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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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Residency Rules For Foreign Children

If you are living in South Africa, you most likely know about the recent changes to immigration regulations but just to make sure you are well informed on how the changes affect your children, Intergate put together an article that breaks down a few key points to note with regard to residency rules for foreign children. Although the rules changes are not so new anymore, it is always valuable to refresh our knowledge…

Infant Sucking Finger

An article on new permanent residency rules for foreign children

Please feel free to read the Intergate article from last year here.

Who should read this?

This is essential reading for all South African permanent residency holders who have had children in South Africa, or who have children and are planning on returning to South Africa.

What’s the change?

Continue reading Residency Rules For Foreign Children

Notice on RSA Police Clearance Certificate



The Immigration Regulations of the Immigration Act, No. 13 of 2002 define a Police Clearance Certificate as follows:

“A certificate issued by the police or security authority in each country where the relevant applicant resided for 12 months or longer after attaining the age of 18 years, in respect of criminal records or the character of that applicant, which certificate shall not be older than six months at the time of its submission: Provided that the certificate shall not be required from a foreign country in the case of renewal or extension of a visa but from the Republic”.

With effect from the 01st of October 2016, The Department of Home Affairs will automate the process of obtaining a South African Police Clearance Certificate. Instead of the applicant going to a police station to apply for a police clearance, VFS will use the applicant’s biometrics (fingerprints) which they are already collecting in the current process and use them to run background checks against the South African Police Services database. On receipt of the electronic police clearance, VFS will merge the records with the main application and transmit the contents electronically to DHA as a full and complete application. The SAPS database background check will take an average of 24 – 36 hours, a great improvement from the 3 to 4 months that it takes currently to get a police clearance from SAPS, as reported by applicants.

The total fee per adult applicant in addition for this service will be R175.00 (Incl. VAT) per criminal background check. The Department is already running this process successfully for both the Zimbabwean Special Permit and the Lesotho Special Permit applications.

Please be advised that the current manual submission of RSA police clearances will be accepted until the 31st of October 2016. This automation of the police clearance is only applicable to RSA police clearance certificates. Any other Police Clearance Certificates issued by the police or security authority in each country where the relevant applicant resided for 12 months or longer after attaining the age of 18 years will still be accepted manually.

For more information regarding the above process please contact the VFS contact centre at +27(0)12 425 3000 or by email at info.dhasa@vfshelpline.com You may also contact the Home Affairs Contact Centre at 0800 60 11 90 or via email at  hacc@dha.gov.za

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Source: Dept. of Home Affairs

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.


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