You have 35 business days before you forfeit your repatriation deposit!
There 50 days in total of which 35 are working days before February 28th 2015 – the cut off date to claim back your South African repatriation deposit.
Those who have paid repatriation deposits and qualify to reclaim it, need to act immediately to ensure those funds are not forfeited.
The South African Home Affairs Director-General encourages any immigrant/foreigner who, prior to the implementation of the Immigration Amendment Act, 2011 on 26 May 2014, to submit a claim to recover these funds before the cut off day 28 Feb 2015
Many people have started to question the role of the VFS in immigration to South Africa. As background, the Department of Home Affairs made the decision to outsource certain parts of the application process for obtaining a visa or permit for South African immigration.
The decision to outsource, was in line with that of governments all over the world, but with one big difference – whereas the international trend was to seek a third party provider only for applications made OUTSIDE of their borders, the South African DHA made the decision to outsource these functions INSIDE their borders. Read more VFS role in Immigration to South Africa ›
Last week the Western Cape Provincial Parliament’s standing committee on agriculture and economic development held public hearings on the regulations in the schedule to the immigration act.
Intergate Immigration Director, Monya Flier, addressed the committee and stakeholders on behalf of Intergate Immigration.
Key speakers included Minister of Economic Opportunities Mr Alan Winde, Cape Town Tourism CEO Mr E Duminy, and International School of Cape Town’s Principal Mr Hunter among others.
The public hearings were held over Thursday and Friday with many disapproving the new visa regulations as it would affect their various industries negatively resulting in job losses.
Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba, failed to arrive for the final round of public hearings on Friday, nevertheless the examining of the impact of the new immigration regulations continued. Read more Intergate attends public hearings ›
We have written much in the last few weeks regarding the controversial new regulations concerning the new requirements for minor children (classified as under 18’s) travelling both in and out of South Africa.
There has been a number of challenges to the Department of Home Affairs that has included representation from airlines, the Department of Tourism and other stakeholders in the tourism industry. Some claim the new rules could cost the economy up to 10 billion rand per annum and others that the Department of Home Affairs is simply not yet ready to cope with the new practises Read more Travelling with children South Africa: New rules challenged ›
Intergate Immigration has filed another lawsuit against the South African Department of Home Affairs.
More than 900 immigrants have filed an urgent application to force the Department of Home Affairs to do its job. They claim, in a 48-page document, that the department has failed to process and determine various applications for permits within a “reasonable or lawful” time period.
Stuart James, Director at Intergate Immigration Service, the organisation behind the court case, said it was receiving “literally thousands of calls and e-mails” each week from confused immigrants or prospective immigrants. Read more Lawsuit against Department of Home Affairs ›
The Department of Home Affairs has provided a grace period to allow children to travel with parents or guardians without an unabridged birth certificate until end of September 2014.
This means that families will be able to travel with children even for the coming school holidays as some would have made the necessary arrangements ahead of the commencement of the Immigration Amendment Acts of 2007 and 2011 and the new Immigration Regulations. The Amendment Acts and the new Regulations came into effect on 26 May 2014.
From 01 October 2014, the requirement for an unabridged birth certificate for children travelling with parents will come into effect for the safety of children, including their protection from child trafficking, abduction and kidnapping.
The Department urges citizens and foreign nationals to heed the call to apply for unabridged birth certificates for children. An unabridged birth certificate of the child reflecting the particulars of the parents is required in terms of the Immigration Regulation 6 (12)(a) for children travelling with parents.
Enquiries: David Hlabane, 071 527 9463 and Thabo Mokgola, 071 712 9710.
Yes, you read the headline correct, the Department of Home Affairs are no longer taking applications for temporary and permanent residency.
We have been aware of the planned outsourcing of the permit and visa submission process for some time and indeed have been vocal in welcoming them.
It is still our belief that the Visa Application Centres (VAC’s) ultimately bring with them a host of benefits but the implementation of these VAC’s is not being carried out in a very efficient manner.