VFS Appeals - South African Immigration advice from Le Roux Attorneys

VFS Appeals – What you need to know

You’ve obtained all your documents, waited in line, and finally submitted your visa or permanent residency application. Days turn into weeks, and weeks into months, but before you have a chance to finalise your Christmas wish-list you have your outcome from the Department of Home Affairs REJECTED.

What to do if your South African visa application is rejected

Once the initial wave of despair has passed, you are faced with one burning question…what happens next? Whether it appears as though the rejection was unfounded or not, the important thing to keep in mind is that you only have 10 working days within which to submit your appeal. In order to do so, you will need to schedule an appointment at the VFS Centre closest to you and complete the online application form. A practical issue that has arisen is that often a VFS Centre will not have any available appointments for you during the prescribed 10 day time frame.

What are your VFS appeal options

There is still a degree of uncertainty surrounding whether it is sufficient for you to complete the online form within 10 days and then attend an appointment thereafter, but we strongly advise against going down this route. A better option when there are no available appointments, is to book a future appointment and then take all your documents to VFS on a date within the 10 days to submit. VFS officials will accept your documents on the day provided that you can prove you have made a future appointment (even though that future date becomes superfluous).

Make sure you’re covered

To ensure you have all bases covered, it is advisable to enlist the services of an immigration attorney to draft your appeal, especially in complex cases.  Contact us for more information or assistance regarding VFS appeals.

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  1. Hello, what is going to happen if the applicant did not submit an appeal within 10 days, do they tolerate submission over 10 days, thank you.

  2. Hi Frank,

    A request for condonation for late submission will have to be put forward. VFS/DHA are not obliged to accept this however. Feel free to send through an enquiry to immigration@lr-inc.co.za should you need more assistance.

  3. If my application is rejected because one or two required documents are considered invalid,when am submitting my appeal do i have to include are documents which passed or i submit only the documents in question!??

  4. Hi Hamid, you’ll have to include copies of all the requisite documents, not just those that were missing.

  5. Hello ,I’ve been waiting for my appeal on my study permit which happened in 2015,its already 2016 and I’m still waiting for it and my university won’t let me register with my receipt isn’t there anyway I can get to go study whilst waiting for it as I can’t take another gap year.thank you

  6. Good day Khwima, you will either have to await the outcome of your appeal, or submit a new study visa application. I suspect the latter will be the quicker option.

  7. My husband received a rejection letter regarding his Temporary residence visa in Nov 2015. We had some hassles in renewing his passport. unfortunately the 10 working days to submit an applictaion for appeal have already passed. what do we do now?

  8. Good morning Zaheeda, it’s difficult to provide advice with the limited information. Please send through a copy of the rejection letter as well as a detailed explanation of the case to matt@lr-inc.co.za and we will revert back with our recommended course of action.

  9. Hey writing – I am thankful for the specifics – Does someone know where my company can find a fillable a form version to use ?

  10. Good day

    I have submitted my application this month and my current visa is expiring soon, will I be declared undesirable pending my application. Please advice

  11. We would recommend that you leave South Africa and return on a visitor visa when you are expecting an outcome on your application.

  12. Hi. After applying via VFS and the study permit issued to me; the very permit was declared invalid at the airport. So am in Kenya now and i have to come back to South Africa to continue with my studies. Am now considered an undesirable person…and the 10 days to appeal is fast moving. Whats the way forward.

  13. Hello Owino.

    I am sorry to hear about for the situation in which you are in now. In order to assist you, we first need to know the exact reason why your study permit has been rejected at the border. Please visit http://www.savisas.com/banned-from-entering-south-africa/ and fill in the form at the bottom of the page. A professional of this matter will get in touch with you soon.

    Kind regards,

  14. hi am registred with my mother passport sice i came to southafrica now i have my empty passport am in grade 12 .education departement request study visa to qualify for to pass metric exems.i did apply for study permit was rejected reason no valid visa but i was with my mother passport in acc spouse visa. and i apply by immegration for good cause letter .and i apply for appeal .now takes long bcoz education departement closing date to accept documentto pass the metric exems end of october ?????plz edvice?

  15. may l know if you can check for me if my overstaying appeal was
    cleared. I applied for it in September.
    The issue is like l overstayed with 20mins on the 3rd of January 2015
    owing to a breakdown and the immigration officer gave me a one year
    ban.The ban ended on the 3rd of January 2016.
    Now l want to apply for a study visa and l would like to know if l can apply.
    Thank you.

  16. Hy, I applied for a study permit in south Africa and was denied on the basis that the school was not registered with the educational department. But the school is really registered and they had proofs of their registration. Plz advice me on what to do.

  17. hi l recently applied for a study permit to south africa and after submission the department asked me to provide more proof of sufficient funds which l did. to my understanding the application did not fail or pass according to vfs zimbabwe. my question is how long will it take to get to the final decision for my visa because my due date is fast aproachin

  18. Hi,
    Don’t know if anyone still responds to this thread…
    I am currently waiting PRP (I’m at 16 months as of now), however the news has only just reached me that I can’t use the receipt from VFS to travel in and out of SA( I believe it was called Directive 46)… Now I’m overstayed by about 3 months.
    My question is, when I go to collect my PRP will they check my current visa and make me undesirable before I even collect the PRP?
    If the visa application is accepted will the overstay be overlooked? What are my options at this point?
    If you can help with advice please contact me.
    Many thanks.

  19. Hi I applied for Permanent residency visa and it was rejected because apparently my Zimbabwe Police Clearance was invalid. But I applied same time as a friend of mine who I went to Zimbabwe with for the Police Clearance and his was OK. Now I have since flown to and from Zimbabwe with a new Police clearance as instructed by the VFS officials and been waiting for 9 months. My current visa expires in 2019 June. What must I do? I have been following a number of people who appeals have taken years and some never came back and had to go back after the Visas expired. I am slowly losing hope what must I do?

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