Home Affairs Extends Expired Visas

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The validity of visas that expired during the lockdown has been extended. Home Affairs Minister, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi released a gazette explaining the extension. 


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The validity of visas that expired during the lockdown has been extended. Home Affairs Minister, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi released a gazette explaining the extension. 
The extension applies to short term visas, such as tourist visas, which were initially issued for a period of 90 days.
Those who hold short term visas will now have until 30 June 2021. After this date, short term visas will no longer be valid. 
Long term visas have also been extended to last an extra month after short term visas. 
“The validity of longer-term temporary visas, issued for three months to three years, is until 31 July 2021,” said the department.
“This means that visas that were lawfully issued and expired during the period of the lockdown are deemed to be valid until the end of June 2021 and 31 July 2021,” said the department. 
The grace period was initially meant to expire on 31 March 2021, but with this extension, visa holders will also be able to remain in the country until the extended visa expiry date. 
“Those wishing to be repatriated to their countries within this period can depart without being declared undesirable persons.”
However, the department has warned that the extension does not apply to people who entered South Africa from 15 March 2021. 
“The normal validity period of visas of people admitted into the country from 15 March 2021 applies,” the department added.  
Qualifying visa holders can renew their visas at www.vfsglobal.com/dha/southafrica before 31 July 2021.

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