Banned from South Africa

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 foreigners undesirable:

  • Anyone who is or is likely to become a public charge;
  • Anyone identified as such by the Minister of Home Affairs;
  • Anyone who has been declared incompetent in a court of law;
  • An unrehabilitated insolvent;
  • Anyone who has been ordered to depart in terms of the Immigration Act;
  • Anyone who is a fugitive from justice;
  • Anyone with previous criminal convictions without the option of a fine a fine for conduct which would be an offence in South Africa (certain exceptions may apply for prescribed offences);
  • Any person who has overstayed the prescribed number of times.

What to do if declared undesirable

If declared undesirable, a foreigner shall not qualify for any visa or permit to South Africa, nor shall they be granted admission into the country. Any declaration of undesirability may be waived by the Minister upon application by the affected foreigner, provided that good cause exists. Contact us for further information and assistance in drafting your application.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column]

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  1. I was considered an undesirable and my son and I cannot get back to SA to my fiancée. It was for only 1 year but they haven’t unbanned me.

    When I was told this I submitted my appeal to someone on the list of people and it turns out this isn’t correct and the South African website says a different process.

    It’s been a year and my time is finished . I still am denied access into the country. What must I do!

  2. I wan v – listed cause agent who helped me apply for work permit in 2014 use fraudulent documents in submitting twice which I only found out after my appeal was rejected I have son here in SA and I’m still with the mom would like to sort this out please can you company help me take off the v – list permanently?

  3. Good day My application for permanent residence in Home affaires is there any ways to influence result early by your company,

  4. Hi Peter

    Thank you for contacting us. Please email with a detailed overview of your situation and your contact details and he will get back to you.

    Kind regards,
    The SAVisas Team

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