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Old 10th July 2019, 09:42 AM
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I would like to know of anyone has a recent waiting time upon submitting their study visa application at VFS in Bulawayo or Harare in Zimbabwe , been waiting 4 weeks today.

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I would like to know of anyone has a recent waiting time upon submitting their study visa application at VFS in Bulawayo or Harare in Zimbabwe , been waiting 4 weeks today.
8 weeks minimum. But for most cases I have seen it's usually 16 weeks

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16 weeks thats 4 months? One would have lost the entire semester then?

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16 weeks thats 4 months? One would have lost the entire semester then?
People are waiting 6 months for work visas. It's a mess over there.

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People are waiting 6 months for work visas. It's a mess over there.
Got it in 6 weeks 2 days.

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Got it in 6 weeks 2 days.
I've been waiting for about 3 months and have decided to cancel my application for a CSV. SA embassy has been withholding my passport for 3 months. I have a chance to migrate outside of Africa as a whole hence why I need to recall my passport and cancel the application. SA has proven that it hates foreigners especially Zimbabweans so I would rather go to a country that actually values and welcomes my skillsets

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I've been waiting for about 3 months and have decided to cancel my application for a CSV. SA embassy has been withholding my passport for 3 months. I have a chance to migrate outside of Africa as a whole hence why I need to recall my passport and cancel the application. SA has proven that it hates foreigners especially Zimbabweans so I would rather go to a country that actually values and welcomes my skillsets
You should just withdraw your passport and submit an affidavit, rather than cancel. I know it's frustrating but I wouldn't blame SA for the visa applications taking time from Zimbabwe, the 3 month+ waiting time isn't the general norm for all embassies. Applications from Namibia, Lesotho, Swaziland, etc are all done in a few weeks. Zimbabwe accounts for an unusually high number of total applications, which means it takes a lot of time to process the applications since this is just an embassy not a dedicated home affairs office. The other problem is that Zimbabwe's civic/gvt systems are quite archaic and mostly manual so it takes a lot longer for the embassy to get your details verified by Zimbabwean government than it would take in other countries. Just hang in there!

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You should just withdraw your passport and submit an affidavit, rather than cancel. I know it's frustrating but I wouldn't blame SA for the visa applications taking time from Zimbabwe, the 3 month+ waiting time isn't the general norm for all embassies. Applications from Namibia, Lesotho, Swaziland, etc are all done in a few weeks. Zimbabwe accounts for an unusually high number of total applications, which means it takes a lot of time to process the applications since this is just an embassy not a dedicated home affairs office. The other problem is that Zimbabwe's civic/gvt systems are quite archaic and mostly manual so it takes a lot longer for the embassy to get your details verified by Zimbabwean government than it would take in other countries. Just hang in there!
I have applied for study permits for my undergrad, honours and masters at the embassy. If I remember correctly Critical skills used to take 4 weeks and study permits used to take 2 weeks or less and the requirements were not as strict as when VFS was introduced. The embassy has been aware for over 5 years that Zimbabwe has a lot of applicants but in true African tradition solving the problem seems elusive to them.

To make matters worse due to the recent power cuts I have heard that the embassy staff just sits on those papers and waits for power to come back. If they are not capable of handling the high number of applications they should ship them with DHL/Fedex in batches to home affairs Pretoria for processing. Uk does this and their visas come out in less than 3 weeks. After having paid USD75 at VFS and a further USD133 the maximum processing time should be 8 weeks.

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I have applied for study permits for my undergrad, honours and masters at the embassy. If I remember correctly Critical skills used to take 4 weeks and study permits used to take 2 weeks or less and the requirements were not as strict as when VFS was introduced. The embassy has been aware for over 5 years that Zimbabwe has a lot of applicants but in true African tradition solving the problem seems elusive to them.

To make matters worse due to the recent power cuts I have heard that the embassy staff just sits on those papers and waits for power to come back. If they are not capable of handling the high number of applications they should ship them with DHL/Fedex in batches to home affairs Pretoria for processing. Uk does this and their visas come out in less than 3 weeks. After having paid USD75 at VFS and a further USD133 the maximum processing time should be 8 weeks.
I understand your frustration, believe when I first applied for my SA visa it took about a week. Although, this was years ago and things have since changed. The situation in Zimbabwe has pushed more and more people into trying to leave the country so I'm sure you can image how difficult it has been for SA to manage that. I definitely agree that things would go smoother if SA were like the UK, but they're also currently battling their own issues in the DHA with understaffed offices, being able to issue birth certificates, IDs, passports, etc on time and other issues so getting visa applications from Zimbabwe quicker may not be at the top of the list right now but alas, it's still a worthy migration destination hence we are all here on this forum with the same agenda.

The issue with visa application from Zimbabwe is a Zimbabwean one, and it would be unfair to blame SA for not making assisting us a priority. I'm sure if it weren't for the power cuts, issues with Zim gvt corruption and non-functioning systems, we would also get the privilege of having fast application lead times like other countries. But then again if that were the case we probably wouldn't be so eager to leave. All the best with your application.

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"The issue with visa application from Zimbabwe is a Zimbabwean one"

I disagree, kindly read the link below

https://mg.co.za/article/2019-05-31-...by-legal-chaos

Having 1 year experience as a requirement for CSV is not a regulation that appears in the immigration act that is printed on a white board when you enter VFS Harare yet they want it. They randomly change the required bank statement amount, be it in rands, USD or the Zim dollar. It's not a Zimbabwean issue, it's a South African immigration and home affairs issue. If you go on the facebook forum you will find medical aid as a requirement for a CSV when applying from Namibia. That level of inconsistency is mind boggling. Zimbabwe has the highest number of applicants and so it should be a priority since they pay the same high fees than any other applicant pays from other countries.

Applicants are fewer since USD is hard to find. When I applied there was no one at the VFS offices. The high bank balances and other strenuous things that one needs to apply for an SA visa means that only the privileged do apply. The number of CSV (including general work is less than 10 000) issued is given on the attached image below. Mind you that figure is for the whole world.
Screenshot 2019-08-05 at 19.17.02.png

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