A Special Dispensation for Lesotho citizens, similar to the one already in place for citizens of Zimbabwe, has been approved and is earmarked to come into force on 1 February 2016. With immediate effect and until the end of 2016, no Lesotho citizens will be deported from South Africa or declared undesirable when leaving South Africa.

An amnesty for any fraudulently obtained documents such as visas, permits, passports or ID documents, will apply. If you or any of your employees are citizens of Lesotho and in any way not fully regularized in South Africa, this option should be strongly considered.

Zimbabwean citizens who are holders of valid ZSP permits, will be able to use VFS' Online Transfer and Rectification process for the Zimbabwean Special Dispensation Permit (ZSP), commencing on 15 December 2015 at all 12 Visa Facilitation Centers, nationwide. Details of this process will become available soon.