Long waiting time to get the repatriation fee back

Long waiting time to get the repatriation fee back

Foreigners who apply for certain types of temporary permit or visas have to pay a repatriation fee, which has to be paid to the Department of Home Affairs.

The purpose of this cash deposit is the reassurance for the Republic that a foreigner can always return to his home country even if he has no available funds when this may be necessary. The amount of the repatriation fee is therefore fixed by the authorities but varies, depending on the home country of the applicant.

The applicant should get the repatriation fee back when he either leaves South Africa to return to his home country or upon approval of his permanent residence status. To do this, the original receipt for the payment is required; the authorities may otherwise not pay back the deposit.

After someone applied for a refund of the repatriation fee, there is no time frame how long he has to wait until he gets the money back.  The Department of Home Affairs says, that it’s going to take up to 2 month. But in truth it’s going to take much longer. People actually have to wait up to 1 year until they finally have the full amount of money back.

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  1. Abbey Cole

    Why must i pay about one hundred and ten thousand naira as a repatriation fee befor i can trevel to an africa country such as SA

    • admin

      Dear Abbey

      A repatriation fee is a security fee in case a foreign national needs to be deported to his home country. Once you obtain permanent residency in SA or leave SA permanently, you are allowed to claim this fee back.

      Unfortunately, if this fee is paid within South Africa, you can wait quite a long time to get the funds back. Best would be to apply for your permit and pay the said fee at the SA Consulate or Embassy in your home country to save time.

      • atilade

        I was granted SA visa last year but I couldn’t go because I lost my passport, so I would like to know how to claim the repatriation fee I paid then. I didn’t make any photocopy of the visa page but I have the photocopy of my passport page.
        Thank

      • ola tola

        pls where is the collection centre of this repatriation fee in lagos? Thanks

        • admin

          Dear Ola

          Thank you for your enquiry.

          I managed to get the following information for the South Africa High Comission , Nigeria

          24 Molade Okoya Thomas Street
          Victoria Island
          Lagos
          Nigeria
          Phone:
          +234-1-461-2067
          +234-1-461-2050
          +234-1-461-2065
          +234-1-461-2052
          +234-1-461-2054
          +234-1-262-4041
          +234-1-461-2981

          All the best

          Regards
          IBN Team

  2. haydee

    good day,
    will you be so kind of helping me on how to write this repatriation letter as i don’t have any idea on how to do it.thanks :)

    • admin

      Dear Haydee

      I have just sent an email to your yahoo address. All the best.

      • Karin G.

        Hello,
        Would you be able to send me details of the repatriation letter as well? Are there specific phrases that we should use? Also, is it okay if a family member signs it? Why do we need an additional letter if the employer signs a similar statement on the BI1738?

        • admin

          Hello Karin

          I will send you an email to your email address shortly, but to answer your question. It depends on the type of permit you are applying for.
          If the employer signs the repatriation guarantee, then no one else should have to sign it.

          Regards,
          Sue

          • moritz wrubel

            Dear Sue,

            I received my permanent residence yesterday and would like to claim back my Repatriation Fee of R7500.
            Would you be able to send me details of the repatriation letter?

            Looking forward hearing from you!
            Kindest Regards
            Moritz Wrubel
            moritz.wrubel@gmx.de
            071 400 88 67

          • admin

            Dear Moritz

            Congratulations on receiving your permanent residence. There are actually no specific details on how you must draft the letter, as long as the following details are on:

            - What amount you paid and when it was paid
            - When you obtained PR
            - A request to refund your repatriation fee

            Please ensure that you include a certified copy of your PR certificate, passport and PR permit in the application. Most importantly, please ensure that you include your original repatriation receipt issued to you by home affairs. You will be given a form, which your bank must complete.

            Kind Regards,

            Sue

      • Cornelius

        Dear admin

        Kindly also send a template for a repatriation letter to my email address.

        Thank you very much!

        • admin

          Dear Cornelius

          Thank you for your enquiry.

          Please refer to your inbox for my response.

          Thanks you.

          Regards

          Teri

  3. ikeh Cosmas

    Hi guys,pls i wnt 2knw how much is required of me,while traveln 2 South Africa on a visit

    • admin

      Good day Ikeh

      Kindly advise which country you’re from. The repatriation amount varies from country to country.

  4. Martins

    A repatriation fee is a security fee in case a foreign national needs to be deported to his home country. Once you obtain permanent residency in SA or leave SA permanently, you are allowed to claim this fee back.

    Unfortunately, if this fee is paid within South Africa, you can wait quite a long time to get the funds back. Best would be to apply for your permit and pay the said fee at the SA Consulate or Embassy in your home country to save time.

  5. Missy

    Thanks for this.

    I have been waiting for over 4 months for my repatriation guarantee to be refunded by the SA Department of Home Affairs, and I was starting to think it was a scam. My 2 children and I paid over R20 000 so it is not an amount I am prepared to write off!
    Is there any way to follow up with the Department once you submit your refund request?

    • admin

      Dear Missy

      Thank you for your email. Refunding of repatriation fees, in general, is a long procedure. So it is not unusual for you to wait that long. Best would be to continuously follow up at Home Affairs.

  6. Colin Lewis

    I have been granted a Retired Persons residence permit which allows me to stay here util March 2016. I have written to Home Affairs several times to ask if I can get this deposit back ZAR9460. I have had no reply. I intend to apply for permanent residency in August 2014. Am I entitled to this deposit back now. My visa allows for multiple entries.

    Thank you.. Colin Lewis

    • admin

      Dear Colin

      Many thanks for your enquiry. You can only apply for the reimbursement of a repatriation fee if you obtained permanent residence in South Africa, or if you left South Africa permanently.

      Regards,
      Sue

  7. I returned to Nigeria after my PhD in South Africa. Please, how do I get a refund of my repatriation fee.
    Thanks.

  8. Charlotte

    Hello,
    I paid my deposit to the London embassy and i have now returned early so had to send off my passport for visa to be cancelled. I now need the money and passport as I have to travel next week. Online it says 15 working days, does it usually come in that time?
    Thank you,
    Charlotte

    • admin

      Dear Charlotte

      The processing times of the Embassies varies unfortunately. If it says 15 working days, then it will be as such.

      Regards,

      Sue

  9. Please is it must that i pay the repatrition fee ?

  10. Is it must i will pay the repatrition fee.

  11. Is it must i pay the repatrition fee to get my visa to south africa ?

    • admin

      Hello Ibrahim

      Thank you for your enquiry. May I ask what kind of permit are you applying for? If it’s a work permit, your South African employer can also give a written undertaking to cover your costs for repatriation.

      Kind Regards,
      Sue

      • my friend is inviting me to south africa do i still need to pay the repatrition fee ?

        • admin

          Dear Ibrahim

          It all depends on the SA Embassy in your country. They might even just ask for a return flight ticket. You have to enquire with the SA Embassy that will deal with your visa application.

          Regards
          Sue

      • Clara

        Hi Sue
        Please can i have more detail about the lettrt from employer. will my employer have to pay or it is just a letter they write to me. aralc24@yahoo.co.uk

        • admin

          Hi Clara. The letter would be referred to as Declaration by Employer. It’s the very last page of the BI-1740 or BI-1738 application form.
          The same Declaration should be done on a company letterhead.

          Regards
          Sue

  12. wales

    Is it a must  me † pay a repatriation fee before I get a study visit visa † SA?d question is ‘is it a must † pay a repatriation fee?

  13. Joseph Paul

    I have a group of 7 university students from Osun State, Nigeria going on tour to Johannesburg. Will i have to pay repatriation fee to process their South African visas

  14. josh i

    Hi there
    i have over stayed my visitors permit by just over a month and after requesting an extension based on an extreme circumstance have been ordered to leave the country within 10 days. i have complied and been told that i may re – enter based on the fact that i pay a fine, i have also paid a repatriation fee under my fiances name and have been told that she can only claim this money once the home affairs have received an email from my south african embassy stating they have seen me being proof that i have officially left south africa. my question is does that sound right and also does it need to be the embassy of my country of origon . please help!!! thankyou

    • admin

      Good day Joshua

      Many thanks for your enquiry. That is correct yes. A repatriation fee can only be claimed back after the final departure of the applicant or when he/she obtained permanent residence in South Africa. This being said, Home Affairs will need proof that you left the country indeed. They are within their right to request confirmation from your SA Embassy in your country of origin or where you currently reside.

      I would also like to add that the waiting time to get your money back in South Africa is MINIMUM 6 months.

      Regards
      Sue

  15. I want to obtain a student visa 2 SA. Nd it was writtn in d slip of how 2 obtain d form dt u wil nt pay the repatriatn fee only if u av a citizen dat wil sponsor u in SA. Ma aunt is there nd she z ma sponsor. She z a citizen nd i av sent ha id no. Wil i stil av 2 pay d repatraitn fee?

  16. mac

    Greetings Sue
    i have a temporary study permit that is expiring this year and i would like to renew it for one year can you please help me with information regarding the application procedure and the renewal and also with regards to the repatriation fee do i have to pay again and also if you lost the original receipt is there anyway you could get it back..thanks

  17. Collins

    Good day, pls i entered SA with a visitors permit and lost my passport in the process of applying 4 a workpermit.I need to go back to my country and do another passport.1) will my repatriation be refunded after overstaying for eleven months? 2) would i be admitted to enter SA again if i collect another visa? i paid in lagos.thanks.

    • admin

      Hello Collins

      Many thanks for your email. Well, the first thing would be to get a statement at the police station, which I hope you have done already. With the statement, you’ll need to go to Home Affairs and have yourself legalized with an explanation and motivation of what happened. I am not quite sure whether they will forfeit your repatriation. It’s at Home Affairs’ discretion whether they will allow you back again, however, we would suggest you go voluntary to them, instead of them coming to you.

      Regards,
      Sue

  18. william

    Hello Sue, what if I’m being invited by my spouse who’s a citizen and may or may not come back, do I need to pay the repatriation fee? Again when and where during the course of travel is proof of payment required, seeing that you can make payment in home country as well as in South Africa?

  19. Karen Smallwood

    I applied for my SA visa while in Germany and moved to South Africa for one and a half years. I am now working in Canada and I would like to get my repatriation fee back. How do I do this? I still have the receipt from the embassy in Germany. Is this doable at any SA embassy or I have to go to Germany? Will the repayment be faster if the claim is done at the same office where I did my application (Germany)?

    • admin

      Dear Karen

      Normally you have to claim your repatriation fee back, at the office where you paid it. However, it’s best that you call the consular section in Germany to confirm.

      Regards
      Sue

  20. Jen Donnelly

    I have just returned from living in South Africa and would like to claim back my repatriation fee. I have emailed the SA embassy but had no response. How do I go about making my claim?

    Thanks

    • admin

      Dear Jen

      Many thanks for your enquiry. Best would be to pay a personal visit to the SA Embassy and present them with the following:

      - Original repatriation receipt
      - If you worked, a confirmation from your previous employer that you left your employment permanently.
      - They might ask you for a departure stamp.

      Regards,
      Sue

  21. bongekile

    Hi! I want to leave the country, and I would like to claim all the repatriation fees, I’ve ever paid, with home affairs! May you send me the guidlines of executing the procedure! Furthermore, I would like to know how possible is t, for me to get the money, as soon as possible

    • admin

      Hello Bongekile

      Where did you pay the repatriation fees? At the actual home affairs, or a Consulate / Embassy in your home country?
      Firstly, you need to have your original repatriation receipt, with the proof that you left the country permanently. The department will also issue you with a bank form, to be completed by the bank.
      Unfortunately the waiting time to get the repatriation fee is totally at the discretion of home affairs.

      Regards
      Sue

  22. bongekile

    I immigrated to S.A in 2005 , for study purposes! I ve been to various institutions within the county until last year when I graduated, I was using a study permit as per the requirement! Now when I desired to work within the country, I couldn’t get any assistance from home affairs! Now may I take the opprtunity to enquire about the possible and legal ways in which I can apply for a permanent residency, o any permit that will allow me to work legally in this country…please, I’m sure there is a possible way

  23. ibrahim

    I have been admitted for masters in south africa, Please would i pay repatriation,if yes, what is the recent repatriation fee for nigerians and can i pay it at the lagos embassy when submitting my application for study permit.

    • admin

      Dear Ibrahim

      Yes, you’ll have to pay a repatriation fee. The Embassy in Lagos will be able to give you the required amount. Please note upon payment of repatriation fee, you should be issued with a receipt. This receipt should be kept safe and in original form, otherwise you will not be able to claim it back once you leave SA permanently, or obtain permanent residence in South Africa.

      Regards

      Sue

  24. Britian

    Hi,
    I recieved my temporary visa in 2009 and paid a R6000 repairation fee. However I seem to have misplaced/lost my original reciept and would still like to reclaim the money. How would I go about reclaiming the fee without the orginal reciept, or is it unlikely/impossible to get the money back?

    • admin

      Dear Sir / Madam

      Many thanks for your enquiry. We suggest that you obtain an affidavit at your nearest police station explaining the lost original receipt.
      This can be submitted with a copy of your repatriation receipt.

      Regards,
      Sue

  25. Abdulqowiy

    Hello,
    pls how can i change my study visa to parmanent resident

    • admin

      Hello Abdul

      You have various bases to apply for permanent residence. Normally study visa is not one of them.
      You can apply for PR based on the following conditions:

      - Exceptional skills
      - 5 years work in South Africa
      - Retired
      - Proof of 5 year life partnership / marriage
      -Own business
      - Permanent offer of employment
      - 5 year proven and confirmed refugee status

      Regards,

      Sue

  26. Rotimi Wusu

    Hi,
    My family has a permanent residence now in SA and I will like to claim back my repatriation fee. I paid in Lagos Nigeria about 2 years ago.
    Kindly assist on how do i go about it.

    Thanks

    • admin

      Dear Rotimi

      You’ll have to apply for the repatriation fee from the SA Embassy in Lagos.
      Take the original repatriation receipt, issued by the Embassy, plus your original permanent residence certificates.
      Also ensure you have your banking details ready (preferably a confirmation letter from the bank), in case they transfer the money into your account.
      Some Embassies pay by cheque.

      Regards

      Sue

  27. Kunle

    I applied for a short stay visa to south africa and after 14-working days i got a cal from the vfs that the embassy has instructed me to make a deposit of 110thousand or else, the visa would be refused. Does that make any sense at al? Cos i got the cal on the 13th working day.

    • admin

      Dear Kunle

      The Embassy reserves the right to request a repatriation deposit. May I ask which country you are from?

      Regards,

      Sue

  28. Evalina van Wijk

    To whom it concern,
    I went to Nigeria in May 2012.I also paid the R6000 fee plus the visa money.
    Since the 9 th of may I experiences difficulties to get the money back.I did everything they said I must do to claim the money back-without success.Then I start writing many emails, made telephone calls to Pretoria, but each time the person in the office responsible for paying back the money have a different excuse why it take so long. In some of the mails I received very nasty comments/ responses.
    Although they reassure me that they not steal our money and that I must be patient , I am sick and tired of their inconsistent excuses- why must I beg them week after week to get my money back?I am at the point to lay a charge against the embassy for neglecting to pay my money back . Maybe they will then realised that they must stop messing with people, who diligently pay the R6000 in to their Standard bank accounts.

  29. sam

    Good day, I plan going to south africa embassy in abuja soon, to apply for study permit. Please, am I going to pay the repatriation fee in cash or through my bank card? Do I have to write any letter towards that? Lastly, what are the requirements for study permit. I’ve gotten an admission in TUT for my PHD program….thanks and God bless!

  30. kazeem

    Hello sir/ma my name is KAZEEM I am just back from south africa,but before i left i was told to pay a repatuation fee which i did but i just wanted to make a request if i can go to the south africa headquaters to claim my money back or must i wait until the whole month on the visa is due? please i need your urgent respond on this issue thank you so much

  31. Martins

    Good day please i need to know the requirement for student visa, i am my wife are planing to travel next month we have the admissions already please inbox me the requirements. Thank you.

  32. Pec

    What are d requirement of obtaining a visit visa,and what about if an invitation had been sent,what and how will i go about it.

  33. bubu cromwell olu

    Good day,
    Just finished my B.tech. in south african and will like to know how to go about collecting my repatration fees and also which working days do you attend to such issues?
    pls if there is an application that i should write send me a sample so that i can come to lagos 4 it immediately.
    kindest regards
    Bubu C.O

  34. paulo

    Recently,I ve been issued a 3 month multiple visiting visa to travel to southafrica with a condition that I will stay for one month;but I intend visiting swaziland for a week after spending one month in southafrica as per the visa condition and later re-entering southafrica again for another one and half month before finally going back to my country of origin which is nigeria;my worry is will I be able to get my repatriation fees back which I paid at the lagos embassy of souhafrica when I was issued the visa.pls I need an urgent responds.

  35. Sam

    Good day mam,
    I have been admitted to UFH for my PhD, and I’m just hearing about repatriation fee. Please, help me with the study visa requirements, any way around the repatriation fee because I’m on study leave and also I need 3yrs study permit but my passport expires in 1yr 3mnths time and I was told I can’t renew it until it is less than 6mnths, the question is will I still get a study visa.

    • admin

      Dear Sam

      Many thanks for your email. Unfortunately it is still at Home Affairs / Embassy’s discretion to request the repatriation fee. It is also most likely that your study permit will be issued according to the validity of the passport. However, the Embassy might issue the permit for the full 3 years with endorsed condition that the remainder of the permit be transferred to the new passport.

      Kind Regards

      Sue

  36. joshua adebayo

    Gud day admin I apllied for visiting visa and I was refused due to failure to pay the repatration fee but I tot I was goin to be contacted which I wasn’t now I hav re apllied. And paid the repatriation with another visa fee here in lagos how long wil it tak for my visa to be out and since I have paid the repatriation fee will I get my visa this tyme? And I want to know what is the tyme range that I should. Be expecting the sms alert thnk you.

  37. joshua adebayo

    I submitted on 25 january 2013 hope it won’t take long like a fresh application?

    • admin

      Dear Joshua

      They normally allow a minimum of 30 working days to process the application. However, due to the festive period there is definitely a backlog on capturing the applications. Please allow 1-3 months for the application to be processed.

      Regards,

      Sue

      • Alex

        Please i want to know how much repatriation is required if am applying for SA visa from Ghana

        • admin

          Dear Alex

          Should you submit the application in South Africa, the repatriation amount will be R13 100.
          I am not quite sure what the SA Embassy in Ghana will charge.

          Regards,

          Sue

  38. Alex

    Please I want to know how much is required in repatriation when you re applying for south african visa from Ghana

  39. joshua

    Good day admin I applied for visiting visa and I was refused due to failure to pay the repatriation fee but I tot I was groin to be contacted which I wasn’t now I have re applied. And paid the repatriation with another visa fee here in Lagos hope i will get the visa since I have paid the repatriation fee will I get my visa this time? And I want to know what is the time range that I should. Be expecting the sms alert think you.

    • admin

      Dear Joshua

      Unfortunately you’ll have to contact the Embassy in Lagos to enquire about your application. We are not able to provide you with such information.

      Regards,

      Sue

  40. Mul

    Hello. Is there anyway I can obtain another one if i lost the original receipt for repatriation?

    M

    • Mul

      Hello. Is there anyway I can obtain another one if i lost the original receipt for repatriation? I am trying to apply for a new study permit.

      M

      • admin

        Hello Mul

        Unfortunately not my dear. If you lost it, have an affidavit drawn up by your police station or notary explaining your circumstances.

        Regards,

        Sue

  41. thaiwoh

    yeah
    i was called and ask to come and pay my repatriation fee within just 3 days . while i was at kaduna for business trip .. not easy for me to come back home .. can i go and pay it when am back because i dont understand that 3 days stuff .. please kindly let me know hun

  42. Marc

    Hello Sue,
    we applied for visa and have been asked to pay the repatriation fee. Please could you mail me the account details for payment? Or do I have to wait to pay on the date of my interview appointment. My interview is in Abuja.

    Kind regards,

    Marc

  43. tosin mathew

    Please i want en-quire if payment of Repatriation fee is compulsory if i am applying for SA visa as a student Researcher for my Masters Degree Program in University of Ibadan, Nigeria.

    • admin

      Dear Tosin

      The request for repatriation payment will always remain at the discretion of the Department of Home Affairs / SA Embassy.

      Regards,

      Sue

    • admin

      Dear Tosin

      Yes, normally the Embassy and Home Affairs requests a repatriation fee for study permits. This you can claim back once you leave SA permanently or obtain permanent residence in South Africa.

      Regards,

      Sue

  44. Makinde Thaiwoh

    Hello
    I applied for short time south Africa visa .. since January 17 .. and i have not receive any call or message from vfs. if they will tell me whats going on .. or they will ask me to come and pay repatriation fee.. i could not hear anything from them yet .. is geting more than 5 weeks now.. and i heard it take 2 or 3 weeks to process visa from nigeria..
    please kindly get back to me.. let me know what going on..
    thanks

    • admin

      Dear Makinde

      Kindly be in contact with the Embassy in Nigeria to enquire. It might be that they have a query on your application.

      Regards,

      Sue

  45. Zee

    Hi admin,
    I really appreciate, you have shared very important information,.
    When I have applied for my Visa of South Africa, I was studying in
    China that is why I had applied for my Visa of South Africa in
    Beijing, China. I have deposited my repatriation fee there at Beijing
    Embassy in China.
    Please would you confirm that if I could get my repatriation fee back
    from South African Embassy in Pakistan ? I am also planning to travel in China but for one or two month, or it would better to apply from there?

    Can you please send me letter which other normally use to refund fee?
    Can I ask them to return my passport back at the time of application so that i can travel meanwhile they can continue the process?
    How they refund? In cash or transfer into bank?

    Thank you!

    • admin

      Dear Zee

      It’s a pleasure. We recommend that you enquire with the Embassy in Pakistan whether you can claim it from their office.

      Regards,

      Sue

  46. Richie

    Hello admin
    I completed my B tech degree in 2011 here in south africa.the whole of last year I was entering the country as a visitor job hunting.I have been encountering problems with all of my employers because when I enter the border,I will be given 30 days of 90 days depending on their moods.I am in South Africa now and left with 30days since I was given 90.Many interviews I have gone to were complaining that my days are few and they want at least 3 months validity.How can you assist me since I did my studies.If I get at least 1year,that will assist me in my job hunting.
    Hope to hear from you soon.Thank you

  47. taku

    hallo,,im studyin in south africa and in my last year & when
    i finish my course that is when my permit expires too,so after the expirt if i want to return to south africa but to study another
    different course at another institution do i have to
    apply for a new permit just like i did the first time or
    i am subject to new requirements? Please help.what are the documents required??and also if i am to apply before my permit expiry for the new course is it possible?or i have to wait till it first expires

    • admin

      Dear Taku

      You have to apply for a new permit, as you will be studying at a different institution. It is called a Change of Conditions. We will email you the necessary requirements.

      Regards,

      Sue

  48. taku

    so should i apply before expiry or after expiry of my current permit???

    • admin

      Dear Taku

      You have to apply before the expiry of your current permit, otherwise you will become illegal and be subjected to a fine.

      Regards,
      Sue

  49. taku

    ok thank you,so what if i plan to study again 6months after my expiry and after expiry i go to my home country will i be illegal applying for another study permit from ther again?

  50. kike

    Hello,

    I need to claim my refunds but I can’t find the envelope that has d original receipt but I have a copy I got from vfs(gtbank) services. Where the payment was made. Can I present ?its a short term visa

    • admin

      Dear Kike

      Normally you need to present the original, but kindly enquire with the Embassy / Consulate on what to do.

      Regards,

      Sue

  51. GBENGA

    I processed my repatriation fees at lagos office in Nigeria, they asked me to come in 16 days. Do u have any idea if they are true to this date?

    • admin

      Dear Sir / Madam

      Unfortunately we will not be able to give you an exact answer, but our recommendation would be to return to the Lagos office as per their request.

      Regards,

      Sue

  52. Abayomi

    Dear
    I have just been invited for a POST DOCTORAL FELLOWSHIP in RSA
    1. Do I still need my certificates examined by SAQA, because i’m not going for further studies
    2. I just returned from RSA and my repatriation fee has not been refunded to me. Now i want to go back, will I need to pay another repatriation fee?
    3. if my spouse and 2 children (1yrs ; 3yrs) will be accompanying me, will each of them need to pay repatriation fee as well?
    4. what type of form will those accompanying me fill for visa permit?
    From Nigeria

    • admin

      Dear Abayomi

      Where did you study? In South Africa or abroad?
      Normally, you don’t have to pay a repatriation fee again, if you paid it previously and it was not returned to you.
      Yes, the SA Embassy might require a repatriation fee for them as well.
      They have to complete the BI-84 form.

      Regards,

      Sue

      • Abayomi

        thank you so much for your mail. i studied in Nigeria. but the postdoctoral programme i’m going for is NOT for degree purpose is just for research purpose AS I’VE ALREADY GOT MY PH.D. will I still need SAQA assessment?

  53. Wale

    Hello, I apply for renewal of visitor permit to SA in January and I was refuse, base on visiting Mozambique why I was in South Africa, please is this a reasonable law or what for SA embassy refuse me that I contravene RSA immigration Law. Went to embassy for enquiry they told me I dnt have right to visit Mozambique with my visitor permit.

  54. Gabriel

    I paid repatriation in SA embassy Swaziland on my visitor permit and come to Nigeria as my country of nationality to claim the repatriation, but SA embassy in Lagos told me they can treat my refund, please what can I do.

  55. liberty

    hi,i want to know that if anyone is in southafrica with a voluntary work permit is he allowed to do part time jobs to boost his finances

    • admin

      Dear Liberty

      You may only conduct voluntary work at the institution for which the voluntary work permit was issued.

      Regards,

      Sue

  56. adedeji

    I applied for a holiday visiting visa to sa since dec and I got a message on 11th of march, I was eventually denied and they said failure to pay repatriation fee. Please how do I appeal and hope its not too late till this time I’m writing you?

    • admin

      Dear Adedeji

      You can submit a written appeal where you applied with the repatriation amount requested. It will be best if you contact them beforehand.

      Regards,

      Sue

  57. adedeji

    I didn’t receive any text or call between december 2012 and march 2013 when I applied for the sa visa. I hope its not too late to re-apply

  58. adedeji

    Hello sir I applied in vfs centre lagos at dec 21st 2012 and I never received any text or call, they could text and network didn’t deliver anyway but I received a text on 11th of 2013 and I was denied for “FAILURE TO PAY REPATRIATION FEE”. Now my fear is that if by this month I go to pay the fee and re-appeal hope there’s no deadline for the re-appeal and payment, secondly how can I draft the letter if I want to appeal. Thanks sir

  59. Alumni

    Hi, I studied in SA for 3 years and renewed my permit in Joburg for a further 1 year. I paid a repatriation fee to Home Affairs Joburg when I renewed. I’m back in Nigeria; is it possible to submit that receipt to the embassy in Lagos or was I supposed to do so before I left?

    Thank you.

  60. Jonathan

    Dear Sue

    This is a fantastic website, loads of info. We recently went to the home affairs department in JHB, only to find out about this repatriation fee there. Unfortunately there is no one at home affairs that can assist us with letting us know what the repatriation fee will be for someone applying from Argentina. They have simply asked us to phone South African Airways. We have tried this route with no luck.
    Home Affairs wants a written letter from someone stating that the fees will be……. so much. Are you able to assist? We have also contact the Argentine Embassy and Consulate nobody knows. We have only seen the website of the SA Embassy in Argentina which states a value of 700 US but surely there should be a set figure in South African Rands in order not to recalculate it with fluctuating currencies.

    Your assistance would be highly appreciated.

    Kind Regards

    • admin

      Dear Jonathan

      Many thanks for your positive feedback! It’s much appreciated.

      The repatriation fee for an Argentinian national is R9 400. I will also inbox you a list.

      Kind Regards,

      Sue

  61. Natal

    Hello
    I am working in University with exceptional skills work permit. I applied a spousal visa for my wife. Home affairs rejected the application and asked us to appeal. It has been one (1) year since we appealed and still waiting their response. We have the receipt for our application of the appeal from the regional home affairs office. Now, we have decided to leave South Africa. What kind papers if there is any my wife need to leave the country? Or is it just simply pack and leave? Or is there anything to do on our side to avoid the harassment at the airport by the immigration officers? On a different note, I can see from the above responses that our repatriation fee would take time to collect it. Is it possible to give a foreign bank account for the money to be deposited, as I am closing down my account here? The repatriation fee was paid in South Africa. Thanks for your reply.

    • admin

      Dear Sir

      Many thanks for your email. Should your wife’s appeal not be back by the time you leave, you need to visit your home affairs branch and request a follow-up. They can look up on the system. If it is still pending, ask them to stamp your receipt with a “Pending’ verification on the stamp. The immigration officials at the airport should be satisfied with it.

      No, unfortunately Home Affairs do not accept foreign bank accounts where they need to deposit the money back.

      Regards,

      Sue

  62. kim

    I hav a query,,i hav a study permit but the school wher i was supposed to go really became expensive and could not raise the needed money on time..so i ended up taking Unisa studies and the course i am now doing requires that i attend practicals at the Unisa florida campus and also for me to complete the course i should have gone for experiential work-learning under the supervision of a mentor registered by a South African Board,and Unisa states i can only do this course here in South Africa because of the practicals & that work intergrated learning.i know if i hav a study permit i should be studying and i am actually studying

    So i am askng for your help,,what should i do??in the case that i would want to renew the permit to complete the Unisa qualification how should i do it..

    Please help

  63. Adebayo Victoria

    I applied for student visa for SA from Nigeria,I want 2 knw hw much d repatriation fee

  64. Adeyemi

    My fiancee intends visiting her elder brother for 2weeks in Durban, SA after our marriage in September this year. Will she be required to pay a repatriation fees? Also since her last name will change to mine after marriage, what do you advice us to do as regards obtaining an International Passport? Should she get the passport now in her surname or wait till she gets married and apply for a passport in her husband’s last name? Thirdly, how much can she travel with as BTA? Reply me via e-mail too.
    Thanks!

  65. Andiswa

    Good day

    I am a South African about to travel to Nigeria. I understand I am required to pay a repatriation fee of R6000. Colleagues inform me that though the Nigerian consulate website states the fee is refundable upon return to SA they have never received theirs though they had provided all required information. Is it possible that the money is not refunded?

    Regards
    Andiswa

  66. Chetan

    HI

    I have been in Lesotho for 2 years and i took S.A. visit visa by paying R 10,000 i left lesotho and came back to India and i applied to get my refund in my home country India , it is almost 3 months but S.a. Embassy mumbai is saying they are not getting any response from lesotho about my refund. when i am submitting my original receipt then why they are taking this much long time to refund our deposit. i want to write an email please let me know the email address and i want to write that to a top management of S.a. embassy.

    • admin

      Dear Chetan

      Please check your inbox with my response.

      I have attached the contact details of the SA embassy in Lesotho.

      All the best

      IBN Team

  67. Uju

    Hi, my last SA visa was issued in oct 2011 n I travelled in nov same year. I came back jan 2012 as I had to apply for one month extention from the home office in jourboug. I am yet to collect my repatration fee n each time I get to the embassy, I am told its not the day for refund of repatration fee and that I will have to come back the next week. It has nt been easy making out time to go to the embassy and up till this moment, I am yet to send my refund request
    I would appreciate if iam advised better on how to go about my repatration refund and secondly is it possible to apply for visa renewal to SA even while you are yet to collect your repatration fee?

  68. Balaji

    Good Day
    Hi, I am an Indian, Did Pilot Training course in PE, South Africa on SA Study Permit. Now my query is, i returned back to my country i need to refund back my Repatriation Amount Which i paid INR40000 to the Consulate General Of South Africa In Mumbai. INDIA. Please Help me with the details of getting back the money.

    With Reg
    Balaji.

    • admin

      Dear Balaji

      Thank you for your enquiry.

      You need to visit the South African embassy closest to you and request a refund on your repatriation fee paid. Please ensure that you have the original receipt at hand.

      For further information contact your SA embassy to find out if you require additional documents,example: proof of bank account.

      All the best.

      Regards

      Teri

  69. michael

    Hello, I applied for a study permit in abuja and due to miss understanding btw the school and the embassy I was deniedn, my query is thus; if I want to apply in lagos, will I need to pay the repatration fee in lagos as I did collect if from abuja.

  70. michael

    Hi.
    just sent you another query to your mail.

  71. michael

    Hi
    Can I know when the south african high commision in lagos will accept study permit application.

  72. Lawal Babatunde

    I was granted SA visa few months but I couldn’t go because of some family issues, so I would like to know how to claim the repatriation fee I paid then. My visa hasn’t expired yet, still have 28days more on it. Can i cancel it and get my refund back?

    • admin

      Dear Lawal

      Thank you for your enquiry.

      Yes, you may cancel the appliaction and claim your repatriation back.

      According to the Department of Home affairs and the SA immigration law, you have the following options when claiming your repatriation fee,

      You have two options:

      1. You may claim your repatriation at the Department of Home affairs where you paid your deposit initially with the following documents
      - Original repatriation receipt
      - Bank verification form which can be requested by the Department of Home affairs
      -Letter stating the Main reason why you need the deposit back and why you needs to return home.
      -Letter from the yourself explaining you will not be continuing to reside in SA .

      2. You may also claim it from your closest SA embassy abroad where you reside by also producing the above, they might require all the above as at point 1 or not all of the above.

      The deposit might be paid on the day of request or the official will refer it to a later date. You will be advised on the day by the official. At this stage we cannot guarantee duration of the process.

      All the best

      Regards
      Teri

  73. gibson

    hi admin. I need your help.I want to renew my visa but unfortunately I lost my repatriation receipt. is there a way that i can get a copy of the document without paying the fee again?? I had originally paid from my home country..

    • admin

      Dear Gibson

      Thank you for your enquiry.

      The original repatriation receipt is a very important document to be kept safe. The reason for this is that when you wish to claim the fee back it is required to submit the original receipt.

      In your case i would suggest that you visit the office where you submitted the fee and request a copy. Home affairs usually keeps duplicates of such receipts.

      All the best.

      Kinds regards

      IBN Team

  74. adesanya bisayo

    How long is’t going to take me before I will collect my repatriation fee….must I wait for my visa to expire before I can claim my repatriation fee…..am worried before I may not be around when my vida will be around

    • admin

      Dear Adesanya

      Thank you for your enquiry.

      According to the Department of Home affairs you have the following options when claiming your repatriation fee,

      You have two options:

      1. You may claim your repatriation at the Department of Home affairs where you paid your deposit initially with the following documents
      - Original repatriation receipt
      - Bank verification form which can be requested by the Department of Home affairs
      - Letter stating the Main reason why you need the deposit back and why you needs to return home.
      - Letter from the yourself explaining you will not be continuing to reside in SA .

      2. You may also claim it from your closest SA embassy abroad where you reside by also producing the above, they might require all the above as at point 1 or not all of the above.

      The deposit might be paid on the day of request or the official will refer it to a later date. The applicant will be advised on the day by the official. At this stage we cannot guarantee duration of the process.

      All the best

      Regards
      IBN Team

  75. Manu

    I went to Home Affairs yesterday in Orlando West to enquire about claiming my deposit back and they informed me I can only claim it once I leave the country. I informed the lady I have since acquire my permanent residence, and actually at the time I paid the deposit I paid it here in South Africa. She replied I could only claim it back from my home country, even if I had paid it here in South Africa.

    • admin

      Dear Manu

      Thank you for your query.

      The information received as you mentioned above is contradictory to that of the law. As per the South African immigration law if you refer to regulation 8 (d) it states ” payment of a deposit: Provided that such deposit shall be refunded to the depositor after the final departure of the applicant or after a permit contemplated in section 25 (which means the holder of permanent residence permit) of the Act has been issued to the applicant”. You may claim your deposit back upon issuance of your permanent residence permit providing that you have your original cash deposit receipt.

      All the best

      Regards
      IBN Team

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