Category News Articles

07Feb
 

Egyptian notice for VISA PROCESSING

As of today business and tourist visas are taking 21 WORKING DAYS TO PROCESS.

One cannot pay any urgent processing fees to hurry up the visa processing at the Embassy in Pretoria.

We have tried many times to get through to the Egyptian consular office, but their phones are ringing off the hook.

Please keep in contact with us for further updates.

25Oct
 

Ukraine visa news

From October 29 until November 2, the Consular section of the Ukraine Embassy will consider emergency visa applications. Applicants are required to make prior appointments between 10h00 and 12h00 daily via telephone only. The number is 012 460 1943.

Normal office operations will resume on Monday, November 5.

25Oct
 

INDIA visa online system issues

Agents have reported that clients have faced technical difficulties when applying for an Indian e-visa over the last few days.

eTNW understands that when clients attempted to submit their details they were told the URL was not responding.

The Indian Consulate confirmed that there was no manual method for application and that clients would only be able to apply for a visa online.

The Consulate told eTNW that the e-visa application system was managed in India and that they were unable to explain the reason for the technical difficulties. However, they apologised for the inconvenience and recommended that clients re-attempt the application as they believed the technical issue would be resolved shortly.

25Oct
 

UAE visitor visa updates

The UAE will now grant people on visitor or tourist visas a 30-day extension twice (total of 60 days) without having to leave the country. There will be a charge of Dh600 per each additional 30-day period.

The announcement was made in a press statement on October 17, by Brigadier Saeed Rakan Al Rashidi, acting director-general of Foreigner’s Affairs and Ports at the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship.

Previously, travellers had to leave the UAE after the expiry of their three-month visit visa or one-month tourist visa and then apply for a new visa in their country of origin in order to return.

18Oct
 

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.

20Sep
 

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
21Aug
 

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 !!

16Jul
 

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

16Jul
 

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.

27Jun
 

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.