As part of the new Immigration Act, the Department of Home Affairs ceased, from now on, the receipt of new applications for permanent and temporary residence.
VISA Facilitation Services (VFS)
The submission process of visa applications has officially been outsourced to a company called Visa Facilitation Services (VFS).
The decision itself is not a big surprise, as it is even a good basis for more efficient application processes. It’s rather the whole time management of the responsible authorities regarding the implementation of the new Visa Application Centres (VAC) which confuses applicants and immigration practitioners. At the VACs, applicants will submit their applications and biometric data for processing.
Once the applications have been checked, they will be scanned and forwarded to the Home Affairs Head Office in Pretoria. Continue reading