Where certain requirements cannot be fulfilled, a special application request may be considered by the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) when submitted in terms of section 31(2)(c) of the Immigration Act, 2002, as amended.

A special application is thus a formal written request to the DHA to set aside certain prescribed requirements for a visa in any given category. This means that companies and/or individuals may, for good cause, be exempted from certain prescribed requirements.