Covid Crisis: Immigration Measures from Global Migration GroupSubmitted by Leon
Covid Crisis Emergency Measures
President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced that there will be a Covid Lockdown from midnight Thursday, 26 March 2020 for 21 days (until midnight Thursday, 16 April 2020). We are obliged to close our office for this period.
The Directors and Management of Global Migration have put the following processes in place during the lockdown:
1. All documents couriered to our office will remain at the depot of the courier companies until after the lockdown;
2. The phones will be diverted and manned in this period;
3.VFS & DHA processing will be closed for this period. We are expecting an updated Directive from Home Affairs to deal with this as some of our clients are scheduled to submit applications during the lockdown period. As soon as we know what measures are in place, we will notify our clients;
4. We will be able to access emails received during this period;
5. During this period we will be working remotely checking on emails and handling calls;
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Issued by Leon Isaacson
Global Migration Group CEO
VFS has just informed us of the following measures regarding application submissions:
As recent measures are put into place by our honourable President Ramaphosa to help flatten the curve of the covid-19 pandemic, the following operational plan will be in effect.
Wednesday 25th March 2020 will be the last day of submissions – no critical skills, general work and business visa related applications will be accepted on this day for temporary residence permits only.
Thursday will be the last day for collections, collections times 10:00 to 15:00
Any walk-ins that have visa’s expiring tomorrow or during the lockdown will be turned away. We will prioritize scheduled appointments and appeal related applications only. DHA have authourized all those holding visa’s expiring during the lockdown period commencing tomorrow will not require a good cause letter when we return to full operations. VFS reopening will be dependent on the department’s decision to be made soon. Communication will be made via all channels on complete reopening and strategy for submissions. Our sincere apologies for the delayed email but discussions had to be made. Thank you for understanding and stay safe!
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