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Immigration: A lack of commitment

18 June 2014, 12:52
Hey,
I'm Dutch and work in South Africa. My visa has expired due to the lack of commitment of the department of Home Affairs.

We run a company that brings students from overseas to help with NGO projects and community upliftment projects on a voluntary basis. This means that when they stay longer than 90 days we extend there visa for an other 90 days.

But the average waiting time for a new visa is 120 days. Now all the volunteers that go back are registered as UNWANTED. This is unheard of and a major blow for volunteer tourism and upliftment of the smaller communities.

I will now wait until I hear that it is "safe" for me to go back to the Netherlands, that I can come back after a couple of months. Otherwise I will follow the experts opinions and stay here in South Africa until the visa stories are sorted our. 
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