VFS role in Immigration to South Africa

VFS role in immigration SA
VFS role in immigration South Africa

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

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VFS centres tangle the tinsel as they close for the holidays!

VFS closes for Christmas, causing chaos.South Africa
VFS closes for Christmas, causing chaos.
South Africa

What does Eskom and the South African Visa Facilitation centers have in common?

They are leaving 1000’s in the dark this Christmas!

In response to their colossal backlog of Visa and Permit applications in South Africa, the VFS have acted surprisingly by closing their facilities for the Christmas holidays.

The VFS have issued the dates they will be closed over the festive season as follows:

22 December 2014- 5th January 2015. They have made provision for 2 ‘collection only’ days: 22nd the 23rd of December 2014

To add insult to injury, applicants are already being made to wait 3 months for an appointment at some VFS centres, despite their claims that scheduling appointments would be within 5 days of registering on their online booking system. Read more VFS centres tangle the tinsel as they close for the holidays!

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Zimbabweans in SA can renew permits this week

ZSP PermitsThe Department of Home Affairs has issued a deportation warning just days before the Zimbabwe Special Permits programme is set to launch.

The Zimbabwe Special Permits programme has been implemented for Zimbabweans who obtained permits under the Dispensation for Zimbabwe Project (DZP) in 2010.

Approximately 245 000 Zimbabweans who benefited in 2010 under the dispensation project will be eligible to apply for work and study permits under the new Zimbabwe Special Permits (ZSP) programme.

Undocumented foreigners without proper travel documents or permits will be deported in line with the new immigration laws the Department of Home Affairs implemented earlier this year.

The Dispensation of Zimbabweans Project will expire on the 31st of December 2014. Read more Zimbabweans in SA can renew permits this week

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VFS Visa and Permit Centres in South Africa

Visa & Permit Centre open in June
Visa & Permit Centre open in June

Department of Home Affairs has announced the opening of the VFS Visa & Permit Facilitation Centre in 9 provinces and 11 cities within South Africa.

Visa and Permit applications will be accepted at 11 centre in South Africa. These applications will be assessed by Department of Home Affairs in Pretoria. Non-South Africans with a legal residency permit in South Africa can apply for a visa or permit at these centres.

Zimbabwe nationals on Special Dispensation for Zimbabweans Project, Asylum and Refugee cases are directly handled by Department of Home Affairs.

The following opening days have been announced:

2 June – Pretoria, Rustenburg and Kimberly
9 June – Durban, Bloemfontain, George
18 June – Johannesburg
20 June – Cape Town
23 June – Polokwane, Nelspruit, Port Elizabeth

Submission Timings: 08h00 to to16h00 Monday-Friday

A service fee of R 1350 incl. VAT has to be paid per application.

IMPORTANT: VFS operates a call centre to answer your questions about the application process but CANNOT provide immigration advice.

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Department of Home Affairs outsourcing to VFS for immigration to South Africa

Visa South Africa 2014
Visa South Africa 2014

In Pretoria today a meeting was called by VFS and the Department of Home Affairs for all immigration consultants to learn more about the outsourcing function for certain immigration processes.

Below we report on the highlights of the meeting but we also stress that as yet this has not been gazetted so some information may well be altered or clarified:

The role of VFS

Seeking greater efficiency for the processing of visa applications, the Department of Home Affairs has appointed as their outsourcing partner a company called VFS.

VFS will be opening (reports suggest maybe in June) 11 offices around South Africa, these offices are commonly known as VAC’s – Visa Application Centres.

At these VAC’s applicants will be welcomed to submit their applications as well as their biometric data.

Once the application has been checked for completeness and the biometric data captured, VFS will then scan the application and forward the same to the Head Office of Home Affairs in Pretoria. Read more Department of Home Affairs outsourcing to VFS for immigration to South Africa

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