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
Permanent residence in South Africa can be applied for in the following categories:
- Financial independence
- Five years of continuous employment in the Republic
- Spouse/child/parent/first step of kinship of a South African citizen or permanent resident
The conditions for an application for permanent residence based on business and retirement are as outlined above for temporary residence. However, in the case of retirement one must provide proof of a guaranteed monthly income of at least ZAR 37,000 for the whole period the applicant wishes to spend in South Africa, i.e. in this case indefinitely.
South African ID Books are issued to South African citizens and Permanent Resident holders from the age of 16 years and onwards. If you are working for the South African government or one of its statutory bodies outside the Republic of South Africa, you are also eligible to receive a South African ID Book.
The green bar-coded identity book can be considered as a legal proof of identification in South Africa.
All ID Book applications are done at the respective Departments of Home Affairs or South African Missions or Consulates abroad.
The applications are then sent to the Department of Home Affairs head office in Pretoria where applications are processed and ID Books are generated.
If you are applying for a South African ID Book for the first time, this step by step process is worth a read. Continue reading
As part of our FAQ series, we have another article which will answer the question for those who paid the repatriation fee and did not receive or claim the money back.
Paid repatriation fee – what do to now?
If you have received your Permanent Residence (PR) or if you changed the status of your temporary residence visa after the new law came into effect, the deadline to claim your repatriation fee back directly from the department of Home Affairs was already at the 28th of February 2015.
There were rumors that they will extend this deadline but so far they have unfortunately not done this.
If you have not yet claimed your repatriation fee back, you should try to inquire directly from the Embassy in your Home country when you return home for a visit. Please note: Continue reading