Home Affairs dealing with backlog of unabridged birth certificates

With new visa regulations being implmented on Monday, the dept has a backlog of 4,000 applications.

FILE: Home Affairs on Tuesday said the department has a backlog of around 4,000 applications for unabridged birth certificates. Picture: EWN

CAPE TOWN - Home Affairs on Tuesday said the department has a backlog of around 4,000 applications for unabridged birth certificates.

From 1 June, children under the age of 18 will be required to have an unabridged birth certificate or equivalent document if they are entering or leaving the country as part of South Africa's new immigration regulations.

Home Affairs Director-General Mkuseli Apleni said applications take six to eight weeks to process.

"The backlog which we have is 4,000 as of yesterday."

However, parents who are planning to travel and who are still waiting for their documents to be issued, will be able to get a letter from the department that will allow their children to travel.

Apleni said several other countries have similar requirements.

"That abridged birth certificate, countries around the world are not recognising it because it does not have the details of the parents. It can just have a child's name and that's it."

To view the new regulations, click here.