FAQ: When do I need to do a visa transfer?

FAQ: When do I need to do a visa transfer?

Visa transfers applies to those who have lost their passport, if it was stolen or you have a new passport.

The process is easy and not a lot of documents are needed to submit the application.

In the event of your passport expiring you will need to apply for a new passport and once issued with a new passport, only then can you submit an application for a visa transfer.

The application can be submitted at your nearest VFS centre (Visa Facilitation Services).

Documents needed for this process are the following:

  • Certified copy of your old passport
  • Certified copy of your current visa
  • Certified copy of your new passport

If you are on a work visa you may submit an additional document like your confirmation of employment.

If your passport was stolen or lost you will need to go to your nearest police station (SAPS) to obtain an affidavit. Once you received your new passport then you can apply for a transfer of visa.

You will need to provide the following documents upon submission:

  • Certified copy of your lost passport
  • Certified copy of your current visa
  • Certified copy of your new passport
  • Affidavit from SAPS

If you do not have a copy of current visa, please state in the affidavit that you don’t have any copies of your visa. Home Affairs will still be able to track your visa if you provide them with your passport copy.

 Please do not hesitate to contact us if you need any assistance in your immigration matters.

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