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Temporary Residence Visa Applications /
Permanent Resident Permit Applications

  • There are a variety of visas an individual can apply for in order to secure temporary residence in South Africa.
  • The different categories of temporary residence visas are set out below:
    - Visitor’s visa
    - Work visa: General Work Visa, Critical Skills Visa and Intra - Company Transfer Visa
    - Business Visa
    - Corporate Visa
    - Volunteer Visa
    - Crew Visa
    - Study Visa
    - Exchange Visa
    - Retirement Visa
    - Relative Visa
    - Medical Treatment Visa
    - Life Partner Visa
    - Spouse Visa
  • If you wish to reside in South Africa on an indefinite permanent basis, then you are advised to apply for a permanent residence permit. There are various specific permanent residence permit categories that an Applicant can fall under. Those categories can be divided into two groups:
    - Applications made on the basis of “Direct Residence”
    - Applications based on “Other Grounds”
  • Please do not hesitate to contact our offices, or use the form below, enlist our services to assist with your temporary residence visa application or permanent resident permit application.

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Overstay Appeals

  • A foreigner that has overstayed his/her visa in South Africa may be declared undesirable and issued with a declaration of undesirability (Form 19) upon their departure from South Africa.
    - If you have overstayed your visa by less than 30 days, you will be declared undesirable for a period of 12 months (Regulation 27(3)(a))
    - If you have overstayed for a second time within a 24 month period, you will be declared undesirable for a period of 2 years (Regulation 27(3)(b))
    - If you have overstayed by more than 30 days, you will be declared undesirable for a period of 5 years (Regulation 27(3)(c))
  • In order to uplift your undesirable status an overstay appeal has to be submitted to the Department of Home Affairs. It should further be noted that the ban received will not automatically lapse and one would still be required to obtain a waiver letter from the Department of Home Affairs to confirm that all restrictions placed against your name have been removed.
  • Contact our firm using the form below to enlist our services to assist with the drafting and submission of an overstay appeal or to request a waiver letter from the Department of Home Affairs once your ban has lapsed.

VFS Appeal

  • If an Applicant’s temporary residence visa application or appeal, alternatively permanent resident visa application or appeal have been rejected and incorrectly adjudicated then the Applicant will have a choice to appeal the decision within a period of 10 (ten) working days in terms of regulation 8(4) of the Immigration Act and thereafter regulation 8(6) of the Immigration Act.
  • The Appeals are submitted to the Department of Home Affairs via a VFS office.
  • Please do not hesitate to contact our offices, or use the form below, enlist our services to assist with the appeal process.


Authorisation Applications

  • If you have overstayed your visa and want to be legalised within South Africa then one can submit an authorisation application at your local Department of Home Affairs. The purpose of such an application is to obtain a Form 20 (letter of good cause), which authorises you to submit a visa application from within South Africa notwithstanding the fact that your previous visa has already expired.
  • The two main requirements are: - You need to prove that you have failed to apply for a visa/renew your current visa for reasons beyond your own control; and
    - You need to show that you are now in a position to apply for such a visa.
  • Please do not hesitate to contact our offices, or use the form below, to enlist our services to assist with the drafting and submission of an authorisation application.

Prohibited Appeal

  • In terms of section 29 of the Immigration Act read with regulation 26, prohibited persons do not qualify to gain entry into South Africa for an indefinite period of time. Prohibited persons include persons that are found in possession of a fraudulent visa, passport, permanent resident permit or identification document.
  • The Director-General may, however, for good cause, declare a person not to be a prohibited person.
  • The factors that will be taken into account are:
    - The reasons for prohibition;
    - The seriousness of the offence committed; and
    - Representations made by the prohibited person, which should include a police clearance certificate.
  • In order to uplift your undesirable status a prohibited appeal has to be submitted to the Department of Home Affairs within a period of 10 working days.
  • Please do not hesitate to contact our offices, or use the form, to enlist our services to assist with the drafting and submission of a prohibited appeal.

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