I'll miss the birth of my first grandchild thanks to Home Affairs

2014-06-26 15:27

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A News24 Travel reader says the new immigration rules have thrown out her travel plans to the UK for an important event in her family.

"I am a UK passport holder and I along with my husband have lived in SA since 2007. My husband holds a 5 year work permit, until 2019. I applied for a renewal of my permit in Feb 2014 and I am still waiting. When applying for pervious renewals we have been able to travel overseas with my acknowledgment receipt duly stamped by Home Affairs. On this we booked to go to the UK in September 2014 having not been told otherwise by HA.

We then found out this week that this is now not allowed and I must stay in this country until the renewal is approved or fear the prospect of being deported on trying to re-entry into SA and a 5 year ban on my returning to SA.  None of this information was told to me on submission of my renewal if we had we would not of booked our annual trip to see family overseas.

This is even more painful as my first grand child is due to be born in late August hence our trip. All we can do is hope that HA manage to issue my permit before or we will lose all the money we have paid for our trip. Each time you manage to speak to someone the answer is the same you cannot travel and you must wait. There are also no exceptions to this rule."

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