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What Are The Zimbabwean Exemption Permit Requirements?

On Friday, 8 September 2017, the Minister of the Department of Home Affairs (DHA), Prof. Hlengiwe Mkhize, revealed the requirements and processes of the newly-announced Zimbabwean Exemption Permits (ZEPs).

The Zimbabwean Exemption Permits replace 2014’s Zimbabwean Special Permits (ZSPs) and the Special Dispensation Permits for Zimbabweans (DZPs) which were issued in 2010.

The series of special permits for Zimbabweans make it easier for Zimbabwean nationals to legalise their stay in South Africa by cutting red tape and dispensing with most of the ordinary visa requirements.

Zimbabweans are the largest single group of foreign nationals in South Africa, with some estimating that there are more than one million Zimbabweans in the country.

197 941 Zimbabwean Special Permits were issued in 2014.

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Zimbabwean Exemption Permit

Subject to restrictive conditions

Only existing holders of Zimbabwean Special Permits will be allowed to apply for the new Zimbabwean Exemption Permits.

New applicants, who are not currently in possession of a Zimbabwean Special Permit, will not be allowed to apply for the Zimbabwean Exemption Permit.

Once issued, Zimbabwean Exemption Permit holders will not be allowed to change the conditions attached to their Zimbabwean Exemption Permit.

A Zimbabwean Exemption Permit issued for the purposes of the study, for example, cannot at a later stage be converted to a Zimbabwean Exemption Permit for the purposes of work. Graduating students will be expected to apply for ordinary work visas after graduation.

Zimbabwean Exemption Permits will be issued for up to 4 years and cannot be extended or renewed. Holders will not qualify for permanent residency, regardless of the period of stay in South Africa.

Applicants will be required to submit a valid Zimbabwean passport, which must remain valid for the entire duration of the required visa, as well as evidence of employment, evidence of being in business, or evidence of study (as applicable).

Applications open shortly

Zimbabwean Exemption Permit applications will be received from 15 September 2017 and will close on 30 November 2017. From 1 January 2018, applicants will be allowed to travel without being declared undesirable if in possession of a copy of their expired ZSP and a Zimbabwean Exemption Permit application submission receipt.

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13 Comments

  1. Please tell me how I can obtain holiday visa for my 15 years old child. I filled up the application on the e-visa and I received visa only for me. I put the name of my son on the dependant area but no visa for him. Also there is no questions on the application about pasaport number of him…so and so…

  2. l applied for Zsp permit and I didn’t receive massage
    from Homeafars. l don’t know whether my application suceed. what am I suppose to do. my banks acounts are now closed.

  3. how re u .i wolud like to ask about people who dont have working permits who would like to appley for the first time .what should they do and where can they appley .

  4. I wish to express my sincere gratitude to the DHA for this decision. However l think the department should have allowed children of zsp holders who do not have zsp to also apply for the zep because by time some parents applied for dzp the children were still at home and now it is difficult to get alternative permits for them.

  5. My name is Senziwane Ndlovu a Zimbabwean working in South Africa and would like to obtain a workers permit for the first time. Please assist.

    Thanking you in advance

  6. I am so glad for such a relief that eventually came through the exemption permits.I would like to express my gratitude upon that.So i just want to know how can i commence and if ever possible send me some tips so that i will be able to have an access inspite the fact that i managed to have the previous dispensary permit.

  7. I am so glad for such a relief that eventually came through the exemption permits.I would like to express my gratitude upon that.So i just want to know how can i commence and if ever possible send me some tips so that i will be able to have an access inspite the fact that i managed to have the previous dispensary permit.

  8. I am a holder of ZPS permit and legally married to a South African citizen and wuold like to apply for a spousal permit, will that be possible and what are the requirements?

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