South Africa: Transportation Strike Causes Delays in Delivery of Immigration Applications
A strike by transportation workers is causing delays in application processing and the return of approval notices within South Africa, and in the delivery of supporting documentation to overseas applicants applying at South African consular posts.
A transportation strike in South Africa is affecting immigration application processing and the return of approval notices, as well as the delivery of original employer documentation to overseas applicants filing at South African consular posts. The strike is expected to cause significant processing delays for work visa applications submitted in South Africa and abroad.
The transportation strike is primarily affecting the delivery of in-country applications and approval notices within South Africa. In-country applications to change status are first submitted to a regional immigration center, which then sends the application to the main immigration office for processing. Once processing is completed, the main office returns the approval notice to the respective regional center. Transportation between the regional centers and main office has been hindered.
The strike is also affecting the delivery of original immigration documents (such as employer support letters) from South Africa to overseas applicants. Foreign nationals can choose to apply for work visas at a South African consular post instead of submitting an in-country, change of status application. In these cases, they must present original documents, such as a support letter sent by the South African sponsoring employer. The delivery of these original documents from South Africa is being delayed by the strike.
After the strike ends, processing delays are expected to continue for some time as immigration offices work through backlogs that accumulated during the strike.
It is not yet known how long the strike will last. Fragomen is closely monitoring the situation and will disseminate further alerts as developments occur.
This alert is for informational purposes only. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the global immigration professional with whom you work at Fragomen Global Immigration Services or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.