We are Sable International
We are experts in helping small to medium-sized businesses, private individuals and clients with international interests. These clients are often global citizens with family, offices, suppliers, clients, property or wealth overseas.
We’ve built a business out of specialising in cross-border financial and immigration advice and solutions. Whatever you need, we can tailor a solution that will help you or your business maximise outcomes in the shortest time possible.
We offer holistic, full service solutions through our citizenship, residency, wealth, tax and forex divisions for those looking to internationalise themselves, their wealth or their business.
What we're covering in the seminar
Our presentation will give you a high level overview of some of the best options for acquiring a second citizenship or residency. We also look at some of the important tax, wealth and money transfer implications involved in these programmes.
After the seminar, you can book one-on-one consultations with any of the relevant advisors to go into more detail.
Considerations when investing abroad
Investing offshore is key when it comes to preserving and securing your financial future. If you are considering working overseas, leaving the country before or after retirement, or want your children to study abroad, offshore investing should be part of your long-term financial plan.
Discover the tax implications of investing abroad as well as other considerations such as succession planning, currency needs and accessibility. Cross-border financial planning experts cover how you can achieve long-term growth and security in your financial future through effective offshore investment.
Financial emigration and forex
If you’re planning on relocating, financial emigration from South Africa can help you access and transfer your financial assets (like retirement annuities, pensions and provident funds) out of the country. Whether financial emigration is right for you will depend on what kind of retirement savings and assets you hold.
All South Africans have the annual R1 million single discretionary and R10 million (which requires a SARS tax clearance certificate) foreign investment allowances. These can be used for foreign investment and asset transfer without having to financially emigrate. However, if you have a retirement annuity that you would like to cash in, then financial emigration is the only option.
Taking money out of South Africa can be complex; working with exchange control regulations and knowing how much money you can transfer requires expert knowledge and understanding. We have years of industry experience and we know how to make the process of transferring money internationally as convenient and cost-effective as possible.
Malta and Cyprus Individual Investors Programme
Malta and Cyprus offer two of the most attractive citizenship-by-investment programmes. Investing in Malta can grant EU citizenship within 18 months and visa-free access to 182 countries including the UK and US.
Cyprus offers an even faster route to EU citizenship – as little as six months. Its citizenship-by-investment programme is well-suited to families and, once granted, citizenship is valid for life and can be passed down for generations.
We’ll be covering the benefits and requirements of both country’s programmes so you can see which is best suited to your circumstances.
Portugal’s Golden Visa and NHR programmes
You can gain Portuguese – and European – residency for yourself and your family by investing in Portugal. This leads to a sound property investment and residency rights for you and your immediate family in a stunning European country, eventually resulting in Portuguese citizenship. Another advantage of this programme is the low minimum-stay requirements, averaging only a few weeks each year.
The Non-Habitual Residence (NHR) programme was introduced in Portugal in 2009. Its aim is to attract foreign investment to the country by offering attractive tax benefits to incentivise expats to consider retirement in Portugal. The programme offers a 10-year tax break on qualifying foreign income – including private pensions and company dividends.
Our service covers everything from property selection and management, to opening your bank account, tax advice and fiscal applications. Find out how the Golden Visa and the NHR programme can benefit you.
Australian immigration options
Australia is a popular choice for immigration from South Africa thanks to its high quality of life, prosperous economy and diverse population. The country is already home to tens of thousands of expats from all over the world. Offering a similar climate and lifestyle to South Africa, this destination can make an international move feel less daunting.
There are a very wide range of visa routes and options for Australian immigration and determining your route can be unclear and complex. We’re world leaders in Australian immigration and citizenship. Our Australian-based registered migration experts can help you find the right visa and give your application the greatest chance of success.
If you own and run a successful business, the Business Innovation visa might be just what you’re looking for. It’s valid for four years and three months, and allows you and your family members to live, study and work in Australia, and eventually be eligible for permanent residence.
British citizenship and immigration
The UK remains a popular immigration destination for South Africans. British nationality law is extraordinarily complex and many people who have claims to British citizenship are unaware of their rights. We have over 20 years of experience in British nationality, Irish nationality and UK immigration.
Our team works under the guidance of Philip Gamble, the world’s leading expert on the subject. Discover how we determine whether you or your family has a claim to British ancestry and how we can help you on your journey to British citizenship.
Grenada citizenship and the E-2 American visa
Grenada is a beautiful country of lush, tropical forests, stunning waterfalls and gorgeous sandy beaches. While it has much to offer residents, the Grenadian Citizenship-by-Investment Programme doesn't require you to live in or visit the country to apply.
Grenada is the only Caribbean country with visa-free access to China. It also has a citizenship-by-investment programme and an E-2 Investor Visa Treaty with the US, meaning Grenadian citizens are eligible to apply for a non-immigrant visa.
Learn the benefits of Grenada’s citizenship-by-investment programme, and how your Grenadian passport will give you access to the American E-2 Treaty Investor visa, letting you expand or invest in a US business.
American EB-5 Investment Visas
The EB-5 Investor Visa offers one of the fastest and most robust routes to permanent US residency. This programme includes immediate family and, because it is a nationwide federal scheme, it offers the right to residency in all states, including Texas and Florida, which are free of state-level income tax.
The EB-5 visa gives the holder access to the public education system at all age levels, but the USA is also home to thousands of private schools, many of which are multi-lingual and provide a route to some of the highest-ranking universities in the world. It’s one of the fastest routes to permanent US residency and citizenship for you and your family.
Meet the speakers
Maxine joined Sable International in January 2015, as part of our umbrella department.
She then joined the Philip Gamble & Partners’ administration team, where she began learning about British nationality and UK immigration routes. Maxine’s interest in different client’s unique situations led her to become an Immigration Caseworker.
Maxine loves making her clients’ wishes to visit or move to the UK come true and has a strong passion for customer satisfaction. Outside of work, she loves travelling and discovering new places, seeing friends and spending time with family. She is currently studying a BComm in Business Management through UNISA.
Nicole joined Sable International as an administrator, bringing with her a strong background in customer relations and various service industries.
Nicole is drawn to people, whether through work or in her spare time, when she plays softball for South Africa. Holding a Diploma in Project Management, Nicole is also in the process of completing her degree in Public Relations.
Simone joined us in 2015 as a British Nationality Advisor.
She has a B.Comm in Industrial and Organisational Psychology. Among other things, Simone has worked as an assistant within a psychology practice and as an administrator at a five-star hotel where she had the opportunity to interact with customers from all corners of the globe on a daily basis. Empathetic and professional, Simone is an avid traveller, who has spent a lot of time exploring Europe.
Chelsea joined Philip Gamble & Partners in 2015 as a Nationality Administrator with a background in administration.
Born and raised in Cape Town, South Africa, she has travelled extensively throughout the UK and developed an interest in British Nationality. She is organised, optimistic and dedicated. Using her exceptional customer service and administrative skills, Chelsea ensures that all of our clients have the best possible experience.
Rajeshri came to the UK from Kenya in 1969 and has worked in administration and customer service roles throughout her career.
After spending four years working for UK Visas and Immigration, she joined Philip Gamble & Partners, bringing with her a wealth of knowledge and experience. She uses her customer service and admin skills to support our immigration team.
With over 30 years’ experience in administration and customer care, Yolanda joined Philip Gamble & Partners in January 2013 as Receptionist and Office Administrator.
She is often the first point of contact for our clients and is known for her professional and friendly manner. In addition to her great work ethic and excellent communication skills, her warm and approachable nature makes her an indispensable member of the team.
Robyn joined our UK office at the beginning of June 2015.
She relocated from our Cape Town office, where she previously worked as a British nationality adviser for two years. She is a registered adviser with the OISC. Robyn has also lived in Edinburgh, Scotland, but grew up in Cape Town, South Africa where she studied International Hotel Management. This has given her experience in dealing personally and professionally with clients.
Emma joined the team as an OISC registered caseworker in May 2013.
Prior to this, Emma spent 10 years at the UK Border Agency in a high-profile role and built up extensive knowledge and experience in all areas of UK Immigration. Her expertise includes civilian armed forces applications and EEA Regulations.
Jonathan joined Philip Gamble & Partners as a British Citizenship Researcher in 2015.
Prior to joining our citizenship team, he spent two years working in the immigration department at 1st Contact Visas, where he gained extensive experience in immigration and citizenship cases. He obtained a degree in Economics and Management in the UK and also spent time living and working in the Czech Republic after completing his studies. Jonathan’s focus is on researching and exploring British citizenship cases that have not previously been examined.
Jonathan is a level one registered adviser with the Office of the Immigration Service Commissioner.
Chris obtained his Bachelor of Commerce in Marketing and Business Management at Damelin College.
He began his career at Sable International in our 1st Contact Tax Refunds and Accounting department before joining our immigration team. In his role as an Immigration Adviser Chris assesses our clients’ requirements and advises them on the best route for immigration.
Outside of work, Chris enjoys running and playing club cricket.
Kristy has been part of the Sable International family for many years. She started off in tax refunds and then moved into the immigration department.
Kristy has since become an expert in assisting customers with their UK visa applications and extensions. Dedicated to providing excellent customer service to all clients, Kristy has become particularly good at assessing what a client’s best relocation options are.
Outside of work Kristy enjoys spending time with her family and friends. She also has a keen passion for travel.
Philip trained with the Home Office within their Citizenship Directorate until 1992. He was the founder partner of Montgomery and Co and later Managing Director of 1st Contact Visas.
He has assisted in developing Government policies with the Points Based System and has instigated changes in Policy towards the descendants of Government employees of former British Territories. Philip is also responsible for immigration training in NHS Hospitals.
He is widely regarded as an authority on British nationality law and the effects of decolonisation within the former British Empire. Philip is registered with the OISC as a level 2 adviser in Immigration.
Meghan started her career with Sable International in 2008, as part of our customer service department.
From there, she also spent time in our UK tax refunds and forex departments, gaining valuable insight into the overall workings of the business. Meghan’s passion for customer service and personal growth eventually led her to our visa department, where she now works as a UK Immigration Caseworker.
Michael was born in the UK and raised in South Africa on a game lodge.
He attended Boston Campus where he obtained his GED. At Sable International, Michael assists our clients with their immigration and citizenship queries. Outside of work, he enjoys socialising, playing squash and travelling.
Reena was born and raised in Nairobi, Kenya. She is a graduate of the University of Nairobi and started her career with KPMG Kenya.
She joined Philip Gamble & Partners in 2010 and is a level 1 Registered Adviser in UK Immigration with the OISC.
Reena is responsible for all UK immigration applications lodged with British posts overseas and has had notable success in this area. She also handles after-entry cases that lead to settlement in the UK. Reena is fluent in English, Gujarati, Hindi and Kiswahili.
Joanne joined the firm in 2001 and is a level 1 Registered Adviser in Immigration with the Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner.
She was responsible for forming the team dealing with the issue of Sponsorship Certificates under Tier 2 of the Points Based Scheme for the National Health Service and Private Healthcare.
Joanne has been highly involved with visa audits for UK employers and is an expert in the country’s employment laws controlling the prevention of illegal labour.
Donna joined the firm in 2006 and plays a valuable role in the co-ordination of appointments and workflow for Philip Gamble.
Donna not only manages Philip’s schedule, but is also a lifeline to anybody who is anxious about their immigration status. Her caring attitude and friendly manner puts both clients and co-workers at ease.
Mishal was born in Mombasa, Kenya and relocated to the UK in 2004 after a successful colonial nationality claim through Philip Gamble & Partners.
Mishal joined Sable International in 2009 and is a registered adviser with the OISC. Mishal works closely with Philip Gamble and specialises in isolating claims to British Nationality for those who have connections to former British Territories, those who are resident in the UK and those adopted by British Citizens. Mishal has a special interest in East Africa and the sub-continent. He is fluent English, Kiswahili and Gujarati.
Kaj joined the firm in June 2013.
Born in Sri Lanka and raised in Germany, Kaj moved to the UK in 2004. She completed her studies in London and holds a degree in Biomedical Science. She is fluent in English, Tamil and German. Kaj is a registered adviser with the OISC. She prides herself on prompt and efficient customer service.
Michaela was born and raised in Cape Town. She attended Wynberg Girls High.
She has previously worked in customer service and as an administrator at a college. In her role at Sable International, Michaela assists our immigration team and ensures that our Immigration department runs smoothly.
Michaela enjoys spending time with family and friends and relaxing at home.
Kelsey grew up in the Southern Suburbs of Cape Town and attended Wynberg Girls High School.
In our Immigration Department, Kelsey assists our caseworkers and is responsible for handling status traces and communication with clients.
She loves to travel and is slowly ticking off the countries on her bucket list. She also enjoys reading, spending time with friends and family and yoga.
In 2008 John took up the mantle of Accounting Manager at Sable International.
With a knack for operations and project management, John took on the task of managing the group’s Citizenship & Immigration team in 2009.
Outside of work, John’s life is dedicated to his kids. He has competed in Ironman and half-Ironman triathlons and is an avid poker player.
Lisa studied at Stellenbosch University, where she completed a degree in social work.
She is the administrative assistant for our immigration casework team.
When she’s not helping ensure all our clients’ needs are taken care of, she likes to spend time with her friends, family and children. She’s also quite fond of experimental cooking and going on adventures.
Having qualified at Deloitte & Touche in Cape Town, Reg moved over to London and spent three years in investment banking in the city.
He founded a small tax consultancy in 1996 and in six years turned this into a company with offices in three countries and over 200 staff.
Reg lives in Putney, with his wife and two young sons. In his spare time, he competes internationally at croquet – he is a six-time winner of the World Championships.
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