The Department of Home Affairs has been made aware that some long-term visa applications, submitted abroad between 12 January 2022 and 31 August 2022 have not been forwarded to Head Office timeously for review. This means, these South African missions, where visa applications have been submitted are still in possession of same.
It certainly sounds very frustrating to realize that applications have been laying with these missions without any action for several months.
The good news, however, is that there is no need for these South African missions to forward the visa applications anymore. As per Directive 15 of 2022, the missions are now authorized to adjudicate these applications themselves. A previous directive indicated that only applications, submitted from 01 September 2022, must now be adjudicated by the SA missions.
Once the applications have been finalized, the South African missions are authorized to communicate directly to the applicants.
Lastly, these South African missions must ensure that all visa applications are compliant according to the immigration law and must keep a record of all applications submitted and adjudicated.