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  • The government of South Africa announced that the responsibility for processing long-term visa documents would be assigned to individual consular posts


The government of South Africa announced it would no longer centralize the review process of long-term visas. Instead, long-term visa applications will be reviewed and processed by individual consular posts in South Africa.

What are the Changes?

The government of South Africa announced that the country’s consular posts would be responsible for reviewing and processing long-term visa applications. In January 2022, the government of South Africa assigned this responsibility to the Department of Home Affairs. However, due to delayed processing times of long-term visas, the government shifted the process back to consular offices.

Looking Ahead

The government of South Africa has yet to announce when the transition will begin or the new estimated time for long-term visa processing. Continue to check the government of South Africa’s website for the latest updates and information.

Written by: Jessie Butchley, Global Immigration Writer, Envoy Global
Source: Department of Home Affairs of South Africa

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