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Permanent Residence in SA – latest developments

Permanent Residence in SA – latest developments

Currently we are experiencing inconsistencies in the processing of Permanent Residence (PR) applications. In a recent article in our blog and newsletter, we shared the information gazetted by the Department of Home Affairs (DHA), that over 4.600 old applications might be lost.

This refers to PR applications submitted prior to the introduction of VFS in June 2014, a private company now handling the submission and collection of applications on behalf of DHA, as well as their safe transport to DHA Pretoria.

IBN can proudly confirm, that we have no applications left outstanding on this list, which were still submitted directly to DHA. We have checked the entire list for familiar names. Found a few, but those clients have all long had their PR’s issued. So we don’t know what happened to the remaining old applicants, but believe that many have either been solved or moved on.

However all is still not good with DHA. A new backlog is currently created, as we have indeed PR applications outstanding since December 2014. Those have of course been submitted via VFS and can be tracked. All VFS confirms though is that they were handed to DHA typically a day or two after submission.

No further updates are available. We are currently pressuring DHA to process these long overdue applications, as common practice expects DHA to make decisions within 8 month. Continue reading

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Additional staff for the festive season at the O.R Tambo International Airport

Additional staff for the festive season at the O.R Tambo International Airport

As Africa’s busiest airport, an increased capacity plan for the festive period has become a critical requirement.

In recent months, there have been many complaints about the biometrics capturing systems causing long queues and flight delays in South African airports.

oiithc8wf68-matthew-smithIn a media briefing on 8 December, The Department of Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba announced several plans put in place by the government.

Announced plans:

These plans primarily deal with the large capacity of travelers entering the country over the festive season of 2016/2017. Continue reading

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Home Affairs will be offline for a week

Home Affairs will be offline for a week

As Home Affairs’ Director General Mkuseli Apleni announced in Pretoria 4 days ago, about 140 of the Home Affairs offices all around the country are going to be shot down for five days from 27. November until 2. December 2015.

Reason for that will be a upgrading of its hardware and software for a live capturing system for the new smart ID and passports.Smart-ID-card

It shall become easier to use for clients in the future, as for example it will be possible for people to apply for documents online without having to go to the HA office. Continue reading

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South Africa started taking biometric data at airports

South Africa started taking biometric data at airports

Last week OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg was the first of many international airports in South Africa to start the pilot project of capturing biometric data.

Although they are not taken yet, the training for the staff has already begun.

By taking the biometric data the Department of Home Affairs tries to bring forth the Enhanced Movement Control System (EMCS), which aims to secure the movement at the borders and control immigration at all ports of entry.

This is one of the main steps in the modernization process of the DHA.

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The pilots are planned to be run at Lanseria International Airport, OR Tambo International Airport, King Shaka International Airport and Cape Town International.

While the last two of them are planned to start on the 12th of November, OR started a week ago and Lanseria was supposed to start on the 2nd of November already, although officials did not seem able to tell if the training has actually started already. Continue reading

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