South Africa – 7 Countries added to Visa Free Travel

Posted on August 9, 2019

The Department of Home Affairs has added seven more countries to the list of 175 already visa free travel to South Africa.  These countries include Cuba, Ghana, New Zealand, Qatar, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, and the United Kingdom…. Read more »


South Africa – Change of status allowed for spouses and children of South African and Permanent Residence holders

Posted on July 8, 2019

Effective June 28, 2019, spouses and children of South African citizens and Permanent Residence holders may change their status from Visitor to any other category from within the country. Regulation 9(9)(a) that had prevented spouses and children from changing status… Read more »


South Africa – Department of Home Affairs Restricts Short-Term Work to 180 Days Per Calendar Year

Posted on July 1, 2019

The Department of Home Affairs (DHA) has issued a directive internally and to the South African diplomatic missions, restricting short-term work on a Visitor’s Visa 11(2) to a maximum of 180 days per calendar year. Background Section 11(2) of the… Read more »


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 »