Home Affairs - the good, the bad and the ugly
Minister of Home Affairs Dr. Aaron Motsoaledi told the presidential working committee on 7 October that turn-around times for critical skills visas have been reduced to less than 4 weeks in general. We are happy to confirm that this is an accurate timeframe when it comes to local applications and those made in some of the key missions abroad. A similar processing time (sometimes as short as 2 weeks) applies to business visa applications.
Conversely, efficiency in processing applications in some other categories seems to suffer as a result, and these can easily take 12 weeks and longer locally.
In a similar pattern, permanent residence applications in the critical skills and business categories can be finalized within 6-12 months, whilst other categories take about 3 years.
The error rate continues to be sky-high, necessitating costly and time-consuming appeals and re-applications. We have not been able to see any positive changes here since measures to address this were promised by Home Affairs.