The backlog within the DHA has persisted, reaching the monumental peak of 62,692 outstanding visa applications in 2023. While the Minister of Home Affairs, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi, has announced several mitigation measures, such as various concessions extending the validity of long-term visas and the deployment of more departmental resources, the backlog continues to persist.
Additionally, the number of rejected applications continues to rise due to the DHA being under such undue strain.t
Marisa Jacobs, Managing Director of Xpatweb, has confirmed that she has “never seen so many rejections” in the market. While the DHA typically rejects applications for not meeting lawful criteria, there seems to be a trend of rejections based on arbitrary and frivolous reasons.
Xpatweb has seen several rejected visas stating that applicants had filed the application incorrectly, despite this not being the case.
Further, Xpatweb has noted that some Embassies and their VFS offices abroad have pushed the boundaries of efficiency – only adding to an already unpredictable application process. These challenges continue to leave many businesses and applications with open work visa applications feeling frustrated and unsure of where to turn next.
While these hindrances are not going anywhere any time soon, a well-planned work visa application roadmap can guide the way.