Originally Posted by ceejay007
Thanks a4xiaoxiami, that's my understanding of it as well. However the embassy isn't budging on this, which I find strange. Unfortunately vfs isn't in Spain. they do have an office in London though, although i'm not resident there.
Don't worry too much about what the officials at embassy said. It is the Department of Home Affair who's in charge of the immigration related issues. The consulate/lower lever officials in the embassy might not so clear about immgration acts/amendaments.
I do not have that much confidence in the SA government officials' quality in general anyway.
You can call VFS and consult with them. Or maybe DHA inquiry phone lines in SA directly. I guess they have a better ideas of what they are talking about.