Our SA immigration clients must please take note of the following announcement by the Department of Home Affairs (DHA).
The DHA has announced the following operational plan during the Covid-19 pandemic:
- On Wednesday, 25 March 2020, the last submissions will be accepted. No applications for Critical Skills, General Work, and Business Related Visa applications will be accepted on this date for Temporary Residence Permits.
- Thursday, 26 March 2020, will be the last day for collections. The opening times will be 10h00 to 15h00.
- Any walk-ins that have their expiry from 25 March 2020 or during the lockdown will be turned away. The DHA will prioritise scheduled appointments and appeal related applications only.
- The DHA has authourised all those holding visas expiring during the lockdown period commencing Wednesday, 25 March 2020, will not require a good cause letter when the DHA returns to full operations.
The re-opening of the VFS will be dependent on the DHA’s decision. They will communicate the decision on re-opening and the strategy for submissions.
In the meantime, if you have any SA Immigration-related queries, please contact our SA Immigration team.