UPDATE: The Department of Home Affairs has Approved an Extension of Temporary Concession in Respect of Foreign Nationals in Light of a Continued Backlog in Processing Outcomes on Waiver Applications, Visa Applications, and Appeal Applications

In response to the ongoing challenges with the visa and permitting backlog, the Department of Home Affairs has approved the extension of temporary measures to alleviate the impact on foreign nationals awaiting outcomes on waiver, visa, and appeal applications. The following measures take immediate effect:

For applicants with pending waiver applications as of 30 November 2023, a further temporary extension until 30 June 2024 is granted. This allows the Department to process applications and enables applicants to collect outcomes and submit appropriate visa applications. Those choosing to abandon waiver applications can exit South Africa before or on 30 June 2024 without being declared undesirable. Visa holders awaiting waiver application outcomes can exit and re-enter at a port of entry until 30 June 2024 without being declared undesirable. However, non-visa exempt applicants traveling with a waiver application receipt need to apply for a port of entry visa.

For applicants with pending long-term visa applications as of 30 November 2023, there’s a further temporary extension until 30 June 2024. Visa holders in this category are granted an extension of their current visa status. While they are not allowed to engage in activities beyond the visa conditions, those who wish to abandon their visa applications can exit at a port of entry before or on 30 June 2024 without being declared undesirable. Visa holders awaiting long-term visa application outcomes can exit and re-enter at a port of entry until 30 June 2024 without being declared undesirable. However, non-visa exempt applicants traveling with a long-term visa application receipt are required to apply for a port of entry visa for re-entry into South Africa.

For short-term visa holders issued for 90 days or less until 30 November 2023, who have applied for renewal but not received their renewal outcome by 23 February 2024, departure arrangements must be made on or before 29 February 2024 to avoid being declared undesirable.

These measures apply only to legally admitted foreign nationals in South Africa and are applicable to applicants who submitted an application via VFS Global on or before 30 November 2023.

CLICK HERE to read the full official document on the extension of these temporary measures.

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