Conventional ID books still being issued by Home Affairs

Conventional ID books still being issued by Home Affairs

Last year the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) issued more than 680 000 smart ID cards to South African citizens 16 years of age and above, Minister of Home Affairs Malusi Gigaba told Parliament.

How many smart ID books were issued?

“During the fourth quarter of the 2015-2016 financial year‚ the DHA issued 683 550 smart ID cards to persons 16 years of age and above.

ID Book Permanent ResidenceThere were 69 903 first-issue identity documents issued within 54 working days and 51 468 re-issued IDs within 47 working days‚” said Minister Gigaba. Continue reading

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Home Affairs responds to accusations regarding VFS Global contract

Home Affairs responds to accusations regarding VFS Global contract

Department of Home Affairs takes a stand on accusations made regarding the outsourcing of visa and permit applications to VFS Global

The Department of Home Affairs (DHA) took a stand on the accusations made on occasion of the Home Affairs Budget Vote Oct. 14, 2016 in Cape Town.

What happened?

signingDHA recently signed with VFS Global, an outsourcing and technology services specialist for governments and diplomatic missions worldwide, to receive and manage visa and permit applications abroad and in South Africa on behalf of the Department.

The decision to approve or reject such applicants however still remains in the hands of the Department. Continue reading

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Home Affairs Contact Centre still a nightmare for immigrants wishing to reside in South Africa

The Minister of Home Affairs, Malusi Gigaba, launched the Home Affairs Contact Centre on 18 October 2016 to replace the Call Centre while offering a multi-platform channel to provide clients with various options to interface with the Department.

SA_flaggeChpapesch1These platforms include email and SMS services to better respond to queries in universally acceptable standards.

This may sound like a more competent and hassle free solution to the communication problems that have been faced by most applicants. However, upon closer inspection there has been no real change for immigrants wishing to reside in South Africa. Continue reading

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African visa requirements are getting stricter

For South African business travellers the bar in terms of visa requirements is rising in African countries requiring permits for South African passport holders.

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While you could get away with the minimum a couple of years ago, African countries visa requirements are getting more demanding nowadays.

What needs to be provided?

Besides a written letter of invitation from a local company and an itinerary South African business travellers might also be asked for proof of company registration, three months’ bank account statements with a minimum balance of R 18.000 and a tax clearance certificate. Continue reading

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