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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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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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UPDATE: New Police Clearance Process Postponed

In mid-September, The Department of Home Affairs (DHA) announced that a new process of gaining a South African police clearance via applicant’s biometrics (fingerprints) would be effective as of 1 October 2016. Read more about the announcement here.   VFS Global announced that this procedure has been temporarily postponed until further notice. Read the notice […]

Autism treatment in South Africa

Visas for autism treatment in South Africa

South Africa has a large choice of popular autism schools and treatment centres of high standard which a number of foreign nationals seeking treatments look to as a solution. In most cases, South Africa is the only option for some countries to turn to for treatments, as these centres have not yet established in their […]

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Overstay Visa South Africa – Must I leave?

Can I apply for a new visa or permit from within South Africa? A question often posed by our clients is “Can I apply for a new visa or permit from within South Africa?”. For the most part, the answer to this question is “Yes” – although this is rarely possible if the foreigner in question […]

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Visa Overstay South Africa – How will you pay?

A year has passed since the amended Immigration Act and regulations came into effect and we are still seeing people overstaying their South African visas on a regular basis. One of the more common reasons for a visa overstay in South Africa is that many foreigners still hold the erroneous belief that they will be able pay […]

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The declaration of “Undesirability”

Overstaying a South African visa is certainly the most common reason for foreigners being declared undesirable and banned from the country, but it is not the only one. Who would be at risk of being declared undesirable The Immigration Act grants a discretionary power on the Director-General of Home Affairs, allowing him to declare the following […]