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Ministerial Committee Set Up to Review Permits and Visas

March 8, 2021

Department of Home Affairs

A Ministerial Committee has been set up to review all Permits and Visas issued since 2004.

In a statement, the home affairs department announced that the review will focus on Permanent Residence Permits, Corporate Visas, Business Visa, (Professional) Critical skills Visa, Retired Persons Visa, Citizenship by Naturalization and Study Visa.

According to the homes affairs minister, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi, 2004 was chosen as the cut-off date as that is the year in which the Immigration Act of 2002 came into operation.

The plan is to draw up an interim report in three months.

“The three-months period is not an indication of the lifespan of this Committee but this target communicates our desire for a speedy conclusion of the review because most of the information to be reviewed is already held within the Home Affairs Department”, said the minister.

The minister pointed out that the review is being undertaken to ensure that “each permit has been issued to a qualifying person because our immigration laws have to be implemented in a manner that facilitates economic development and encourages social stability”.

The Committee is to indicate how much time it will need to complete the task after taking into account various considerations.

The minister also announced that an Advisory Committee has been set up to advise on the Electoral Act.

The Constitutional Court, in July 2020, in the application brought by New National Movement NPC in 2019, ruled that the act is unconstitutional as it requires that adult citizens may only be elected to the national assembly and provincial legislatures through political parties.

The act limits the rights of independent candidates to stand for public office in general elections.

Parliament was given 24 months to remedy the defect.

In terms of services at home affairs offices, the minister indicated that more services resumed on 4 March 2021 in line with the move to Alert Level 1.

Services to resume include re-issues of Smart ID Cards and identity documents, registration and solemnization of marriages, amendments and rectifications, late registration of birth for all categories and applications and collections of passports for all categories.

Online services through eHome Affairs and partner banks will resume on Monday, 8 March 2021.