SA pegs permit renewal at $73

South Africa has announced a R800 (about $73) renewal fee for Zimbabwean Special Dispensation permits that were freely rolled out in 2010.

While a document with more “crucial” information for bearers of the work, business and study permits will be released “soon”, the Department of Home Affairs said the fee for permit renewal had been pegged at R800.

Briefing a Zimbabwe All-Stakeholders Forum that comprised a number of civil society leaders and organisations, Jack Shimane Monedi, the DHA’s Chief Director responsible for permits, said the application process would open online on October 1, as initially announced by Minister Malusi Gigaba.

He advised Zimbabweans who have thronged police stations to seek police clearance to stop going there as his department and the police would open new sites for fingerprints and clearance close to the VFS Centres.

October 2014 will be the month for finger prints/police clearance and online applications, while from November till end of April 2015, it will be the period for people to physically submit their applications based on their appointments, which will be acquired telephonically.

No new applicants will be allowed, but those who applied and got reference numbers can re-apply. Those who do not have permits should apply for the general work permit through VFS, but not under ZSP and the requirements will be different.

Children and other people like spouses should apply for a permit separately, like children should apply for a study permit even if they are doing Grade 1 and spouses should apply for a spousal permit. These should be done through VFS and on a strictly online application first basis.

Butholezwe Nyathi, the regional co-coordinator of Migrants Workers Association of Southern Africa, said his organisation would as from October 5 open regional and provincial contact points for its members to attend to problems that could emanate from the permit renewal process. – For queries contact: Whatsapp number 0603109742.

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