Home Affairs - Urgent Update

NEW IMMIGRATION BILL

As you may have heard, the South African Department of Home Affairs (DHA) is currently reviewing a new Immigration Bill. This new piece of legislation will affect every foreign nationals wanting to emigrate to South Africa.

The minister of Home Affairs has made it very clear of her desire for ALL applications to be submitted in the applicants home country (as opposed to allowing submissions to also happen in South Africa).

The rational behind this is to prevent those coming to South Africa on a visitors visa "falling in love” with the country and then applying for a temporary longer stay permit. It also reduces the work load and consequent backlog of applications the Department of Home Affairs has been facing for years now. Lastly (for the purpose of this announcement) it also serves as a security measure, as the various embassies can directly contact the police authorities in the respective countries and conduct a security check for selected applicants, where the embassy deems it necessary.

Whilst there is no guarantee this will become law, there is every chance it will. There has not been confirmation from Home Affairs when these changes will be implemented, but from experience, announcements from Home Affairs are very often at extremely short notice, hence our pre-emptive announcement.

HOW COULD THIS AFFECT YOU?

For those in South Africa who have yet to submit their permit application for temporary residency

If you are currently in South Africa and have yet to make your permit submission it is absolutely vital the application is concluded and submitted as soon as possible. A failure to do so could result in you having to fly back to your country of origin and submit your application there in person.

For those outside of South Africa yet to make their permit application

If you are based abroad and not yet submitted your application to the DHA we would advice that your application is submitted in your country of origin via the South African embassies and consulates. We have experienced some excellent results in terms of time frames and efficiency in
doing this and are experienced in terms of the processes required.

Summary

Every Department of Home Affairs throughout the world has the right to review its regulations and processes (as evidenced by the UK, Canada, Australia and USA in recent weeks). In this regard South Africa is no different – however many of these countries provide a courtesy period
before actioning them. South African DHA has a track record of not doing so and effecting implementation immediately.

Thank you for this information JoachimS.

Hi all

Another update on Home Affairs, this time regaring applications already in process at the Department of Home Affairs in South Africa.

The Department of Home Affair is certain to be able to reduce the current backlog by the end of February. Applications submitted in South Africa, currentlt take 4-6 months to be processed (10-15 working days at South African emabssies abroad).

For details have a look at the following news article:

"Home affairs backlog ‘over soon'
Home Affairs gives assurance that bulk of backlog in work will be cleared by end of February. "

http://www.businessday.co.za/articles/C … ?id=134879

thank you for your message.I will like to find out if there are any up-date or new laws on permit acquisition for South Africa this 2013 for football wanting to attend a year-long soccer Camp in Joburg with an academy in SA.
Thank you

Hello Mr Joachim.Hope u re doing great.
  Am Hamza Saani from Ghana and a football player wanting to re-locate to SA.I will base in Joburg with an Soccer Academy and will be staying with the academy for a year one period subject to renewal between myself n the academy.
   However,i will like to find-out whether it is easy getting a temporary stay PERMIT when arrive in SA with the Academy for the period i will be with the Soccer Academy.
     Look forward to hear from u soon.

Thank you

This change is still only in debate and has not been passed yet. When it is, I will make an update t this thread.

Until then, no need to worry about this at all.

Thank you member for you mail.So i can get the permit when arrives in South Africa and how long will it takes to get it.
Thank you '''''''''''

It would be faster for you to apply in your country, or your closest SA mission.

THANK YOU ONCE AGAIN.FROM YOUR EXPERIENCE ABOUT LIFE IN SA,WHAT WILL U RECOMMEND FOR A FIRST TIME VISITOR TO SA,LIKE ITEMS TO COME ALONG TIME FOR HIS STAY LIKE CLOTHING AND OTHER STUFF OR THINGS I NEED MOST FOR STAY IN SA.
  Thank you for your time.

Hello asdeplay -> Could you please lower your caps lock when writing so as to ease the reading?

Maybe you could start a new thread as well on the South Africa forum concerning stuff to bring. ;)

Thank you,
Aurélie