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:
- 90 plus 90 days should be guaranteed so people can plan and book. Inform also the airlines that 180 day return ticket is legal.
- 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. Continue reading
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. Continue reading
The Department of Home Affairs recently published significant changes in immigration law under the headline:
“Application for study visas for students studying at private institutions of learning in the process of being registered with the relevant Department of Education”.
EFFECTS FOR THEIR STUDENTS
From now on, also some language schools are registered with the Department of Education, which means that their students are eligible for a general South African study visa.
Private Institutions which have so far not been registered with the relevant Department of Higher Education (DHET), were not covered under the above definition of Learning Institutes.
This has now changed:
After consultation with the Director-General of Department of Higher Education (DHET), the Minster of Home Affairs, Mr. Malusi Gigaba has approved the granting of study visas to a category of students registered at certain institutions which are currently undergoing a registration process with the DHET. Continue reading
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.
DHA 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