Top 10 wishes to our new Home Affairs Minister Dear Madam Minister Prof Hlengiwe Buhle Mkhize, we congratulate you on your appointment as Minister of Home Affairs and wish you well for your leadership of this important department. Our firm has been engaging with your department for almost 20 years now as we assist foreign investors coming into South Africa. You have a distinguished career of serving our country behind you, both here and abroad.
A dot in the middle of the vast ocean Despite my excellent geographical knowledge I had never heard of the place. Tristan da Cunha, GPS coordinates 37.1052° S, 12.2777° W, a tiny volcanic Island of roughly 200 km2 in the middle of the Atlantic ocean about 5 days sailing west of Cape Town.
Urgent alert issued by Home Affairs regarding visa rectifications, visa transfers and rejected appeals
Urgent alert issued by Home Affairs regarding visa rectifications, visa transfers and rejected appeals Urgent alert issued by the Department of Home Affairs regarding visa rectifications, visa transfers and appeals on applications rejected. Below, please find a summary of the attached directive for ease of reference:
Families denied boarding and entry to SA during holidays According to the online newsportal Toursim Update, a total of 623 travellers were denied boarding during the holiday season between 9 December 2016 and 14 January 2017 by various airlines, while 1 222 minors were refused arrival at the country's ports of entry, including airports and land borders. This is according to figures revealed by the Department of Home Affairs last week.
SOUTH AFRICA: Home Affairs issues blanket waiver to International students as a result of current student protests
On 31 October 2016, Home Affairs Minister, Malusi Gigaba, issued Directive No 25 of 2016 to foreign students, granting them an automatic extension on their study visas, as a result of the current student protests happening in South Africa.
It has been roughly 2 years since the implementation of VFS into the visa application process for South Africa and quite a bit has changed, both for better and, unfortunately, for worse. After months of preparation, anxiousness and many months of processing times, one of the most frustrating and infuriating feelings is to receive a rejection on your visa application, even more so if the reason for rejection is unlawful, incorrect, unclear or just plain silly. Sitting in the collection room at a VFS office awaiting our visa outcome is often a tedious and stressful activity. Watching the faces of those before you in line collecting their outcomes, one gains a sense of whether or not their visa/permit application was approved or rejected. This rate of sadness seems to have increased dramatically over the last 2 years to a rate of roughly 50%, less so for individuals with applications prepared by immigration experts though. […]