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Australian visa applications needs to be lodged by 30 Nov 18 – if need for Christmas Departures

The Immigration Office at the Australian High Commission in Pretoria is receiving high volumes of visa applications leading into the peak season. The office has warned that the processing of visa applications may experience some delays.

To ensure that clients are able to travel by their intended travel date, agents are advised to lodge their visa applications as early as possible.

Furthermore, clients who are planning to visit Australia for a holiday during Christmas and New Year must lodge their application before Friday, November 30 for planned travel between December 21 and January 5. This needs to be done as soon as possible as late visitor visa applications lodged may not be processed until next year.

Incomplete applications being lodged by travel agents are identified as another cause of delays. In these instances standard supporting documents, such as copy of passport, evidence of funds, evidence of employment, invitation letter and health insurance (required for travellers 75+) are missing from the applications, or requirements such as biometrics or medical examinations not being undertaken in a timely manner.

To meet the growing volume of visa lodgements within committed time frames, the immigration office will no longer request standard supporting documents to be attached or make multiple requests for biometrics to be undertaken. A client’s visa application will be decided on the information provided at lodgement, but the office has warned that it may be adversely affected by incomplete applications.


Our Cape Town Office has MOVED

Our Cape Town Office has MOVED around the corner next to Tothills Pharmacy at Boland Bank House.
New address: Suite 305, 3rd floor, BOLAND BANK HOUSE, 18 Lower Burg Street, Cape Town, 8001.
For Cape Town emergencies: please call 083 483 5639
Otherwise contact our JNB office on 011 3911773

Travel Insurance needed for IRAN VISA APPLICATION

The Embassy of Iran has instructed that all visa applicants take out valid travel insurance before submitting their visa application, and provide proof thereof in the paperwork submitted for the application.
The Embassy has indicated that travel insurance will be treated as ‘valid’ if it has been acquired from Hollard Travel, or Travel Insurance Consultants.

Speak to your friendly, VISALOGIX CONSULTANT for more assistance with your travel visas !!


Canada visa applications at present to be applied in person for fingerprints in Pretoria

Passengers applying for Canadian visas will have to submit their biometrics in person at the Pretoria-based VFS application centre, according to the Immigration and Visa Section of the High Commission of Canada, based in Pretoria.

At the time of publication, no other South African submission centres had been provided.

The High Commission also confirmed that applicants who are required to submit biometrics will receive a Biometric Letter of Instruction from the Government of Canada informing them that they will be unable to obtain a Canadian visa without first submitting their biometrics to VFS.

When supplying biometrics, applicants will also need to bring:

  • Passport
  • The Biometric Letter of Instruction


South Africa Unabridged Birth Certificates – Home Affairs Announcement

Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba has said that the details of parents will be printed in children’s passports.

“In this way, the department will have delivered on the earlier Cabinet concession of easing travel with children,” he said.

This will be rolled out in conjunction with the Department of Home Affairs’ ‘Modernisation’ programme, which began in 2010.

The Minister said: “We are now moving to a paperless process for birth, marriage and death registration in a phased-in approach, as well as the printing of parents’ details in the children’s passports. This is another way of ‘meeting the future’, by rising to opportunities created by technological advancements for maximising client satisfaction. To do this, requires a major system upgrade, commencing on Friday afternoon, July 13.”

He added that if a child was not travelling with parents (one or both), however, written consent would still be required.

As last year 1 Feb 2017, was supposed to be when Home Affairs was going to put the child’s details in the mother’s  RSA passport, so as to do away with this UBC when travelling abroad as a minor.

However, seeing is believing… Visalogix, will keep you updated as Home Affairs makes the actual changes.


South African Police Clearance fast tracking services 15 July cut-off date

We have been advised by authorities in Gauteng that the ‘fast tracking’ service shall not be a service  as from mid July 2018.

Therefore the “normal” lengthy waiting period shall be for one’s Police Clearance application.

Please contact Visalogix for further information.


The Consular Section of the Embassy of Romania in Pretoria will close from June 20 to July 23.

The Consular Section of the Embassy of Romania in Pretoria will close from June 20 to July 23.

During this period, all enquiries and applications will automatically be diverted to the Consulate General of Romania in Cape Town.


Cyprus Embassy closed on certain days

The High Commission of the Republic of Cyprus in Pretoria has advised that it will be closed on Fridays as well as two days at the end of every month.

Agents should keep this in mind when submitting visa applications.



Here is an idea should you wish to travel to the USA and still need to make an appointment for you to visit them in person

Cape Town USA consular appointments only have a about 3 dates available for February 2018 and not much more openings for March 2018.

Johannesburg Consular appointments are ready available from February 2018.

We urge you to make your travel plans as soon as you are aware of your potential travel dates – otherwise give VISALOGIX a call to see how we can assist.



South Africans can transit through Australia only if they are eligible to do so.

This is what the Australian Home Affairs Government states:-

  • Passengers must enter by air
  • Hold confirmed onward booking to leave Australia  to travel to a 3rd country on the same or connecting flight within 8 hours of arrival in Australia
  • Hold necessary documentation to enter the country of destination and not need to leave the airport transit lounge except to continue their journey.

So basically this means:-

  • If you will have to go through immigration clearance and check-in, to their onward flight
  • Including manage their baggage