Breytenbachs have good news for holders of the Zimbabwean Exemption Permits (ZEPs).
The Minister of Home Affairs in South Africa has extended the ZEPs by six months. All ZEPs will now automatically extend to 30 June 2023. Holders thus do not have to apply for the extension, as it is an automatic extension.
Minister Aaron Motsoaledi reiterated that the extension of the ZEPs had nothing to do with a series of lawsuits against the ministry. He said the advisory committee recommended the extension as the original December 2022 deadline was administratively impossible to achieve.
What are the implications of the extension of the ZEPs?
Zimbabwean nationals in South Africa with a ZEP have until 30 June 2023 to regularise their stay in South Africa. Thus, they have to find alternative means to stay legally in South Africa by this date. Thus, they must apply for another type of South African visa to stay and work legally.
Zimbabweans who cannot successfully regularise their stay by this date must leave South Africa or face deportation.
Travel Conditions for ZEP Holders
All Zimbabwean nationals with a Zimbabwean Exemption Permit can travel freely in and out of South Africa until 30 June 2023. However, when the grace period ends on 30 June 2023, 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 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. Contact us today at [email protected] or visit our website at www.bic-immigration.com