A Transfer of temporary residence visa applies to those who require their current temporary residence visa to be transferred from an old or lost/stolen passport into their new passport and have received their visa through VFS previously.
An online application needs to be lodged on the VFS website in order to apply for a visa transfer.
The visa transfer itself has no fee, however as for any application the VFS service fee is R1350.00.
Once the application has been submitted at VFS they will send the application pack off to Department of Home Affairs in Pretoria who will then issue you with the exact same visa to be endorsed into your new passport.
The processing time for a transfer visa is approximately 8-10weeks.
It is important to remember that Home Affairs has the overall influence over processing times as they are the ones who process the visas.
If you have submitted directly through the Department of Home Affairs or at an Embassy abroad, you would be to travel with your new passport as well as the old one with the visa sticker as VFS will not be able to do the transfer of visa if you have not initially lodged your application through them.
Alternatively, if this is not possible, you would need to lodge a brand new application for the same visa at VFS.
Please do not hesitate to contact us, if you need any assistance in any of our visa immigration matters.
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