The Minister of Home Affairs, Malusi Gigaba, launched the Home Affairs Contact Centre on 18 October 2016 to replace the Call Centre while offering a multi-platform channel to provide clients with various options to interface with the Department.
These platforms include email and SMS services to better respond to queries in universally acceptable standards.
This may sound like a more competent and hassle free solution to the communication problems that have been faced by most applicants. However, upon closer inspection there has been no real change for immigrants wishing to reside in South Africa. Continue reading
Undisputed one of the global hot topics of the present day world; refugees, their impact on societies and how best to deal with them.
Which steps are to be taken by those seeking for a legal status after being forced to leave home?
Europe is faced with a so labelled ‘refugee crisis’, emergency meetings with the senior leaders of Western states have been regularly conducted over the past year to form action plans on dealing with the influx of asylum seekers.
Also one may argue that differing political opinions within the United Kingdom concerning the appropriate manner in which to deal with refugees has been an important factor leading towards Brexit. No need to further emphasize that dealing with people whom are seeking the protection of another state is an essential topic nowadays; all countries need to ensure that their refugee policy is carefully drafted.
Also in the African context the topic remains very high on the priority list. South Africa, being the most developed country in the Southern African region, attracts many refugees as well as ‘’gold seekers’’. Continue reading
As the new immigration law approached its 2nd birth date, on 26 May 2016 it was stated 2 years ago that the turnaround time for temporary residence visa applications would take 6-8 weeks.
This processing time is very well being adhered too in most cases. However, the processing of the permanent residence of 8-12 months is not being followed through by Home Affairs at all.
What happens in reality?
Turnaround time for adjudication of visa applications
Temporary residence literally takes 6-10 weeks to be issued 80% of the time. There are always the 10% of these applications that take longer.
This can only be due to the fact that the application was lost. The other 10% are the ones that take less than 6 weeks to be issued, usually these are the Critical skills applications. Continue reading
A Transfer of temporary residence visa applies to those who require their current temporary residence visa to be transferred from an old or lost/stolen passport into their new passport and have received their visa through VFS previously.
An online application needs to be lodged on the VFS website in order to apply for a visa transfer.
The visa transfer itself has no fee, however as for any application the VFS service fee is R1350.00.
How long does a Transfer of a visa to a new passport take?
Once the application has been submitted at VFS they will send the application pack off to Department of Home Affairs in Pretoria who will then issue you with the exact same visa to be endorsed into your new passport.
The processing time for a transfer visa is approximately 8-10weeks.
It is important to remember that Home Affairs has the overall influence over processing times as they are the ones who process the visas.