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hi all,

I applied for my permanent residence based on a spousal relationship and this was submitted to DHA in Durban in July 2013.

Was originally told that this process can take 24-36 months but also seen some of the updates stating that there is a lot of work being done on backlogs, are any of you experiencing this?

My current permit tracking says Code 103: Processing at Head Office, again any idea what that means in terms of timescales?

Any advice appreciated!

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Anything from 9 months to 24 months is normal nowadays. And you can "take Home Affairs to court" with a court order, to put it in layman's terms, which speeds things up to 3 months.
 

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My British partner applied for a Permanent Residence Visa in London in March 2013 and we got the shock of our lives to get an email from SA High Commission day before yesterday saying it had come through. We were told by the SAHC themselves to expect the minimum of a 2 year wait and therefore factored in another year to save money to take with us. I heard from my immigration company that they have employed a lot more people to deal with the backlog. We are waiting for the certificate to arrive in the post now.
 

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Here is what have seen and been told by my sources. Use this information with care and as usual any risk associated or damage thereof result after use of this information will be purely of your own.

100 - Received at the office of application
101 - Dispatched to head office
102 - Received at Head Office and processing has begun. Mostly likely that its now assigned to a Case officer and normally takes upt to 3 months in here and moves to stage 103
103 - Your application has been processed and now depending with the outcome the printing and signing of stickers starts.normally 1 to 2 months here. DG has to sign your sticker or certificate.
104 - Your application has been dispatched to the office of application. They capture this info and wait for the shipping so you may wait a lot here. Depending with which office you applied you may wait here as well. I know someone who waited for 3 months
105 - Received at office of application and ready for collection
106 - collected by the applicant
 

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Hi Ad,

I applied for my PR in September 2012 and i finally received it yesterday!
In speaking to the immigration practitioner i used for the application he said that they are getting a lot of applications coming through quickly now, so it seems the task team they set up to clear the backlog is working. He said they even had one client that applied in November last year and received his permit last week.

Good luck, i hope yours comes through soon. Mine took about a month from being finalised to being sent from PTA to JHB wher i applied, so be prepared for a bit of a wait for that.
 

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Thanks for all the advice. Skilled I appreciate the info but obviously wont take it as 100% guaranteed, just wanted some sort of idea as am considering moving back to UK for a while whilst the app goes through. So helps in making the next decision
 

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Last year I wrote to an agency who said they could get my family all their visas ( including my PR) and we could be in SA in 6 weeks! Perhaps agency applications gets priority over sending applications by yourself???
 

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No "agency" (careful of those!) or immigration lawyer firm can ever promise you a permit or visa application response time, purely because they are not issuing them! However, yes, whatever the time it would take you on your own, immigration services companies will be faster.
 

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ok so the latest for anyone interested is that I should know in the next 2-3 days!!!! Fingers crossed that I get a sucessfull outcome!
 

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Here is what have seen and been told by my sources. Use this information with care and as usual any risk associated or damage thereof result after use of this information will be purely of your own.

100 - Received at the office of application
101 - Dispatched to head office
102 - Received at Head Office and processing has begun. Mostly likely that its now assigned to a Case officer and normally takes upt to 3 months in here and moves to stage 103
103 - Your application has been processed and now depending with the outcome the printing and signing of stickers starts.normally 1 to 2 months here. DG has to sign your sticker or certificate.
104 - Your application has been dispatched to the office of application. They capture this info and wait for the shipping so you may wait a lot here. Depending with which office you applied you may wait here as well. I know someone who waited for 3 months
105 - Received at office of application and ready for collection
106 - collected by the applicant
@Skilled,

I've been waiting for my PR about 8 month already. I called HA on Tus, they checked and confirmed that it was with Pretoria head office for processing, and i should follow up in 3 weeks time. Then on the same day in the afternoon, i received a sms from HA saying my application has been finalised and to collect in 5 working day. is this possible, or system error? And, i decided to go on their website to track my application, it showed code 104. So now im a bit confused.

please can you advise?
 

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It means they have finalised your application and its on the dispatch counter at Head office or on its ways to your office of application.

To know the outcome you can call your office of application or you can walk in anyday. But for the certificate or whatever it is you need to wait from 5days to 14 days.. and sometimes a month.

But once it shows status 105.. it means that your office of application has receieved it and captured it in their system.

Good luck, I received an SMS too few days ago but still don't know the outcome.
 

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It means they have finalised your application and its on the dispatch counter at Head office or on its ways to your office of application.

To know the outcome you can call your office of application or you can walk in anyday. But for the certificate or whatever it is you need to wait from 5days to 14 days.. and sometimes a month.

But once it shows status 105.. it means that your office of application has receieved it and captured it in their system.

Good luck, I received an SMS too few days ago but still don't know the outcome.
After receiving the SMS...i waiting 8 working days before going to collect the outcome. The anxiety wasn't fun :)
 
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