Why would I use a registered migration agent?/ Practitioner?

Although you do not have to use a registered migration agent to lodge your visa application, they might be able to help you if your case is complex or you require immigration assistance.
Registered migration agents are required to:
• have a sound knowledge of migration law and procedure
• act professionally and in a timely manner
• abide by the Code of Conduct for registered migration agents
• have appropriate insurance
• be a fit and proper person to give immigration assistance and be a person of integrity (this will involve criminal history checks).
If you have a problem with a registered agent, you can make a complaint to the Authority – FIPSA .
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Why has my South Africa visa application been refused?

What are my options ?
Your visa application could be refused for a number of reasons, such as:
• you have not met the conditions of a previous visa
• you did not provide enough information to prove the claims you made in your application
• you do not meet South Africa’s health or character requirements
• you gave the wrong information, or made a false claim in your application
For details on what you can do next, refer to our article on Appeal Process or contact us for assistance
www.samigration.com

How will I know if my visa application has been approved?

We will tell you or VFS or Embassy will let you know by email or sms
If the visa is granted, we will let you know:
• when you can use the visa
• when the visa will be inserted in your passport r
• any conditions attached to the visa.
If the visa is not granted, you receive a letter from VFS or Embassy advising:
• why the visa was refused
• your review rights (if any)
• the time limit for lodging an appeal (if applicable).
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Home Affairs ‘killed me’

Home Affairs ‘killed me’
Natal Courier – 18 November 2018

She says she ‘almost died of shock’ when she was told that ‘according to the system’ she died in 2016.
Samkelisiwe Kunene has been declared dead by Home Affairs.
Samkelisiwe Kunene (51) can’t believe that the Department of Home Affairs has left her for dead. Literally. She says she ‘almost died of shock’ when she was told that ‘according to the system’ she died in 2016. The mother of four has since been unable to sleep peacefully.
She didn’t know that her ID was invalid until the day she went to the bank to get forms for her late husband’s pension payout. To her surprise, she was told that according to the information on the system, she was dead.
” Where did I die, what caused my death? All these questions ran through my mind but worse of all I could not get the money that my children needed from the bank,” cried Samkelisiwe. She was asked by the bank teller to go to Home Affairs and have the matter sorted out; only then would she get the money.
Aggrieved, Samkelisiwe went to Home Affairs and was issued with a re-submission form and another form to be filled out by her old high school.
She was also asked to bring an affidavit with her mother’s signature and her late husband’s death certificate. Samkelisiwe claims to have bought in all the necessary documents last November.
“I was told to wait six months as the Department needed to process all of my documents. I did all that but up until today, nothing has been done and I am still declared dead by Home Affairs.”
The most frustrating issue she has had to face because of this ordeal is that her two children had to drop out of College because there is no money to pay the fees. “My two youngest children had to drop out of Berea College because I could not get their father’s money – one of them was supposed to be doing her final year this year.”
The Courier contacted Dundee’s Department of Home Affairs and was told that Samukelisiwe’s case is with the Immigration Home Affairs department and they are not sure what the hold up is but will do a ‘follow up’.
Samukelisiwe has since suffered from depression and is hoping that this matter will be sorted out soon.

Solly Msimanga concerned about delays in processing visas and permits

Solly Msimanga concerned about delays in processing visas and permits
16 November 2018 – Sandton Chronicle

RIVONIA – Following an oversight visit to Rivonia, Msimanga is concerned that there is a delay in issuing permits and visas.

Solly Msimanga says the delay in issuing visas and permits is concerning.
Solly Msimanga, current Tshwane mayor and candidate for Gauteng Premiere, said that delays in issuing visas and permits are worrying, following an oversight visit to Rivonia.
The oversight visit was conducted at the offices of VFS Global which are out-sourced by the Department of Home Affairs to assist with processing visas and permits. This was done to help ease some of the burdens on the Department of Home Affairs.
Jacques Julius, the Democratic Alliance’s Team One spokesperson on immigration said that the waiting time of visas to be issued is still a concern of theirs. Although the task was outsourced to VFS to reduce delays, it appears this is still a problem. “We welcome all documented immigrants to South Africa, we want to create a situation where it’s very smooth and easy for people to enter this country because we know the benefits of a proper immigration system.”
Msimanga highlighted that although this system is meant to reduce delays, it is a paid-for service, which means it is not necessarily accessible to every person hoping to obtain a permit. Msimanga said that one of their key concerns is that many people may not be able to afford the service and are unwilling to stand in queues at Home Affairs offices for days on end, therefore not obtaining any documentation at all.
“The system that they have here is of great quality that in my mind is something that Home Affairs should have done in the first place and how to process documents for people and make it more efficient and user-friendly so that people can have a good experience when they are at Home Affairs.”
Msimanga added that the management of VFS Global explained that their duty is only to receive the applications and ensure that all the required documents are attached to the application and the final decision still lies with the Department of Home Affairs.

Government to overhaul visa regulations

18 November 2018 – Sowetan Live
In a move that is aimed at increasing the number of tourists coming into the country, government is planning to overhaul its visa regulations.
The plan would ease up on visa regulations for minors travelling with single parents and guardians, says tourism minister Derek Hanekom.
The move hopes to see the increase in the number of tourists as has been the case in Angola and Russia. Hanekom said the country is one of the most visited family tourist destinations and as such should make it easy for families to come into the country.
“We saw the dramatic rise in tourism numbers following the visa waives for countries such as Angola and Russia but we’ve also felt the negative effect of the ill-considered imposition of visa requirements on visitors from New Zealand. We are in the process of relaxing regulations for minors travelling to South Africa to make it easier for young people, single parents and guardians travelling with children to visit South Africa,” said Hanekom to applause from tourist operators.
The easing of these regulations would benefit operators such as Lebo’s Soweto Backpackers that won in the Service Excellence Backpacking and Hoteling category. Representative of the Lebo’s Soweto Backpackers Lungile Gift said they want to bring people together and help improve diversity in the country.
“Basically, what we want to do is to break stereotypes and bring people together … We are trying to show the better sides of Soweto,” said Gift.
With 1.3 billion tourists worldwide, tourism is the fastest-growing industry, according to Hanekom.
“In South Africa, tourism has also outpaced other industries, contributing 9% to our gross domestic product.”
The biggest winners of the night were Limpopo-based Traditional African Homestays South Africa, which took home the gong of the I Do Tourism Award, which was given for the first time to an entity or person who is deemed to have made an overall contribution to tourism.

Solly Msimanga concerned about delays in processing visas and permits

Solly Msimanga concerned about delays in processing visas and permits
16 November 2018 – Sandton Chronicle

RIVONIA – Following an oversight visit to Rivonia, Msimanga is concerned that there is a delay in issuing permits and visas.

Solly Msimanga says the delay in issuing visas and permits is concerning.
Solly Msimanga, current Tshwane mayor and candidate for Gauteng Premiere, said that delays in issuing visas and permits are worrying, following an oversight visit to Rivonia.
The oversight visit was conducted at the offices of VFS Global which are out-sourced by the Department of Home Affairs to assist with processing visas and permits. This was done to help ease some of the burdens on the Department of Home Affairs.
Jacques Julius, the Democratic Alliance’s Team One spokesperson on immigration said that the waiting time of visas to be issued is still a concern of theirs. Although the task was outsourced to VFS to reduce delays, it appears this is still a problem. “We welcome all documented immigrants to South Africa, we want to create a situation where it’s very smooth and easy for people to enter this country because we know the benefits of a proper immigration system.”
Msimanga highlighted that although this system is meant to reduce delays, it is a paid-for service, which means it is not necessarily accessible to every person hoping to obtain a permit. Msimanga said that one of their key concerns is that many people may not be able to afford the service and are unwilling to stand in queues at Home Affairs offices for days on end, therefore not obtaining any documentation at all.
“The system that they have here is of great quality that in my mind is something that Home Affairs should have done in the first place and how to process documents for people and make it more efficient and user-friendly so that people can have a good experience when they are at Home Affairs.”
Msimanga added that the management of VFS Global explained that their duty is only to receive the applications and ensure that all the required documents are attached to the application and the final decision still lies with the Department of Home Affairs.

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