4616 lost applications for Permanent Residence at the Department of Home Affairs of South Africa

The South African Department of Home Affairs recently had to admit that it has lost 4,616 applications and published a list of affected applicants online. All mentioned applicants have to re-apply and submit new applications per email to the Department of Home Affairs.

The Department received permanent residence applications prior to 02 June 2014 utilising the Track and Trace system .

The Department has now published a notification in its website that it has noted that it does not have 4616 applications on hand as per Track and Trace system.

The Department of Home Affairs could not clarify the reasons for the loss of these applications.

To solve this issue, Mr Mkuseli Apleni, the Director-General of the Department of Home Affairs, under the powers vested in him under Sections 26 and 27 of the Immigration Act, 2002 (Act no. 13 of 2002) as amended, published a list in the National Government Gazette.

In its current issue, No 40691 on 17 March 2017 from page 35 to 95, a list of applicants is published who applied for permanent residence prior to 02 June 2014. These applicants have to submit new applications at their earliest convenience and without delay, re-submit their Permanent Residence Permit applications electronically through the Department of Home Affairs Contact Centre (HACC).

The list can also be requested online at www.pgwonline.co.za .

The persons whose particulars appear on the published list will be afforded a period of two (2) months from the date of publication of the notice to re-submit the applications at no further cost. The Department of Home Affairs will not accept any applications submitted after the stipulated period, obviously without any exception.

Only applicants that are mentioned in the list may re-submit their applications by e-mail to the Department of Home Affairs.

All applicants on the list who are eighteen (18) years of age and older must also submit a South African Police Clearance Certificate not older than six (6) months or approach the Afiswitch office to submit an application for a South African Police Clearance Certificate. Failure to re-submit your permanent residence application will render the application closed. 

For the convenience of the application process, the Department of Home Affairs also provided a phone number to check the progress of the application. This can be done by calling the HACC on 0800601190.

Lastly, the Department of Home Affairs at least stated to endeavour the finalisation of all affected Permanent Residence Applications by the end of December 2017.

We can kindly assist you with the facilitation of your re-application as well as your new application for Permanent Residence Permit in South Africa. For further information about the South African Immigration landscape, click here.

by Franz Josef Leipfinger

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