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Home Affairs Permit woes after making errors on my permit

04 July 2014, 13:09

My passport got stolen in Sept 2013, I had to travel back to Zim to get a new passport upon my return I had to transfer the permit that was in my stolen passport to my new passport, this Spousal permit was expiring in March 2014 and I have been married to an SA citizen for 7 years and have a 6 year old child. I applied for this transfer in early November 2013 and received it back in February 2014 I was shocked that it took relatively quick to come when I received the sms saying to collect outcome. Upon collecting the permit I realized why it had come so early, expiry date was 13 February 2014 and had a new permit number, I immediately informed the officer there that I had sent my copy of the permit that was supposed to be transferred and did not understand why it was not even looked at I immediately applied for this to be rectified on the same day as I had 30 days before the original one was to expire and before I could apply for permanent residency, this was February 2014 and I only received information that it was only sent to HO Pretoria on 28 March, I kept on calling the HO call center and feedback is always call us back afterr 2 to 3 weeks, I eventually called and was told had been received in Pretoria only on 11 June 2014 way past the expiry date. Took 4 months for this to get to them and now expiry date passed I have no idea what is going to happen now as the expiry date passed and I still could not manage to apply for permanent residency as I was told to wait for the corrected permit and its now 5 months still nothing. I am living in fear of being separated from my wife and kid and have since lost my job as my permit expired!

I hope this situation changes as this is very unfair for foreigners to pay for home affairs mistakes and all they will do is blame the foreigners this is ridiculous and infringes on human rights!

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