Zero has­sle get­ting my per­ma­nent res­i­dency per­mit

The Star Early Edition - - NEWS - Dr Mathias Kaufhold

I HOPE you re­mem­ber my case. Af­ter I fi­nally suc­ceeded with the tem­po­rary work per­mit for my­self, a friend of mine (a Con­golese doc­tor) made me aware at the end of last year that Home Af­fairs changed its at­ti­tude to­wards for­eign med­i­cal pro­fes­sion­als and that I should ap­ply for a per­ma­nent res­i­dency per­mit, al­though my tem­po­rary one was still valid for more than four years.

So I gave it a try: I ap­plied with VFS Global for a per­ma­nent res­i­dency per­mit on April 7.

To­day, seven weeks later, I col­lected the doc­u­ment in Bloem­fontein, even though the VFS web­site states that it would take six months.

No has­sles, no miss­ing doc­u­ments. All I had to sup­ply was a copy of my tem­po­rary per­mit, a new For­eign Work­force Man­age­ment Pro­gramme en­dorse­ment cer­tifi­cate, a new Ger­man and South African po­lice clear­ance cer­tifi­cate and a CV.

Kind re­gards and thanks again for your as­sis­tance.

Ge­orgie: Dr Kaufhold, a Ger­man HIV spe­cial­ist work­ing in a public hospi­tal in the Free State, bat­tled for months to get his ex­cep­tional skills work per­mit re­newed. Es­ther Dlamini of Africa Health Place­ments did amaz­ing work to assist the doc­tor.

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