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Airport immigration capacity receives a R25 million boost

Airport immigration capacity receives a R25 million boost

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.

38kvypi1gti-andrey-larinThe 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

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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 responds to accusations regarding VFS Global contract

Home Affairs responds to accusations regarding VFS Global contract

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.

What happened?

signingDHA 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

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Foreign students are allowed to stay longer in South Africa for their exams

Foreign students are allowed to stay longer in South Africa for their exams

Good news for foreign students in South Africa. The Minister of Home Affairs Malusi Gigaba recently announced that there are going to be made exceptions concerning the expiration of study visas.

Due to the students’ protests in the last few weeks – which succeeded to prevent an announced raising of study fees- the universities decided to postpone their examination.

picture: Martin Rhodes

picture: Martin Rhodes

This certainly made some of the foreign students feel uncomfortable.

However, they can concentrate on their studies now after Gigaba announced that:

students whose visa expired on the end of October or were about to expire in November 2015, will not be declared undesirable but are allowed to stay in South Africa until 31 December 2015. Continue reading

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