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:
Zimbabwean nationals or residence holders wishing to submit general work visa applications at the South African Embassy in Harare, please note:
- The old application form needs to be submitted, where “part P” is completed and stamped by the potential employer.
- All employer documents, ie. Motivational letter, undertakings, employment contract need to be in original format and stamped by the company.
- Furthermore, if one uses a newspaper advert, it would have been expired at the time of submission (meaning more than 4 months old) to the Embassy. Therefore one has to state the case that labour takes +/- 4-5 months to be issued and the advertisement is a requirement for labour and not for the embassy. The Embassy might not want to accept the application because of this reason. Continue reading
The proposal, developed by the Department of Home Affairs, to extend the Zimbabwean Dispensation Permit was finally accepted by Cabinet on 6 August 2014. This implicates that the DZP, the Dispensation for Zimbabwe Project, will close on 31 December 2014. It will be replaced by the new Zimbabwean Special Dispensation Permit (ZSP).
This implies that the expiry date of those DZP permits that expire before that date is delayed until 31 December 2014. The DZP permits which expire after 31 December 2014, now expire on 31 December 2014.
Applicants, who want to apply for a ZSP permit, need to have a valid Zimbabwean passport, a clear criminal record plus evidence of an employment permit, business or accredited study. The ZSP permit will be valid until 31 December 2017. Continue reading
As many as 1,5-million Zimbabweans may be in SA, according to Wits University. Most of them had entered illegally because of political violence and a recession in their country. According to Department of Home Affairs, Home Affairs is to resume deporting Zimbabweans after an amnesty that allowed the refugees to apply to legalise their status in SA ended. More than 255 000 applied to legalise in their stay before the December 31 deadline. For those who have not, “the procedure should be to deport these individuals as illegal foreign nationals”, reads a home affairs document.