Gap for the very helpful and professional way in which they handled my entire UK visa application process. Dirk and Miche’ were consistently patient and efficient in dealing with my many queries. They ensured that I had a seamless experience right up to the point of the receipt of my passport containing the visa that I had applied for. Clearly, Bridging the Gap is at the top of its game and I have no hesitation in recommending this business to anyone requiring its services.

Colin Blanckenberg

Thank you so much Dirk & team for the excellent, efficient service.  You instilled confidence in me that I could leave this application in your capable hands & you delivered 100%

Bev Meekel

Thank you once again for your valuable help and outstanding service. There is no doubt that without your guidance we would be floundering and sinking in the visa abyss. I would be more than happy to recommend your company to handle any UK visa enquiries by anyone.

The calm way you held our hands and led us step by step to obtain our spousal visa was in every way exceptional.

Dr L A Walters

My British passport arrived today!! I feel tremendous joy and relief at finally having one….1 week shy of my 60th birthday! What a wonderful birthday gift 😂🙏🥳 Having choices has always been a significant ingredient of personal freedom, and this passport has opened up a world of choice and possibility to me.
I would never have managed this on my own. I hate paperwork and am a terrible procrastinator. In fact, I’ve been talking about whether I qualified for, and whether I should apply for, British citizenship for about 6 years. With your incredible help and professionalism, we got it done in under a year. I still can’t believe it!🤩✨️
Thank you, Dirk and Bridging the Gap. You were referred to me by a family member of a friend(the friend and her brother are now using Bridging the Gap too), and I would not hesitate to refer anyone looking into citizenship issues to you guys. Your company holds thorough professional knowledge and works with speed and accuracy, and your commitment to clear and thorough communication at all stages has been amazing.
Yours most sincerely Ingrid xx

Dear Dirk,

Let me just say that you have, at every step been completely professional, clear, efficient, prompt, knowledgeable, and communicative, with positive reassurances when needed. Thank you for all the assistance rendered to me over the past 11 months, and on behalf of our daughters.

Best wishes,

Prof Hugh Corder

UK Immigration

The UK Immigration requirements and process of application is constantly changing and moving with the economic requirements of the country, with a possible Brexit we expect to see even more of these changes… 

Immigration UK

Contact us:

Tel: +27 (0)21 403 6423
Tel: +27 (0)72 478 3621
info@bridgingthegap.co.za

Office Location:

Spaces V&A Waterfront
Dock Road Building
Corner of Dock and Stanley Road
Cape Town, 8001

Government announces timelines for introducing measures to reduce net migration

The Minister of State for Legal Migration has announced key dates for introducing measures which aim to significantly reduce legal migration into the UK. The dates announced include:

  • 19 February 2024, Immigration Rules will be laid which will remove the right for care workers and senior care workers to bring dependants. This will come into force on 11 March 2024.
  • 14 March 2024, Immigration Rules will be laid to:
    • Increase the earnings thresholds for those arriving on the Skilled Worker route, with the minimum threshold rising by 48% from £26,200 to £38,700. These changes will come into force from 4 April 2024.
    • Remove the 20% going rate discount for occupations on the Shortage Occupation List, as well as temporarily add any occupations as recommended by the MAC to the new Immigration Salary List.
    • Increase the minimum general salary threshold under the Family Route in line with that for a Skilled Worker of £38,700. The plan is to raise the minimum income requirement incrementally and in stages.
      On 11 April 2024the threshold will raise to £29,000 (with a further increase at some stage to £34,500) and finally to £38,700, by early 2025.

The Minister of State reiterated that these changes will ensure the UK’s immigration system is focused on attracting skilled, highly paid talent from around the world and help tackle the abuse of the Health and Care Visa.
The announcement comes shortly after legislation was passed this month to enable the Immigration Health Surcharge to be raised by 66% to £1,035, in respect of applications made on or after 06 February 2024.