Home Affairs Minister Aaron Motsoaledi has issued directions to extend the validity period of legally issued visas, which expired during the lockdown period, to 31 October 2020.
The directions extend the initial validity period which was initially 31 July 2020. This means all lawfully issued visas, which expired on or after 15 February and during the period of the lockdown, are deemed to be valid until the end of October 2020.
Holders of such visas are permitted to remain in the country under the conditions of their visas. Those who wish to be repatriated to their countries within this period can depart without being declared undesirable persons.
The refugee reception offices throughout the country remain closed, however, VFS offices are open only by appointment for collection of outcomes on applications which were made before the lockdown.
Minister Motsoaledi has also invited the public and stakeholders to make written comments on the South African Citizenship Act Draft Amendment Regulations that were published on 24 July 2020 in the Gazette.
Written submissions can be sent to Tsietsi.Sebelemetja@dha.gov.za at the Legal Services Division on or before 30 August 2020.
Enquiries on the Draft Regulations can be directed to Adv Tsietsi Sebelemetja at (012) 406 4271.