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 […]

Closing Dates For VFS Centres over the Festive Season

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 […]

Closing Dates For VFS Centres over the Festive Season

Notice: DHA Application Centre in Cape Town Temporarily Closed

Please note the following statement from the VFS Global Centre in Cape Town: “Due to unforeseen circumstances, the DHA Application center at 21st floor Absa Centre, No 2 Riebeeck Street, Cape Town South Africa, will be temporarily closed. We regret the inconvenience caused and are working towards re-opening the center as soon as possible. Please […]

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 here. […]

DHA introduces automated process for RSA Police Clearance

RSA Police Clearance Application No Longer Required for Visas

The Department of Home Affairs (DHA) has announced that it will no longer be necessary for those applying for South African visas to obtain hard copies of South African police clearance certificates before South African visa applications may be submitted. As of 1 October, 2016, VFS will use visa applicant’s fingerprints to automatically run background […]

Source:ijoburg.co.za

Anti-LGBTI Pastor Prohibited from entering South Africa

The Department of Home Affairs (“DHA”) has released a statement clarifying its position on the proposed visit of American Pastor Steven Anderson to South Africa. Pastor Anderson is well-known for his anti-LGBTI stance and homophobic preaching. The statement follows public outcry at the news that the controversial pastor would be visiting South Africa to spread […]

Yellow fever requirements eased for SA visa applicants

A recent amendment to the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) International Health Regulations (IHR) means that yellow fever certificates, in relation to international travel, will now have a lifetime validation. Conditions for entry to South Africa As a condition of entry, proof of yellow fever vaccination may be required from travelers who have passed through countries […]

Successful Permanent Residency Visa

Le Roux Attorneys: Permanent Residency Permit Outcome in Record Time

With the help of Le Roux Attorneys Zimbabwean national, Kudzai Mushininga was granted a permanent residency certificate in less than three months.  Read her story below. As an aspiring actuary, Kudzai elected to study at UCT due to its international recognition, affordability in comparison to equivalent international institutions, and its close proximity to her Zimbabwean […]

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Relief for spousal visa applicants

In-country change of status to spousal visa now allowed VFS in South Africa has been instructed to allow visitors visa holders to change status from within South Africa.  In-country change of status will however only be allowed when the visitor wants to change to long-stay visitor visas or to a spousal visa. [UPDATE – see […]

2016 Update on South Africa’s Visa Rules

South Africa's Department of Home Affairs has recently issued a statement outlining the progress achieved to date concerning last year's proposed visa concessions. The report identifies  several key areas for discussion, including: Unabridged Birth Certificates While South African minor children travelling out of the country still require an unabridged birth certificate (UBC) to do so, the Department of [...]