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DHA Scraps Visa Transfers

Expired passports will automatically cause visas to expire The Department of Home Affairs (DHA) has announced that it will scrap visa transfers and no longer allow the transfer of visas from expiring and expired passports to newly-issued passports.  The expiry of a passport will in future automatically cause the South African visas which it contains […]

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South African visa solutions for ZSP spouses

Many Zimbabweans holding ZSP’s have settled down and made South Africa a home for themselves and their families, without acquiring a legal South African visa or permit before the end of 2017, they will have to give up their lives here and return to their Zimbabwe. The process for Zimbabwean Special Permit (ZSP) holders converting […]

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Good news for International English Language learners

EduSA recently settled a lawsuit, which will allow foreign nationals to gain study visas to study English as a foreign language at their member institutions in South Africa. Background As of May 2014, English Language Training (ELT) have struggled with not being formally recognised as learning institutions in South Africa and therefore international students have […]

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New Zealanders will now require visas to Visit SA

In response to New Zealand withdrawing visa free travel for South Africans, South African Minister of Home Affairs announces a withdrawal of visa free travel for New Zealand Passport holders. New Zealand Withdraws In 1996, visa-free travel was implemented for all South African passport holders wishing to visit New Zealand for up to three months. […]

Closing Dates For VFS Centres over the Festive Season

Closing Dates For VFS Centres over the Festive Season

VFS Global has announced the closing dates for their South African application centres over the festive season. The last day for submissions will be on the 21st of December 2016. Thereafter, they will be open for collections only on the 22nd and the 23rd of December 2016. They will be closed over the following public […]

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DHA increases airport staff for the 2016/17 festive season

Minister Malusi Gigaba announces plans that the government has put in place to deal with the large capacity of people entering the country over the festive season. In a media briefing that took place at the O.R Tambo Airport on 8 December, Malusi Gigaba discussed the mandate for facilitation of travellers during the 2016/17 festive […]

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South African visa requirements updated for all UK majors

As posted on the VFS United Kingdom application site for South African visas, “A financial undertaking or support by a foreigner (parents/ spouse of an applicant who is not a South African citizen) is no longer recognized in terms of the South African Immigration Regulations.” All applicants, aged 18 and older, applying for a visitor’s […]

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VFS application centre to open in Zimbabwe

VFS application centres to open in Harare and Bulawayo on 1 December 2016. These application centres will accept applications and documentation on behalf of the South African Missions. The trading hours of the application centres will run from Monday to Friday for 8:00 am to 12:00 and 13:00 to 15:00. These VFS centres will close […]

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Mos Def apologises and leaves South Africa

Yasiin Bey, also known as Mos Def, a US rapper and actor apologises and leaves South Africa after contravening the South African Immigration Act earlier this year. DHA held a media briefing on Tuesday, 22 November 2016, to announce the developments. When he attempted to leave the country at the Cape Town International Airport earlier […]

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Closing dates for South African Visa Application centres in the UK

Please note the following closing dates for the South African High Commission in London and the South African Visa Application Centres across the UK: • 16th of December 2016 for the South African Day of Reconciliation • 24th of December 2016 till the 2nd of January 2017 for the festive season. • 23rd December 2016 […]