Cape Town’s Eisen­berg is top im­mi­gra­tion lawyer in SA

Cape Argus - - BUSINESS - Joseph Booy­sen

GARY Eisen­berg, found­ing at­tor­ney of Cape Town-based law firm Eisen­berg & As­so­ciates, was named by his peers as South Africa’s best im­mi­gra­tion lawyer for the sev­enth con­sec­u­tive year.

The an­nounce­ment was pub­lished in Best Lawyers, the old­est and most re­spected global peer-re­view pub­li­ca­tion in the le­gal arena.

The news fol­low Eisen­berg’s ap­pear­ance along­side the world’s lead­ing prac­ti­tion­ers in Cor­po­rate Im­mi­gra­tion 2017: Analysis, re­leased by Who’s Who Le­gal last month, which ac­knowl­edges the in­flu­ence of busi­ness lawyers within their fields of ex­per­tise.

“I am hon­oured to have once again been recog­nised for my tire­less ef­forts to­wards de­fend­ing the rights of im­mi­grants in South Africa. Our coun­try still has a long way to go be­fore it be­comes truly in­clu­sive of for­eign­ers en­ter­ing and set­tling in South Africa. Un­til this hap­pens, I will con­tinue to as­sist those in need to nav­i­gate our im­mi­gra­tion sys­tem,” Eisen­berg said.

Best Lawyers’ se­lec­tion process in­volves ex­haus­tive peer-re­view sur­veys in which tens of thou­sands of lead­ing lawyers con­fi­den­tially eval­u­ate their peers.

Eisen­berg & As­so­ciates, es­tab­lished in 1997, was born after data showed that there was no law firm that ren­dered ex­pert im­mi­gra­tion and cit­i­zen­ship ad­vice within the dis­ci­plines of ad­min­is­tra­tive and con­sti­tu­tional law.

Eisen­berg has chal­lenged the gov­ern­ment on sev­eral high-pro­file cases re­lat­ing to for­eign­ers be­ing de­nied ac­cess into the coun­try, and took the De­part­ment of Home Af­fairs to court over its de­ci­sion to con­tract with visa ap­pli­ca­tion ser­vice provider VFS Global.

Re­cently, Eisen­berg en­tered into a pub­lic di­a­logue with Home Af­fairs Min­is­ter Hlengiwe Mkhize, call­ing for her to im­ple­ment proper train­ing to ed­u­cate home af­fairs of­fi­cials about im­mi­gra­tion law.

This was a call the min­is­ter may have heeded, based on a state­ment last month in which she ex­pressed her in­ten­tion to in­tro­duce “lead­er­ship train­ing for staff ”.

LE­GAL EA­GLE: Gary Eisen­berg, found­ing at­tor­ney of Cape Town-based law firm Eisen­berg & As­so­ciates, has been named as South Africa’s best im­mi­gra­tion lawyer for the sev­enth con­sec­u­tive year.

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