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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 […]

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International Students given a blanket extension due to protests

All international students affected by the current student protests with South African study visas, issued for tertiary studies, expiring on or before 31 December 2016 have been given a blanket extension on their visa with a conditional date of 31 March 2017. After receiving representations from tertiary institutions and stakeholders about the matter, the Home […]

Department of Home Affairs investigated by Carte Blanche

Department of Home Affairs investigated by Carte Blanche

Visa woes in spotlight Carte Blanche, the popular investigative journalism program, has aired a scathing report of the Department of Home Affairs. It does not make for easy watching. The report, titled “Visa Vitriol”, explores the appointment and role of Visa Facilitation Service(VFS), the bungling and delays foreigners experience during visa applications and the extraordinary […]

Urgent Update From Cape Town VFS Centre

More Changes At The VFS Centre In Cape Town

After moving back to the 21st Floor Absa Building Riebeeck Street on Monday, VFS is taking in submissions on appointment only and very urgent walk-ins (i.e expiring documents), in our experience the next appointments available are in three weeks time. Since November 1, collections have been taking place at their temporary offices on the 5th […]

Urgent Update From Cape Town VFS Centre

Urgent Update From Cape Town VFS Centre

The VFS centre in Cape Town temporarily closed on the 18th of October. They opened a temporary office on the 5th Floor, 47 Strand Street, Cape Town, and rearranged the times for submissions and collections to manage the flow of people through the building. As of today they will be back in the Absa building. […]

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South African Biometrics Capturing System

Complaints about capturing of biometrics causing the long ques and flight delays at the OR Tambo International Airport (ORTIA) have been addressed by the Home Affairs Director-General, Mkuseli Apleni this morning in a media briefing in Rosebank, Johannesburg. In December 2015, South Africa employed a biometrics capturing system for foreign national travellers entering South Africa’s […]

Urgent Update From Cape Town VFS Centre

Important Notice: DHA Application Centre in Cape Town temporarily moved

Important Update “The DHA Application Centre located at the Absa building in Riebeeck Street, Cape Town, has temporarily moved to a new location: 5th Floor, 47 Strand Street, Cape Town. DHA Applicants are advised that, with immediate effect, they can submit their applications as per their appointment at this centre until further notice. Applications can […]