Following the outbreak of the coronavirus in South Africa and the declaration of a national disaster, you may be facing uncertainty and feeling a bit anxious about the status of your visa. Here’s everything you need to know about what to do about visa renewals during this uncertain time.
VFS application centres are closed due to the nationwide lockdown to help stop the spread of the coronavirus. All appointments booked between the 26th of March and the 16th of April 2020, will be re-scheduled. Furthermore, those who expire during the lockdown period will be given the opportunity to renew their visas once the lockdown is over and do so without needing to provide a Letter of Good Cause (Form 20).
Prior to the coronavirus outbreak, the average processing times were 8-12 weeks. With current closures as a result of lockdown, there will be backlogs experienced at Home Affairs head office. Once the lockdown is over, VFS Global will also experience an influx of new applications so delays are to be expected going forward. Due to expected delays, it’s best that submission is done 6 months prior to expiry.
Where applications are being processed, applicants will be in a position to make the required arrangements in order to proceed with travel to South Africa as soon as the travel bans have been uplifted. Again, it is therefore imperative that applications are not delayed but filed (where permitted) as soon as possible as we expect an influx of applications once the travel bans are uplifted and some advance planning will ensure you are ahead of the rush.
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