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Residence Affairs extends non permanent visa concession

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Residence Affairs extends non permanent visa concession


Only a day after being sworn in, the brand new Minister of Residence Affairs, Dr Leon Schreiber, has prolonged the non permanent concession for overseas nationals who’re at the moment awaiting the result of visa, waiver and attraction functions.

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The extension safeguards candidates, together with those that are contributing to South Africa by means of their scarce expertise, from struggling adversarial penalties or being erroneously declared undesirable whereas they await the result of functions submitted to the division.

The processing of a few of these functions has been delayed because the division works on lowering backlogs.

Whereas the division has made progress on this regard since its earlier communication on the matter, there may be nonetheless a backlog in numerous visa and allow classes and Schreiber has now moved to guard candidates whereas the backlog is lowered.

“The choice to avert adversarial penalties for candidates who search to acquire lawful visas with a purpose to contribute to South Africa, both by means of their expertise or as vacationers, indicators the Minister’s dedication to enhancing the visa system to make South Africa a extra engaging vacation spot for worldwide funding, tourism and job creation,” the Division of Residence Affairs mentioned in a press release.

Schreiber was appointed because the Minister of Residence Affairs by President Cyril Ramaphosa in an handle to the nation on Sunday. The President’s handle was adopted by a swearing-in ceremony of the Deputy President Paul Mashatile and Cupboard members of the Authorities of Nationwide Unity (GNU) on Wednesday.

In its assertion on Thursday, the division mentioned that whereas it’s going to take time to attain this imaginative and prescient in full, the choice to increase the non permanent concession serves as a sign of intent to “reinvigorate the Division of Residence Affairs and place it as a significant financial enabler.”

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“With the intention to construct confidence on this new method, Minister Schreiber additional commits to avoiding a repeat of the present scenario that has seen the earlier concession expire previous to the extension being introduced.”

As well as, whereas the division is dedicated to eradicating the backlog as quickly as doable, the Minister has undertaken that any additional extension, modification or modification to the phrases of those concessions will probably be communicated in writing previous to the brand new expiry date of 31 December 2024.

The next non permanent measures will apply with instant impact.

Candidates whose waiver utility outcomes are nonetheless pending:

Visa holders who’ve utilized for a waiver and the waiver utility continues to be pending as at 30 June 2024, are granted an extra non permanent extension till 31 December 2024 to allow the division to course of the functions, for candidates to gather their outcomes, and to submit functions for applicable visas.

Those that want to abandon their waiver functions and depart from South Africa, will probably be allowed to exit at a port of entry earlier than or on 31 December 2024 with out being declared undesirable when it comes to part 30(1)(h) of the Immigration Act, 2002 learn with regulation 27(3) of the Immigration Rules, 2014.

Visa holders who must journey, however are awaiting the result of a waiver utility, will probably be allowed to exit and re-enter at a port of entry as much as and together with 31 December 2024, with out being declared undesirable when it comes to part 30(1)(h) of the Immigration Act, 2002 learn with regulation 27(3) of the Immigration Rules, 2014.

Nevertheless, non-visa exempt candidates who journey in a foreign country with a waiver utility receipt are required to use for a port of entry visa which might permit them re-entry into South Africa.

Candidates whose visa functions are nonetheless pending:

Visa holders who’ve utilized for long-term visas (Customer’s Visas when it comes to part 11(1)(b) and 11(6) of the Immigration Act, 2002; Enterprise Visas, Research Visas, Relative’s Visas and Work Visas) and whose utility continues to be pending as at 30 June 2024, are granted an extra non permanent extension till 31 December 2024 of their present visa standing. Candidates should not allowed to interact in any exercise aside from what the visa situations present for.

Those that want to abandon their visa functions will probably be allowed to exit at a port of entry earlier than or on 31 December 2024 with out being declared undesirable when it comes to part 30(1)(h) of the Immigration Act, 2002 learn with regulation 27(3) of the Immigration Rules, 2014.

Visa holders who must journey however are awaiting the result of a long-term visa utility, will probably be allowed to exit and re-enter at a port of entry as much as and together with 31 December 2024, with out being declared undesirable when it comes to part 30(1)(h) of the Immigration Act, 2002 learn with regulation 27(3) of the Immigration Rules, 2014.

Nevertheless, non-visa exempt candidates who journey in a foreign country with a long-term visa utility receipt, are required to use for a port of entry visa which might permit them re-entry into South Africa.

Candidates whose visa attraction functions are nonetheless pending:

Visa holders who’ve appealed a detrimental determination on an utility for long-term visa (Customer’s Visas when it comes to part 11(1)(b) and 11(6) of the Immigration Act, 2002: Enterprise Visas, Research Visas, Relative’s Visas and Work Visas) are granted a short lived extension till 31 December 2024 of the present visa standing. Candidates should not allowed to interact in any exercise aside from what the visa situations present for.

Those that want to abandon their visa attraction functions and depart from South Africa, will probably be allowed to exit at a port of entry earlier than or on 31 December 2024 with out being declared undesirable when it comes to part 30(1)(h) of the Immigration Act, 2002 learn with regulation 27(3) of the Immigration Rules, 2014.

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Visa attraction candidates who must journey however are awaiting the result of an attraction utility for a long-term visa, will probably be allowed to exit and re-enter at a port of entry as much as and together with 31 December 2024, with out being declared undesirable when it comes to part 30(1)(h) of the Immigration Act, 2002 learn with regulation 27(3) of the Immigration Rules, 2014.

All attraction candidates are required to provide a duplicate of the rejection letter with a receipt for the attraction utility on departure and re-entry into South Africa.

Non-visa exempt attraction candidates who journey in a foreign country with an attraction utility receipt, are required to use for a port of entry visa which might permit them re-entry into South Africa.

Quick time period visa holders issued when it comes to part 11(1)(a)

Quick time period visa holders issued when it comes to part 11(1)(a) of the Immigration Act, 2002 for 90 days or much less, who’ve utilized for a renewal, however haven’t acquired their visa renewal end result, should make the mandatory preparations to depart from South Africa inside 90 calendar days from the date of expiry of the principal visa, to keep away from being declared undesirable.

The latter concession is in keeping with the provisions of part 11(1)(a) of the Immigration Act, 2002 which limits the length of sojourn for visiting functions to a complete of 180 days.

The non permanent concession applies solely to overseas nationals who’ve been legally admitted into South Africa.

This concession can also be solely relevant to candidates who’ve submitted their functions through VFS World and who can produce a verifiable receipt for such utility in opposition to the VFS World monitoring system.

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