Home affairs has declared my wife illegal even though she has been living here for 5 years

2014-06-26 15:31

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My name is Jean du Toit , 37y old South African citizen who  have been married to Irina Tokar , citizen  of the Ukraine for 7 years . For the last 5 years we have been living in Johannesburg  South Africa and on  3 March 2014 Irina applied with HA for a permanent residence permit,  more than 60 days before  expiry of  her  temporary permit/visa   on 10 May 2014  .A letter of acknowledgement of the application is the only communication received from HA to date.

In May we  got news that Irina,s  grandmother in the Ukraine was  seriously ill and because of the deteriorating security situation in the Ukraine which may make future   travel to the Ukraine   impossible  Irina decided to take an urgent  trip to see her grandmother in the Ukraine  . On Sunday 15 June 2014 Irina and our nine months old baby Olivia departed from OR Thambo airport  but not before she was declared an undesireable person and banned from South Africa for 5 years.

 She launched an appeal with HA but to -date no acknowledgement of receival of the appeal. In light of the non response on the application for a permanent residence permit  our  level of confidence for a fair revision is  low.

I am a holder of multiple university degrees and with my vast experience of computer systems I will have no problem finding a job abroad where I worked before for several years .

The reason why I returned to South Africa in 2009 was because I wanted to help build my beloved democratic South Africa  but now that HA make it impossible for me to stay here with my family,  I will have no option but to find a  new home  where my  talent and knowledge are  still appreciated.

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