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Hi expatriates,

1. anybody applied for South African critical skills visa lately? What's the average time before getting the decision?

I know it's written 8 weeks, but are there any chance of less than 8 weeks or it will rather 8 weeks or longer always?

2. Also, if anyone knows, do applications from high commissions, embassies, etc. taken to SA for decision or are they dealt locally by the embassy?

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Hi,

Not with CSV..

But now i'm having a bad experience with my Intra Company Transfer extension visa application.

I've applied on 9th November 2015 at South Africa.
VFS has stated it will take only 8 to 10weeks.
But now i'm running on 13th week... still no response from Home affairs or DHA..

I dont know what to do... some one please advise

thanks
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Hi expatriates,

1. anybody applied for South African critical skills visa lately? What's the average time before getting the decision?

I know it's written 8 weeks, but are there any chance of less than 8 weeks or it will rather 8 weeks or longer always?

2. Also, if anyone knows, do applications from high commissions, embassies, etc. taken to SA for decision or are they dealt locally by the embassy?

cheers!
I originally applied for my critical skills work permit in August 2014 and got rejected cos DHA said I did not attached a letter from my professional body which is ECSA. But I do attached evidence of registration. However , I was denied based on that letter. I went to ECSA in Bruma to tell them that I got denied and they issued me with the letter that DHA wanted. I appealed the decision on Jan 5th, 2015 and up till last week, I did not receive any update from VFS throughout last year. After reading on here, I found useful email address of the acting chief of staff of DHA and wrote her directly last week. She then forwarded my query to some 2 other officials who worked and open my file. This week, suddenly my status changed from VFS online tracking and says it has been forwarded again to DHA. I was surprised thinking maybe VFS never forwarded it initially but I guess that's how the system works. I got another update on Tuesday 9th of Feb 2016 that my application for ************* has been received at the VFS operations Hub on 11-Feb-2016 kindly note that adjudicated outcome would be fianlized in 1 working day bla bla bla. I then again got another update that adjudicated application for *************has been dispatched from VFS operations Hub to the visa facilitation centre on 11-Feb-2016 and would be ready for collection in 1 working day, please wait for the next update to confirm when it is ready for collection.
After waiting for 1 yr 6months, my critical skills appeal permit is finally being processed. Am very positive it was the email I sent to the minister of home affairs that helped resolved my situation. I want to belief it's a positive outcome and I will come here to tell u guys the outcome of the appeal.
I have lost so many jobs within those period and I hope that I will be able to secure job with either government or private sector when I receive my permit. It's being a long journey but I never gave up.
Funny enough, am married legally to a South African woman and we have a child together. I choose not to do the spousal thing cos I don't wanna take advantage of the system.
Thank you all and God bless.

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Just a quick one, I got another status update that my visa is ready for collection. This is after 1 year.

So hang on there!!!

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wow what a long journey kickagain!

Congratulations on getting your visa. Don't forget to shout when you've collected it so we can drink to that.

If I may ask.

Did you apply before Directive 22 of 2014 was released?

Also do you mind telling the list of documents you submitted, especially those that prove the skills?

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wow what a long journey kickagain!

Congratulations on getting your visa. Don't forget to shout when you've collected it so we can drink to that.

If I may ask.

Did you apply before Directive 22 of 2014 was released?

Also do you mind telling the list of documents you submitted, especially those that prove the skills?
I applied after the directive in August.
I submitted all the required docs.
1.Police clearance certificate
2.Medical & Radiology. I did this at a major hospital in Boksburg.
3.Saqa evaluation
4.Proof that qualification is in critical skills list
5.Proof of registration with professional body. In my case, Engineering council of South Africa ECSA
6. Letter of confirmation from ECSA stating my qualification is critical-I was denied initially cos of this letter.
7.Marriage certificate-Am married to a South African
8.My qualifications and curriculum vitae

I submitted everything they required!!

I will update this forum when I go to VFS on Monday about the outcome of the appeal.

Stay blessed !!

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Ok guys. Goodnews!!

I got my appeal decision today from VFS and I was given 5 years permit. There are no conditions attached to it that I have to work for a particular company. So I can work for any company I choose to.
Am so very happy guys. After waiting and trusting God for 18 months.
God help us all!!! And for those that are still waiting for appeal outcome, hang in there. The Lord is ur strength and trust in HIM.

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Ok guys. Goodnews!!

I got my appeal decision today from VFS and I was given 5 years permit. There are no conditions attached to it that I have to work for a particular company. So I can work for any company I choose to.
Am so very happy guys. After waiting and trusting God for 18 months.
God help us all!!! And for those that are still waiting for appeal outcome, hang in there. The Lord is ur strength and trust in HIM.
Congratulations are in order. We should drink to that!

So they were able to give you 5 years without a job offer?
You should be labeled a veteran.

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Oh yeah. I have been consulting and doing some jobs for some years here. They were able to verify those jobs and am glad. Am a Metallurgical & Materials Engineer and am very happy my options are endless in this country.
Next step is to apply for a permanent residence.
Goodluck guys.

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Besides, I have a company registered under my wife's name. I married a South African and the company is an Engineering firm of which am a member of the Board of directors.
I guess that took a huge turn when the minister of home affairs took a swing on my appeal case.

Hope that gives someone hope on their appeal process.
I want to conclude that home affairs take a lot of things into consideration before granting a very important visa/permit.

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