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Final call for ZEP holders to change to mainstream visas

Posted by Sue-Allan Mehl

If you are a ZEP holder and have not submitted your mainstream visa application yet, this reminder is for you.

ZEP holders only have until 30 June 2023 to change to a mainstream visa in terms of the South African immigration law and if not, they unfortunately have to depart from this beautiful country or look into another alternative such as asylum seeker status or refugee status (which might really not be the best option).

We therefore urge these individuals to submit their applications as soon as possible as there is, currently, NO alternative dispensation programme for a stay in South Africa.

If you qualify for a critical skills work visa, please submit your application urgently. If you obtain your critical skills work visa, we recommend applying for permanent residence immediately should you qualify for same. This same recommendation is for those individuals who qualify for spousal visas and/or other visas.

If you don’t qualify for the above-mentioned, please still try a waiver for a general work visa.

A friendly reminder that if you lived in South Africa for the last 5 years and longer, you do not require a police clearance from your home country anymore – only a clearance from South Africa which you can apply for at VFS on day of submission. Furthermore, the requirement of a radiological report has also been waived by the Department of Home Affairs.

Should you require any further information regarding the change from ZEP to a mainstream visa, please reach out to us via our Contact Form on www.movingsouthimmigration.com. Alternatively, we can be contacted on +2773 5357 534 or [email protected]


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