South Africa seems to have abounded the global standards of carrying a passport. And internationally it is not regarded as safe. Whereas other countries constantly improve the security features of its passports, SA seems to have given up completely.
The entire drama started in July 2009, when suddenly the United Kingdom required South Africans to apply for visas, mostly as a result of terrorism fears. Most importantly, that terrorists could obtain passports which allow them to travel into Europe.
And there are 2 elements to it, the passport itself as well as the control over its production system. Apparently many blank passports simply disappeared at the government printers.
Things have since improved, but not yet to the extend that South Africans can travel without having to apply for a visa in order to enter the UK and Europe. Effectively a visa is another (upfront) passport verification process.
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.
A few months ago Minister Malusi Gigaba of the department of Home Affairs announced the introduction of a so-called BRICS visa. Now several months later it seems the system has started processing these visas.
BRICS stands for Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, meaning that this type of visa is available to all BRICS country passport holders except for South Africans. At the moment most of these countries are so-called non-visa exempt, meaning that its citizens need to apply for a visitor’s visa to South Africa each time prior to their travels. Continue reading