Exemption for Visa Backlogs Extended

Frustrated about long processing times for local applications? Due to a number of factors, applications made in South Africa are currently taking extraordinarily long to be finalised, sometimes up to a year or longer. In recognition of this, the Minister allowed those who (entered the country legally and) applied for a waiver or for temporary residence visa (any category) to continue their activities as per their last visas, OR leave the country without being declared undesirable. Those awaiting long-term visas can return as visitors to collect their outcomes. As per decision of April, this permission was given until 30 June 2022, and at the end of June, it was extended until 30 September 2022. Although not a satisfactory solution, at least this brings some relief to aggrieved parties.

As per usual, you are welcome to contact our team with any questions you may have.