Merry Christmas and a happy new year 2018

The IBN Team wishes a merry Christmas and a happy new year 2018. We would like to extend our very best wishes for a happy holiday season. Thank you for your valued support during 2017 and we look forward to connecting with you in 2018 again.

** PLEASE NOTE THAT OUR OFFICE WILL BE CLOSED FOR THE FESTIVE PERIOD FROM 23 DECEMBER 2017 UNTIL 07 JANUARY 2018. WE WILL RESUME NORMAL OFFICE HOURS ON 08 JANUARY 2018.

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Very important change of South African police clearance certificate (PCC) process

Very important change of South African police clearance certificate (PCC) process

From January 2018 you will need to get your police clearance certificate (PCC) done at the VFS centres and the certificates delivered by the SA police services will no longer be accepted.

This applies to applications for both temporary and permanent residence permits.

Very important change of South African police clearance certificate (PCC) process

The good news is that it is a very simple process:

all you need to do is request the relevant form (for police clearance certificate) from the consultant at VFS,

which you then will dully complete and sign and add to your application;

no fingerprints required, just the usual biometrics.

The cost of the process is ZAR175., to be paid at the VFS centre at the time of submission. Continue reading

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‘Enter on or before’ date on your visa is not an expiry date

Contrary to popular belief, the ‘Enter on or before’ date on your visa is not an expiry date

There is a difference between visas issued within South Africa and visas issued in foreign countries. Visas issued in South Africa have an official expiry date that says VISA EXPIRY DATE. Visas issued outside South Africa has a section where is says ‘enter on or before’.

One should pay close attention to the ‘enter on or before’ date. This date is not your visa’s expiry date but the latest date at which you should have entered South Africa to activate your visa.

When entering South Africa, you will be issued with an entry stamp, and that entry stamp will hold your official visa expiry date.

The immigration officer at the airport issues this stamp with a ‘VALID UNTIL’ date. This date will be the date of entry plus the duration of your visa.

If you have a 3 year visa it will be the date 36 months from your date of entry.

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New Zimbabwean Exemption Permit (ZEP)

New Zimbabwean Exemption Permit (ZEP)

The Minister of Home Affairs, Hlengiwe Mkhize announced the closure of the Zimbabwean Special Permit (ZSP) and the opening of the new Zimbabwean Exemption Permit (ZEP) on the 08th of September 2017.

The new Zimbabwean Exemption Permit (ZEP) grants Zimbabweans the right to continue working, studying or conducting their own business in South Africa for a further four (4) years.

The ZEP’s will be issued from 01st January 2018 until 31st December 2021.

Depending on the purpose of their stay, the applicants are required to be in possession of a valid Zimbabwean passport and proof of either employment, business or study.

How to apply:

Applications will open on 15 September through the VFS center.

The administrative fee of the application is R 1090.

From 1  October 2017 all Applicants need to schedule an appointment first with VFS and submit fingerprints as well as necessary supporting documents. Please note: Applicants will need to submit:

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