Visas That Expired During Lockdown Valid Until End Of Year

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 The Department of Home Affairs has announced the extension of the validity of visas and asylum permits that expired during the Covid-19 lockdown to 31 December 2021.


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The Department of Home Affairs has announced the extension of the validity of visas and asylum permits that expired during the Covid-19 lockdown.
The date has now been extended to 31 December 2021.
Home affairs also announced that they will be resuming applications for Identification documents and passport applications. This will now enable people who have lost their IDs or are using temporary ID documents to apply for smart ID cards. They say IDs will be ready for collection after 13 days.
In a statement released by the Department of Home Affairs it says that the extension will also apply to people who applied for waivers in terms of section 31(2)(c) of the Immigration Act, 2002 and holders of asylum seeker visas/permits or refugee status.
Asylum seekers and refugees can continue to renew their documentation online.
The Department said “As of 8 September 2021, the department has extended 24 333 Section 24 (refugee status) and 69 185 Section 22 (asylum seeker permits) through the online platform since it was activated in April 2021. A total of 93 518 asylum seeker permits and refugee status had been extended online.”
The extensions listed above do not apply to people who entered South Africa from 15 March 2021.
Speaking in August, Home Affairs Minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi announced that purpose built offices are in the advanced stages of construction in Mokopane and Thohoyandou in Limpopo. He added another office is being completed in Taung in the North West.
Motsoaledi also announced that the department will be purchasing 10 additional mobile units or ‘Home affairs on Wheels. This will be added to the current fleet of 100 units. These mobile units are equipped with ‘V-SAT’ (satellites) that allow them to work in remote locations around the country.
These developments are currently being undertaken to improve the accessibility of the services offered by Home Affairs in South Africa.

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