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SOUTH AFRICA: DHA Ceases to Honour Temporary Residence Visas

February 16, 2017

The Department of Home Affairs (DHA) of South Africa is no longer honouring Temporary Residence Visas (TRVs) issued with a validity period exceeding the foreign national’s passport expiry date, beyond the expiry date of the passport. This came into effect in January 2017. In all instances, where the DHA or a South African Mission abroad […]

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SOUTH AFRICA: 90-Day Visa Waiver for New Zealand Passport Holders Withdrawn

December 14, 2016

The South Africa Department of Home Affairs have recently announced that they will withdraw the 90-day visa waiver/exemption for New Zealand passport holders, with effect from 16th January 2017. Due to the reciprocal visa waiver that has been in place…

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NEW ZEALAND: Visa Status Changes for Nationals of South Africa, Mauritius and the Seychelles

October 19, 2016

From 21st November 2016, the New Zealand government is set to introduce visitor visa requirements for all South African passport holders, while passport holders from Mauritius and the Seychelles will no longer need a visitor visa to travel to New…

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SOUTH AFRICA: Automated Biometric Criminal Records Checks Introduced

October 5, 2016

Hard copy South African Police Clearance Certificates are no longer required for in-country applications. Previously, any expat over the age of 18 who has resided in South Africa for 12 months or more requires a hard copy South African Police Clearance…

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SOUTH AFRICA: Changes to Submission Process for Indian Visas

June 10, 2016

The visa application submission process for South African nationals is changing for those wishing to obtain a visa in India. Applicants previously had to submit their applications to an Indian Consular post but with immediate effect all applications should be…

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SOUTH AFRICA: New Immigration Bill Proposed to Cut Overstaying

June 3, 2016

A new bill has been proposed in South Africa to increase the sanctions currently in place for foreigners overstaying in the country, bringing in tighter measures and penalties. It is essential to note that these are currently in proposal stages,…

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SOUTH AFRICA: New Extended Visitor Visa and Postal Applications

January 27, 2016

With immediate effect, frequent visitors to South Africa who are not from visa exempt/visa waiver countries and who are travelling for business, tourism or academic purposes may be granted multiple-entry Port of Entry Visas valid for up to two or three…

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SOUTH AFRICA: Home Affairs Committee Urges Compliance with Visa Regulations

January 5, 2016

The South African committee on Home Affairs have released a statement urging visitors to the country to familiarise themselves with their immigration rules and regulations before travelling. The committee released a statement stating; "We would like to urge potential visitors from…

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SOUTH AFRICA: New Visa Services Provider for UK Residents

August 21, 2015

As of Friday 7th August 2015, VFS Global are now the providers for visa services to UK residents who require visas for South Africa. Whilst all submissions were previously done via the South African High Commission in London, they have now…

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SOUTH AFRICA: Workers Now Able to Study Part Time

June 16, 2015

Since 1st May 2015, work and business visa holders in South Africa have been permitted to study part-time at registered universities and colleges. Previously workers would be required to apply for additional permissions to study whilst working, however under the new guidelines…

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