Zimbabwean Exemption Permit

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Breytenbachs have important information for holders of the Zimbabwean Exemption Permit. The South African Government announced that it would no longer issue extensions to Zimbabwean citizens holding Zimbabwean Exemption Permits (ZEP). The SA Government made the announcement at the end of November 2021.

All ZEPs will expire on 31 December 2021.

Grace Period for Zimbabwean Exemption Permit Holders

Fortunately, the SA Government will grant a grace period of twelve months to all ZEP holders following the expiry of these permits on 31 December 2021.

Zimbabwean nationals in South Africa now have twelve months to regularise their stay in South Africa. They thus have to find alternative means to stay in South Africa legally by December 2022.

Zimbabweans who cannot successfully regularise their stay by this date have to leave South Africa or face deportation.

Organisations dealing with Zimbabwean Exemption Permit Holders

The South African Government has informed companies, employers, learning institutions and banks that they must allow ZEP holders to continue their services. However, ZEP holders must provide proof of application for a mainstream South African visa to such organisations. They must also submit a VFS receipt with their proof of application for a mainstream SA visa.

Travel Conditions for ZEP Holders

All Zimbabwean nationals with a Zimbabwean Exemption Permit can travel freely in and out of South Africa until 31 December 2022. However, when the grace period ends 31 December 2022, they will only be allowed to travel in and out of South Africa with a valid SA visa.

How Breytenbachs can help you

Breytenbachs realise that the immigration directive from the SA Department of Home Affairs is causing a lot of stress for many ZEP holders, as well as many employers of ZEP holders. However, there are several ways to regularise your stay in South Africa. The options available among others include the Critical Skills Visa, Spouse Visa and Life Partner Visa.

Breytenbachs recommend that you contact one of our SA Immigration consultants. They will assess your circumstances and advise on the most suitable South African visa.

Please contact us today for further information or applications.

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