Backlog still ongoing with South African visa applications
To anyone who thought the backlog, which the Department of Home Affairs is currently experiencing, will clear soon - sadly we have some bad news.
Although applications are being finalized, most applicants who submitted their application within South Africa early to mid 2022, are still awaiting outcomes of their visa applications. The Department endeavors to clear the backlog by mid-June 2024.
We can only hope that the backlog will be cleared soon, but even more so, that applications are correctly adjudicated.
Based on the above, we still strongly recommend that applicants submit their long-term visa applications in their home countries or where they hold long-term and valid residence. By doing so, they will experience a faster processing time by the South African mission and will most likely have better and easier access to the Consular sections as well.
We look forward to having a chat with you!