Following a new Immigration Directive released recently, foreigners are no longer required to submit a South African police clearance certificate in order to extend or renew their visas in South Africa.
As part of the on-going effort to improve the efficiency of the visa application process, the new directive replaces the requirement for a South African police clearance certificate with a biometric background check, which will be conducted at VFS centres upon submission of the application.
Applicants will be charged an additional R 175 for this service, which will be implemented from 1 October 2016. For the time being, this service will only be available for the renewal or extension of existing visas, and not for new visa applications or permanent residence applications. The requirement to submit foreign police clearance certificates will remain unchanged.