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Top 10 simple issues to be resolved by DHA overnight

Top 10 simple issues to be resolved by DHA overnight

Some times life can be simple.

Or a government authority can make life of others simple.

Here are a few suggestions, how the South African Department of Home Affairs could practically over night, with some quick decisions and mostly based on existing capacity and infrastructure, make the life of foreigners in SA much easier:

  1. 90 plus 90 days should be guaranteed so people can plan and book. Inform also the airlines that 180 day return ticket is legal.
  2. Issue Permanent Residence (PR) stickers back into passports. Add ID numbers where available. Requirement to travel with original PR certificates and paper ID books is just ridiculous. Continue reading

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Permanent Residence based on Critical Skills: Section 27 (b)

A Critical Skills Visa (CSV) can be applied for if the applicant is in possession of a critical skill in accordance with the Department of Home Affairs Government Gazette, 3 June 2014 that states the “skills or qualifications determined to be critical for the Republic of South Africa in relation to an application for Critical Skills Visa or Permanent Residence permit.”

One of the most important requirements of the Permanent Residence based on Critical Skills is the certificate received from the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA). The applicant will submit their highest qualification for evaluation with SAQA, and SAQA will then confirm the skills and/or qualifications of the applicant. Continue reading

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Visitors Visa for South Africa

Famous for Table Mountain, its beautiful beaches and award-winning winelands makes South Africa a popular tourist destination.

Travelling and entering into South Africa for tourists can be determined by whether you are from a visa exempt country or visa non-exempt country.

Travellers from visa exempt countries, such as most European and North American countries, do not need a visa for South Africa. Continue reading

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‘Enter on or before’ date on your visa is not an expiry date

Contrary to popular belief, the ‘Enter on or before’ date on your visa is not an expiry date

There is a difference between visas issued within South Africa and visas issued in foreign countries. Visas issued in South Africa have an official expiry date that says VISA EXPIRY DATE. Visas issued outside South Africa has a section where is says ‘enter on or before’.

One should pay close attention to the ‘enter on or before’ date. This date is not your visa’s expiry date but the latest date at which you should have entered South Africa to activate your visa.

When entering South Africa, you will be issued with an entry stamp, and that entry stamp will hold your official visa expiry date.

The immigration officer at the airport issues this stamp with a ‘VALID UNTIL’ date. This date will be the date of entry plus the duration of your visa.

If you have a 3 year visa it will be the date 36 months from your date of entry.

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