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Hello. I submitted an application for a Critical Skills Visa on 26 February at the VFS Office in Harare. Ever since 3 or so days after I submitted, my application status has said:

"English:Your visa application ref no. HARA/XXXXXX/XXXX/01 is under process at South Africa, HARARE "

First of all, what does that mean? and I am worried this message hasn't changed during the past 8 weeks (i expected something like "now at the DHA"). Is this normal? Is there a need to panic?

Also, what sort of turn-around time can I expect? I have a contract that starts in May and I am worried my visa won't be out by then.
 

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Hello. I submitted an application for a Critical Skills Visa on 26 February at the VFS Office in Harare. Ever since 3 or so days after I submitted, my application status has said:

"English:Your visa application ref no. HARA/XXXXXX/XXXX/01 is under process at South Africa, HARARE "

First of all, what does that mean? and I am worried this message hasn't changed during the past 8 weeks (i expected something like "now at the DHA"). Is this normal? Is there a need to panic?

Also, what sort of turn-around time can I expect? I have a contract that starts in May and I am worried my visa won't be out by then.
Hi, I know of an immigration specialist that can assist you. what is your email address?
 

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Hello. I submitted an application for a Critical Skills Visa on 26 February at the VFS Office in Harare. Ever since 3 or so days after I submitted, my application status has said:

"English:Your visa application ref no. HARA/XXXXXX/XXXX/01 is under process at South Africa, HARARE "

First of all, what does that mean? and I am worried this message hasn't changed during the past 8 weeks (i expected something like "now at the DHA"). Is this normal? Is there a need to panic?

Also, what sort of turn-around time can I expect? I have a contract that starts in May and I am worried my visa won't be out by then.
Processing time at Harare Embassy is 5 to 6 months.Message will remain the same for the whole 5-6months.Beware of bogus unscrupulous Immigration agents.
 

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Processing time at Harare Embassy is 5 to 6 months.Message will remain the same for the whole 5-6months.Beware of bogus unscrupulous Immigration agents.
Did the permit eventually come out? Any update with this long waiting period? What is really going at the SA embassy?
 

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People who applied December 2018 are still waiting. Vfs Harare are actual incompetent criminals. They take your money and make you wait. I mean since February 😭 they're so useless
 

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People who applied December 2018 are still waiting. Vfs Harare are actual incompetent criminals. They take your money and make you wait. I mean since February 😭 they're so useless
VFS keeps application for only a day at most. If you've been waiting for months your application is already with DHA/SA embassy.
 

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VFS keeps application for only a day at most. If you've been waiting for months your application is already with DHA/SA embassy.
Yah true... VFS did their end of the bargain, it is the DHA/SA embassy that is delaying whether intentionally or not we can only imagine... I would like to assume that these permits are being processed in SA not at the embassy so the logistics are kind of the big issue here... you know government issues no one is in a hurry and no one cares. We can only pray
 

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Hello. I submitted an application for a Critical Skills Visa on 26 February at the VFS Office in Harare. Ever since 3 or so days after I submitted, my application status has said:

"English:Your visa application ref no. HARA/XXXXXX/XXXX/01 is under process at South Africa, HARARE "

First of all, what does that mean? and I am worried this message hasn't changed during the past 8 weeks (i expected something like "now at the DHA"). Is this normal? Is there a need to panic?

Also, what sort of turn-around time can I expect? I have a contract that starts in May and I am worried my visa won't be out by then.
Hello King James,

Did you the got the Visa or still waiting ?
 

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I also have been waiting since Feb of 2020, I think DHA/SA Embassy are now taking advantage of COVID for their incompetency!!! This is not good. We deserve better. If there is an immigration agent/attorney who is familiar with handling these issues please email me at [email protected]. Thanks.
 
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