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
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 online publisher The Southern African daily TOURISM UPDATE reports a high number of foreign visitors in 2016.
Hence, further employment was created for staff at the OR Tambo International Airport as a result thereof.
The South African Department of Home Affairs will increase for the 2017/2018 financial year the number of immigration officials employed at OR Tambo International Airport.
The Minister of Home Affairs, Malusi Gigaba, told media at a briefing on Wednesday that:
The department had allocated R25 million (€1.7m) for the 2017/2018 financial year and should be able to appoint an additional 58 immigration officials as well as fully capacitate its management team. Continue reading
Last year the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) issued more than 680 000 smart ID cards to South African citizens 16 years of age and above, Minister of Home Affairs Malusi Gigaba told Parliament.
How many smart ID books were issued?
“During the fourth quarter of the 2015-2016 financial year‚ the DHA issued 683 550 smart ID cards to persons 16 years of age and above.
There were 69 903 first-issue identity documents issued within 54 working days and 51 468 re-issued IDs within 47 working days‚” said Minister Gigaba. Continue reading