South Africa – No More Hardcopy South African Police Clearance Certificates for In-Country Applications

Posted on December 15, 2017

  Effective December 31, 2017, the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) of South Africa will automate the process of checking a foreign national’s South African criminal record, so that it will no longer be necessary to apply for a hardcopy… Read more »


South Africa – Update on Transfers Valid Temporary Residence Visas

Posted on August 28, 2017

As previously reported, the Department of Home Affairs recently announced that it was no longer honoring or transferring valid Temporary Residence Visas endorsed in expired passports.  However the South African government has decided to put this action on hold. Foreign… Read more »


South Africa – The Department of Home Affairs Will No Longer Honor or Transfer Valid Temporary Residence Visas Endorsed in Expired Passports

Posted on August 28, 2017

South Africa – The Department of Home Affairs Will No Longer Honor or Transfer Valid Temporary Residence Visas Endorsed in Expired Passports Effective January 2017, the Department of Home Affairs (DHS) of South Africa will no longer honor Temporary Residence… Read more »


South Africa – Launch of Automated Police Clearance Postponed

Posted on October 7, 2016

As previously reported, the Department of Home Affairs in South Africa announced foreign nationals would no longer need to apply for a South African police clearance certificate at a police station, if applying in country.  However, the launch of the… Read more »


South Africa – Police Clearance Certificate Alternative Announced For Some In-Country Applications

Posted on September 30, 2016

Beginning October 1, the Department of Home Affairs in South Africa announced foreign nationals would no longer need to apply for a South African police certificate at a police station, if filing in country, for a temporary residence visa or… Read more »


South Africa – Changes to Start Date of Visa Validity

Posted on September 15, 2016

Effective August 1, the temporary resident visa validity date has been changed from how it was previously calculated.  To simplify the process, the visa validity period will now be specified in the visa application form.  The visa will be issued… Read more »


South Africa – Proposed Immigration Policies

Posted on July 1, 2016

The South African Department of Home Affairs released a proposed immigration policy to revamp its outdated immigration strategies.  The proposed strategies are open to public comment until September 30th, in which a new set of detailed immigration policies will be… Read more »


SOUTH AFRICA – New Extended Visitor Visa and Postal Applications

Posted on February 2, 2016

Effective immediately, established, frequent visitors to South Africa who are not from visa exempt/visa waiver countries and who are travelling for business, tourism or academic purposes may be granted multiple-entry Port of Entry Visas valid for up to two or… Read more »


SOUTH AFRICA – South African Missions in India Experiencing Processing Delays

Posted on November 9, 2015

The South African Mission in Mumbai, India has been experiencing major processing delays of work permit applications for the past two months due to the absence of the Mission’s adjudicator. The South African Mission in New Delhi has been helping… Read more »


SOUTH AFRICA – Visa Application Process Amended & Travel Rules for Minors Clarified

Posted on November 9, 2015

The immigration guidelines implemented in May 2014, have been amended by the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) in order to simplify visa application processes and to ensure compliance. Foreign nationals without a South African consular post in their country of… Read more »