Das Department of Home Affairs hat eine neue Verfahrensart in der regionalen Vertretung in Pretoria implementiert, das zu einer Verkürzung der Bearbeitungszeit von befristeten Aufenthaltsgenehmigungen führen kann. Eine landesweite Implementierung erscheint mittelfristig möglich.

New procedures have been implemented by the head office of the Department of Home Affairs, which are currently affecting applications submitted at the Pretoria regional office and may be rolled out nationally within the coming months. The Department has formed a so-called “hub”, being a team of senior officials at head office level who have been put in charge of adjudicating temporary residence applications.

The system, which has been in effect as of February 2010 and aims to combat fraud and corruption as well as reduce the backlog of pending applications, is intended to centralize the adjudication of temporary residence applications and thereby to reach more consistency in decision-making. This means that if your application, or that of your employees, is submitted to the Pretoria regional office it will be processed and finalised by head office officials as opposed to those situated at the regional office.

According to senior members of the “hub”, the idea is that applications will be sent by courier to the head office for processing and adjudication and returned to the regional office for issuing and endorsement of passports. This new system is intended to substantially shorten processing times and the aim is for an average application to be processed within 5 to 10 working days as opposed to the 30 working days and more previously taken.

However, in many cases no alleviation has been felt and processing times remain extraordinarily long. This is partly due to the fact that the “hub” has detected applications that have been pending for up to several years, which need to be attended to. Another problem experienced is that the system used for issuing the actual permit (stickers) creates a gap of up to two weeks between notification that an application has been approved and actual receipt of the permit.

As a result of the above, please be aware that delays may occur in both the processing of applications and the endorsement of passports once notice of approval has been received.

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