Home affairs minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi has extended the validity period of legally issued visas which expired during the lockdown period.
The new expiration date for short-term visas, such as tourist visas, is now 30 September 2021.
The validity period of longer-term temporary visas issued for three months to three years which expired during the lockdown has also been extended until 30 September 2021, the minister said
Directions communicating these amendments, in line with the national state of disaster regulations, will be gazetted by 30 June 2021.
“This means that visas or permits of holders who have not departed South Africa since the announcement of the national state of disaster in March 2020, and arrived with a valid visitor’s visa between December 2019 and 14 March 2021, are deemed to be valid until the end of September 2021,” the Department of Home Affairs said.
“Holders of such visas are permitted to remain in the country under the conditions of their visas until the expiry of their applicable extension. Those wishing to be repatriated to their countries within this period can depart without being declared undesirable persons.”
The department said that the extension does not apply to people who entered the country on or after 15 March 2021 and that the normal validity period of visas of people admitted into the country from this date still applies.
Holders of longer-term temporary visas, issued for 90 days up to three years, such as study visa, treaty visa, business visa, medical treatment visa, relatives’ visas, general work visa, critical skills work visa, retired person’s visa and exchange visa, which expired during the state of national disaster can renew their visas here.
SA is experiencing a critical shortage of ICT specialists / IT Professionals across a wide spectrum of IT occupational categories within the Information, Communication & Technology (ICT) and Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) specialization fields.
IT Professionals with Critical Skills currently in high demand in the RSA include but are not limited to:
- Solution Architects in Telecom & ICT
- Integrated Developers (PHP, Pearl, Java, SAP)
- System Integration Specialists
- Enterprise Architects
- Software Development Engineers
- Quality Analysts
PABC can assist critically skilled IT professionals in obtaining Critical Skills Work Visa (1 – 5 year Work Visa) for South Africa and who can add critical skills to the SA ICT and BPO specialisation fields
NEWS FLASH - PABC assists foreign spouses & children of SA Citizens / SA Permanent Residents to convert to appropriate Visa from within the RSA.
Good News : Foreign Spouses & Foreign Children of SA Citizens or SA Permanent Residents who are on valid Visitors Visa can now apply from WITHIN SOUTH AFRICA to change to the appropriate Relatives (Spouse) Visa or Relatives (Dependent) Visa in addition to being eligible to apply for a Dual Spousal and Work Visa.
- If you are a foreign national whose Temporary Residence Visa including Visitors Visa (holiday, business or medical treatment purposes) has expired immediately prior to or during the lockdown period whilst you have been in South Africa, not to worry …
- PABC is open for business and is currently accepting and processing requests for extensions of Visa which have expired during Lockdown as is allowed by enabling legislation.
- Indeed, Expired Visa applicants with related enquiries are urged to contact AK Pinnacle during the lockdown period to timeously process & prepare extensions of expired Visa to be lodged immediately upon the lifting of the lockdown
Besides assisting clients to extend their Visa which has expired during the COVID-19 lockdown, PABC is also fully prepared during the COVID-19 lockdown period to assist existing as well as new clients in applying to extend their current Temporary Residence Visa – preferably at least 60 days prior to the expiry date of their existing valid Visa.
Persons who are the holders of valid Temporary Residence Visa and the following Temporary Visa, in particular, are eligible to apply for extension of their South African Temporary Residence Visa from within South Africa.
Qualifying Eligible Foreign Nationals who may apply for Visa Extensions from within South Africa:
- Visitors Visa
Qualifying applicants holding a valid Visitors Visa for holiday or business purposes ;
- Study Visa
Qualifying applicants holding a valid Study Visa with any registered primary / elementary, secondary or tertiary institution in South Africa ;
- Work Visa
Qualifying applicants holding a valid Work Visa – including all categories of Work Visa such as Critical Skills Work Visa, General Work Visa & 2 Year Intra-Company Transfer Work Visa ;
- Own Business Self Employment Visa
Qualifying applicants holding a valid Own Business Visa who have invested a minimum of R 5 million contribution as part of the book value of the business and who have at least 5 SA Citizens as permanent employees.
- Retired Person Visa
Qualifying applicants holding a valid Retired Person Visa and who receive a regular monthly income in excess of the minimum prescribed amount of R 37 000 per month derived from either property rental income or alternatively a pension fund, retirement annuity or retirement fund account ;
- Relatives Visa - Spouse
Qualifying applicants holding a valid Relatives Visa (Spouse) where the foreign national is married to or in a Permanent Life Partnership relationship with a SA Citizen or SA Permanent Resident.
- Relatives Visa - Parents & Children
Qualifying applicants holding a valid Relatives Visa (Dependent) where the dependent children or dependent major parents accompany and reside with a SA Citizen or SA Permanent Resident.
- Volunteer / Voluntary Server Visa
Qualifying applicants holding a valid Voluntary Server Visa who are performing continued Voluntary Service at any NGO or other charitable or religious organization within the RSA.