All expatriates currently in South Africa, and whose visas are due to expire or has expired since 1 December 2019, are advised to apply for the extensions of their visas, within South Africa to ensure that they remain compliant.
Foreign nationals with professional work visas that are due to expire and/or have already expired, such as Intra Company Transfer Work Visas or Short-Term Visas and that usually requires a trip back to their home country for reapplication, may now apply for the renewal of same within South Africa for an extended period.
Some of these renewals are normally not allowed in South Africa; but during the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent announcements of travel bans and a lockdown, these are extraordinary times and special dispensations have been made available to assist.
While applications cannot be filed during lockdown we encourage employers to use the time to prepare these applications and book an appointment to ensure applications can be filed as soon as possible after the lockdown has been lifted.
We expect an influx of applications once the lockdown is uplifted and some advance planning will ensure you are ahead of the rush.