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4616 Permanent Residence applicants need to apply again – Home Affairs


In a notice issued by the Department of Home Affairs on their website, if you applied for a Permanent Residence Permit before 02 June 2014; you have between 15 May 2017 and 31 July 2017 to re-submit the application – please share this information.

Here is the notice as per the department’s website:

The Department of Home Affairs received permanent residence applications prior to 02 June 2014 utilising the Track and Trace system . The Department has noted that it does not have 4616 applications on hand as per Track and Trace system.

In this regard, Mr Mkuseli Apleni, the Director-General of the Department of Home Affairs, under the powers vested in him under Sections 26 and 27 of the Immigration Act, 2002 (Act no. 13 of 2002) as amended, hereby gives notice that persons whose particulars appear in a list published in the National Government Gazette No 40691 on 17 March 2017 from page 35 to 95 at www.pgwonline.co.za who applied for permanent residence prior to 02 June 2014, at their earliest convenience and without delay, re-submit their permanent residence applications electronically through the Department of Home Affairs Contact Centre (HACC). The persons whose particulars appear on the published list will be afforded a period of two (2) months from the date of publication of the notice to re-submit the applications at no further cost. The Department of Home Affairs will not accept any applications submitted after the stipulated period.

Only applications that appears in the attached list may be re-submitted by e-mail to: hacc@dha.gov.za 

The Bi-947 application form can be downloaded here <<< and must be completed and sent via email only!

View the general guidelines and requirements for specific categories in terms of Sections 26 and 27 of the Immigration Act here <<< 

All applicants who are eighteen (18) years of age and older must also submit a South African Police Clearance Certificate not older than six (6) months or approach the Afiswitch office to submit an application for a South African Police Clearance Certificate. Afiswitch can be contacted on 012 679 2900 or visit www.afiswitch.com for more information.

Failure to re-submit your permanent residence application will render the application closed.

For your ease of reference you may check the progress of your application by calling the HACC on 0800601190.

The Department of Home Affairs endeavors to adjudicate and finalise all received permanent residence applications by the end of December 2017.

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Home Affairs – Children born to illegal immigrant parents disadvantaged

“The assumption that if a child is born in this country, they automatically get citizenship, irrespective of whether their parents are foreign or not, is false,” – this is according to Cape Town attorney Joy van der Heyde, who has filed nine notices against the Department of Home Affairs in the Western Cape High Court in Cape Town as reported by Cape Argus on the 9th of April 2017. The notices are said to be related to the department’s alleged refusal to issue unabridged birth certificates to foreign parents.


“A notice of birth is issued by the hospital, this is not an identity document on which the child can be registered at school or obtain social grants. This notice, therefore, does not assist the child in being able to enforce his or her rights,” Van der Heyde pointed out.

The report by Cape Argus also notes that the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) plans to review why children born in South Africa to foreign parents are not automatically awarded citizenship by the Department of Home Affairs.

The deputy chairperson of the SAHRC, Advocate Priscilla Jana, said she had been unaware that unabridged birth certificates were not issued to children born to foreign parents.

The DHA says that despite the SAHRC claims, South African “legislation on this fundamental matter of citizenship is clear”. Continue reading Home Affairs – Children born to illegal immigrant parents disadvantaged

Home Affairs to present new migration policy to Cabinet

A National Conference on International Migration was held in Sandton on 17 March 2017. Speaking at the conference were delegations from various organisations which included the Minister of Home Affairs, Malusi Gigaba MP, who gave a keynote address.


In his address, the minister highlighted plans to establish processing centres for refugees as part of sweeping legislative changes to South Africa’s immigration policies, changes that according to Business Live will also redefine processes leading to citizenship.

“SA must begin strategically managing migration rather than focusing on compliance…” said the minister.

The draft paper that was being discussed at the conference is expected to be handed over to Cabinet by the end of March and includes amendments to at least five Acts‚ including the Immigration Act and Marriage Act, reports Business Live.

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Attacks on Foreign Nationals in Rosettenville | Home Affairs Response


Johannesburg – Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba says his department wants to ensure peace and stability in areas that have been “earmarked” as problematic, following violent attacks on foreign nationals at the weekend.

Gigaba is heading up a government delegation, along with Gauteng Community Safety MEC Sizakele Nkosi-Malobane, in the south of Johannesburg, following attacks on Nigerian nationals in Rosettenville over the weekend.
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Zambian government on expatriate work permits and new Dual Citizenship Board

Zambian High Commissioner to South Africa, His Excellency Mr. Emmanuel Mwamba (left) and Home Affairs Minister, Mr. Stephen Kampyongo (right) addressing staff at the High Commission in Pretoria on Thursday 2nd February 2017.

In a statement released yesterday by the Zambian High Commission to South Africa, the Zambian government has suspended the extension of conditional work permits for expatriates until the system was reorganised to eliminate abuse.

Home Affairs Minister, Mr. Stephen Kampyongo has said that he has given directives that all extensions for the conditional two-year period work permits given to expatriates, who were brought in by investors to train Zambians, be halted.

Continue reading Zambian government on expatriate work permits and new Dual Citizenship Board

Home Affairs reacts to Mashaba’s Illegal Immigrant comments

Herman Mashaba, Picture: SOWETAN

Johannesburg Mayor Herman Mashaba last week said illegal foreign nationals living in Johannesburg must be treated as criminals since they came to South Africa illegally.

“The Home Affairs Department says there can be no justification for statements made by Johannesburg Mayor Herman Mashaba on illegal foreign nationals living in the city.” reports EWN.

The report goes on to explain that, “while the department has noted challenges facing the city, this cannot be a reason for the generalisations made by Mashaba.”

Continue reading Home Affairs reacts to Mashaba’s Illegal Immigrant comments

Home Affairs calls for nominations – Migrant Awards

The second annual Mkhaya Migrants Awards are here!


The annual Mkhaya Migrants Awards celebrate the benefit of migration by honouring individuals and companies who contribute to South Africa and Africa’s development.

The 2016 Mkhaya Migrants Awards are earmarked for 11 December 2016 leading up to the 18th of December 2016, which marks the annual International Migrants’ Day (18 December 2016). The CALL FOR NOMINATIONS opened on 31 October 2016 & submission of nominations close on 25 November 2016.

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Home Affairs modernised: Biometrics for the free movement of Africans


As you may by now know, the Department of Home Affairs in South Africa has embarked on an ambitious campaign to modernise in an effort to make interaction with the department easier. In addition to the switch from the Green bar-coded ID books to a new Smartcard ID format, you are now able to get some documents through the 4 major banks and can also perform some transactions using a newly launched eHomeAffairs online platform. The benefits are definitely there to see with reduced queues at the departments’ offices and your ability to get things done quicker from the comfort of your own home. The Minister of Home Affairs Malusi Gigaba was speaking at a Cape Town Press Club breakfast briefing this past week.

But this convergence or sharing of Biometrics is also being strategised beyond SA’s borders as the minister highlighted the sharing of biometric information with neighbours. This would allow it to better facilitate movement between borders, identify low-risk individuals and those who should not be allowed into the country, citing recent progress made with the Lesotho Special Permit as well as the 10-year bilateral agreement reached in Kenya, with all African business and academic travellers being allowed a multiple entry visa, valid for 10-years.

“We have undertaken to dedicate specific focus to the management of our immigration services, precisely because we believe part of our responsibility is rooted in the National Development Plan, in particular our role in enabling economic development and contributing to national security.”

Gigaba said a Final Draft of the Green Paper on Migration has been finalized, with key policy recommendations seeking to improve economic capabilities strategically by way of retaining international students in the country post-graduation to overcome the non-recognition of qualifications, which is one of the critical challenges associated with leveraging skilled foreign nationals.

“Consultations with relevant key stakeholders in this aspect are ongoing.” says Gigaba

Parts of this post are excerpts from an article by Selene Brophy on Traveller24 News – Click here for full article

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Foreign graduates of SA’s universities can soon apply for permanent residence

Malusi Gigaba. Picture: MARTIN RHODES

FOREIGN students will soon be allowed to apply for permanent residence once they have graduated from a South African university, Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba said on Friday.

Introducing his budget vote debate in an extended public committee of the National Assembly, Mr Gigaba said international students constituted a key segment that is prioritised by governments globally, because of the economic and social benefits they offer host countries in terms of adding to the skills base, and contributing positively to society more broadly.

“The first of these initiatives, to be formally launched in the coming weeks, is a special exemption to allow graduate international students in critical skills areas to qualify for permanent residence permits upon graduation.

“This measure is to ensure that SA benefits from all of the skills produced by its universities, and to make it easier for international students who want to work or start business in SA after graduation to do so,” Mr Gigaba said.

He explained that in terms of the new white paper being developed, issues of the integration of immigrants in South African society will receive prominent attention.

Mr Gigaba also said that steady progress was being made in modernising and digitising the Department of Home Affairs in order to transfer service delivery concerns from the client to the department.

“The live capture system, which supports the Smart ID Card and the passport, offers South Africans a glimpse into the future of Home Affairs.

“In this regard, we have issued 4.1-million smart ID cards to date and have met our target of 2.2-million smart ID cards issued last year. We aim to issue another 2.2-million cards this year,” Mr Gigaba said.


Big thank you to Victoria Chomba Mkasanga for sharing the story.

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