Top 10 simple issues to be resolved by DHA overnight

Top 10 simple issues to be resolved by DHA overnight

Some times life can be simple.

Or a government authority can make life of others simple.

Here are a few suggestions, how the South African Department of Home Affairs could practically over night, with some quick decisions and mostly based on existing capacity and infrastructure, make the life of foreigners in SA much easier:

  1. 90 plus 90 days should be guaranteed so people can plan and book. Inform also the airlines that 180 day return ticket is legal.
  2. Issue Permanent Residence (PR) stickers back into passports. Add ID numbers where available. Requirement to travel with original PR certificates and paper ID books is just ridiculous.
  3. Issue smart ID’s for non-citizens who are PR, giving them old style paper ID book makes no sense.
  4. Allow all TR and PR submission with valid visas at VFS SA, even on 30 or 90 day visitor visa or ICT’s. If applicants are in the country already, it makes no economical sense not to do so and to send them back to their home countries. There is zero cost to the SA tax payer, if VFS is used and enormous cost if the missions abroad are used. Of course all applicants must keep their TR’s valid or leave SA before expiry. Legally applicants can just wait for their result abroad.
  5. Put PR applications submitted at SA missions onto VFS track & trace, otherwise nobody knows where these applications are!
  6. Allow submissions for spouses from within SA, it is otherwise a breach of our constitution and just causes so much hardship.
  7. Acknowledge IP’s and attorneys as a positive contribution to efficiency.
  8. Recognize ICT as a valuable contribution to the working world and allow them to continue to stay in SA if they wish to do so and qualify for another visa. Allow this submission via VFS in South Africa. Foreigners working in SA are contributing positively to our economy.

How nice would it be if these points could be addressed by Home Affairs by simple directives to all missions and to VFS Global? No law would need to be changed, just the interpretation and the implementation of the current Immigration Act.

by Dirk Meissner

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