GEORGE NEWS - Zimbabweans living in South Africa must apply online for their new permits.
Only with the completion of the online application for their Zimbabwe Special Permits (ZSP), will they be provided with a date to visit their nearest Visa & Permit Facilitation (VFS) office from November.
This information came to light after Hein Stroebel, director of Executive Immigration, provided the George Herald with some valuable tips for Zimbabweans who have to apply for new permits.
Applicants must not visit the Department of Home Affairs, but go to their nearest VFS office.The permits will only expire in December 2017, and cost R870.
"The fee can be paid with a debit or credit card, when they go for their appointment at the VFS offfice," said Stroebel.
In the Western Cape their are two VFS offices - in George and in Cape Town. The address for the VFS office in George is Unit 5, Royal Eagle Building, 5 Progress Street. The toll free number for VFS Global is 012 425 3000 (operational hours – 08:00 to 12:00; 13:00 to 17:00), or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Altogether, ten VFS offices have been established to process the ZSP applications. They are in Gauteng (Midrand), Western Cape (Cape Town), Limpopo (Polokwane), Kwazulu-Natal (Durban), George, Port Elizabeth, Kimberley, Bloemfontein, Nelspruit and Rustenburg. These centres will only start to process the applications for the ZSP in about a month's time, from 1 November.
Tips to remember
When applicants completed their online application, they must print a copy of the application with the date of their appointment at the VFS office. This will be handed in at the VFS office once they go for their appointment.
According to Stroebel it is advised to also provide the office with a South African Police Clearance Certificate that has been issued within the last six months. "People can wait for these certificates for anything from six to eight weeks," said Stroebel. "However, one of the requirements when one applies for the Zimbabwe Special Permit is a clear criminal record. We have found that it is often necessary to provide these certificates, even if it is not specifically asked for."
"Remember to print out your check list, and make sure you have everything ready - that includes affidavits from possible employers, or tertiary institution, or your business's registration papers."
Applicants are advised to have the following ready when they go for their appointments: Original passport; Current or expired DZP permit; A certified copy of your passport; Print out of your online application and date given for the appointment; South African Police Clearance Certificate.