1.) Update on the 2014 Immigration regulations
Much reporting and debate has taken place since the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) introduced the new immigration regulations on 26 May 2014.
Furthermore the approach seems to be that implementation of this new law starts with the promulgation by the President. Preparation of services, training of staff, etc. is to follow. Basically we got a brand new car delivered, only that the wheels and the seats are still missing – and of course the steering wheel!
2.) Travelling with children and unabridged birth certificate date has been postponed to 1 June 2015
Today, the 16th of September, the minister of Home Affairs Mr Malusi Gigaba announced that the new requirement for an unabridged birth certificate for all children traveling in and out of South Africa and all borders has been postponed. It has been postponed from the the 1st of October to the 1 June 2015.
3.) Requirements for visitor visa extensions (swallows)
Indeed there is massive confusion at present, especially because the new law is still so fresh and all training of officials has only started some 4-6 weeks after the law has been promulgated. This left a lot of room for speculation and own wild interpretations by officials around the world. Some of the interpretations and experiences have simply never been part of the legal framework.
4.) Public notice for quota work permit holders
This information is for everyone who has been issued with a Quota Work Permit and who has to submit an annual confirmation as condition of their permit.
5.) Problems with VFS Visa Facilitation Services
As to be expected, the teething problems at Visa Facilitation Services (VFS) centers are continuing, now that visas are starting to come back. The department of Home Affairs (HA) outsourced the taking in of visas and permit applications to Visa Facilitation Services (VFS) in June, as well as the shipping to Pretoria.