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Home Affairs Contact Centre still a nightmare for immigrants wishing to reside in South Africa

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.

SA_flaggeChpapesch1These 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

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Foreign students to stay on in South Africa after graduating

Foreign students to stay on in South Africa after graduating

Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba has announced it will be possible for foreign students to live in South Africa after they graduated with the objective to attract more foreign students and contributing to the national development.

The aim is to develop immigration policies and practices, in respect of international students, which are beneficial to all foreigners, beneficial to their home countries, and beneficial to South Africa.

Malusi Gigaba

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Mr Gigaba wants to make it easy for foreigners to obtain study visas, have a pleasant experience whilst studying and staying in South Africa after graduation.

Home Affairs is developing proposals in this regard which will be announced soon. The students have an opportunity to give their opinion on the offerings for visas.

The Department of Higher Education & Training was also invited to the event to engage with the foreign students on the academic and enrollment dimensions of their studies in South Africa. Continue reading

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Top 10 things to know about permits in Botswana

Top 10 things to know about permits in Botswana

For living and working in Botswana one has to apply for a visa or permit first. First things first. Here are the most important things –

hence our Top 10 list –

that have to be considered when you need to have a visa or permit in Botswana:

  1. Permits in Botswana are issued by the Ministry of Labour and Home Affairs
  2. When obtaining a long term permit one needs to apply for a residence permit as well
  3. Medical certificates and radiological reports are considered as one document and are only valid for 14 days

    Botswana

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  4. Visitor visas allow you to have to visit Botswana on a multiple entry basis but can only be renewed for the remainder of your 90 day stay Continue reading

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FAQ: I’ve lost my original VFS receipt, what now?

FAQ: I’ve lost my original VFS receipt, what now?

If you have lost your original VFS application receipt, do not despair, you are still able to collect the outcome of your visa application at the VFS Facilitation Centre by following these easy steps:

Step 1:

Log on to your VFS online profile and obtain your application reference number. If you are using an Immigration Company, like IBN Consulting, one of our trusted consultants are able to obtain the reference number for you.

Step 2:

Head to your nearest Police Station and sign an affidavit stating that you have lost your original VFS application receipt. Please include your full name (as written o Continue reading

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