An illegal foreigner whose permit has expired, but who has never been arrested for the purpose of deportation or ordered to depart South Africa may apply to the Director-General for authorization to remain in the country while seeking to adjust their status. This person is required to demonstrate that they failed to apply for status adjustment in time for reasons beyond their control and show that they are now able to do so. As soon as a decision is made on the application for status adjustment, the Director-General’s authorization allowing the illegal foreigner to remain in South Africa pending the application process.
This process may take 8 months to complete and, in some cases, even longer.
If you have been endorsed for overstaying your visa and would like to appeal, we can assist you with the upliftment process.