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.
These 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
For South African business travellers the bar in terms of visa requirements is rising in African countries requiring permits for South African passport holders.
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
As per the new immigration law that was issued on 26 May 2014 it was stated that the turnaround time for Permanent Residence Applications would take approximately:
8 – 12 months.
This processing time is not necessarily being adhered too and currently having the applicants easily wait up to 2 years for their Permanent Residence application to be finalized regardless of the outcome.
What should happen?
Permanent Residence applications as stated should take 8 – 12 months however over the past 2 years Permanent Residence applications that have been submitted are being issued much slower than the expected time frame.
These applications now in practice have easily been taking 18 – 24 months regardless of the outcome. Continue reading
THE Refugee Status Determination Officer HOLDS THE DISCRETION TO ACCEPT OR REJECT THE APPLICANT’S ASYLUM APPLICATION BASED ON THE INTERVIEW.
THE Refugee Status Determination Officer (RSDO) CAN MAKE ONE OF THREE DECISIONS:
If the application holds substantial grounds as provided by the applicant, the asylum seeker will be issued with a section 24(3)(a) permit under the Refugees Act. Depending on how the Refugee Reception Officer makes its final decision, the permit may be extended for a duration of two to four years. An approval of this application, allows the asylum seeker to apply for a refugee ID and travel document.
If claim rejected as manifestly unfounded.
Within 5 days of rejection, the RSDO must provide the applicant with a rejection letter stating reasons why his / her application was rejected. The full written reasons must also inform the applicant of his right to an appeal challenging the RSDO decision to the Standing Committee on Refugees Affairs (SCRA). The applicant is given 14 days to prepare a written representation to SCRA to review his or her application. Continue reading