The poor implementation of visa and permit processes in South Africa costs the country between R10-15 billion rand per year. This is the view of Leon Isaacson, CEO of Global Migration Group, an Immigration agency providing visa application services to individuals and corporates from all of over the world.
Isaacson says that the Covid epidemic has highlighted the problems with policy and implementation and delayed the issuing of temporary residence visas inside South Africa for up to six months. " Clearly Covid has taken its toll on staffing numbers and staff health, so Home Affairs has been extending visas for 3-6 months at time to allow people to stay legal."The permanent residence permit backlog has been building for a while, and the company felt compelled to take the matter to court on behalf of 180 applicants who have been waiting for up to six years for their applications. It is highly prejudicial for long term residents to be without permanent residence, as banking facilities, education, emloyment and related issues are dependent on this status." We expect Home Affairs to settle this case as they have said that they don't want more litigation," said Isaacson.
There is a high correlation between efficient visa systems and economic benefit, as all of these people contribute locally in some way.