The Department of Home Affairs published new regulations on the 30th of June 2021, in Government Gazette No. 44786.
Visa Concessions Extended
The March 2021 visa concessions extended all tourist and s11(2) business visas which expired during the state of disaster, to 30 June 2021. This date has been amended to the 30th of September 2021, granted that:
a) Holders of visas or permits have not departed the Republic since the announcement of the national state of disaster in March 2020 and had arrived with a valid visitor’s visa between December 2019 and March 14 2021.
b) This does not apply to any visa obtained on or after 15 March 2021.
The holders of visas issued for more than 90 days up to 3 years, study visas, treaty visas, business visas, medical treatment visas, relatives visas, general work visas, critical skills work visas, retired persons visas and exchange visas which expired during the national state of disaster have also received an extension. They must now apply for visas at https://www.vfsglobal.com/dha/southafrica/ on or before the 30th of September 2021 or leave the Republic.
The holders of these visas which expired during the state of disaster and who thus far were covered by the visa concessions are advised to contact their immigration service providers immediately.
We expect that the next three months will see many foreign nationals renewing their visas. Applicants are advised to book submission appointments as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.
Permanent Residence Applications
It has been announced that the permit services in terms of the Immigration Act will be rendered by the Department of Home Affairs as follows:
a) Permanent residence permits appeals applications with effect from 1st of October 2021;
b) Proof of permanent residence permits applications with effect from 1st of October 2021; and
c) Permanent residence permits applications with effect from 1st of January 2022
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