GREAT NEWS!! Holders of Zimbabwean Exemption Permits (ZEP) have received a grace period of six (6) months and until 30 June 2023 to lodge their applications for a mainstream visa or a waiver within South Africa! This decision comes after a recommendation for it was made by the Departmental Advisory Committe ("DAC").
Prior to this announcement, ZEP holders had until 31 December 2022 to change to mainstream visas.
We are sure this news is greatly welcomed by all the ZEP holders who are not yet able and ready to lodge their applications at VFS due to unforeseen circumstances.
Although the Department of Home Affairs is committed to afford these ZEP holders the extended opportunity to lodge their applications, we urge these applicants to submit their visa applications as soon as possible and not wait until the 11th hour to do so.
Another gentle reminder that an original Zimbabwean police clearance must be submitted with the mainstream visa application - therefore apply and obtain your Zimbabwean police clearance as soon as possible.
We look forward to being of assistance!