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ZEP holders receive extension YET AGAIN until 31 December 2023 to change to mainstream visas!

JUST IN!! All holders of Zimbabwean Exemption Permits (ZEP) have received yet another grace period of six (6) months and until 31 December 2023 to lodge their applications for a mainstream visa or a waiver within South Africa!

Prior to this announcement, ZEP holders had until 30 June 2023 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. There might not be another extension after this one.

The Department further advised all relevant stakeholders in terms of immigration and civic services that no holder of a valid ZEP may be arrested, declared undesirable, deported or detained for any reason related to the holder not having a valid ZEP in his or her passport.

If you are not sure which visa you qualify for, please feel free to reach out to us on or alternatively contact us on +2773 5357 534 or

We look forward to being of assistance!


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