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PLEASE NOTE: THE DEPARTMENT OF HOME AFFAIRS IN LONDON MISSION WILL BE CLOSED FROM 22 DECEMBER 2017 AND WILL REOPEN FROM THE 02 JANUARY 2018.

In an effort to improve our service to British citizens and other nationals residing in UK who wish to travel to South Africa, a South African Visa Facilitation Service (VFS Global) is operating in London, Manchester and Edinburgh.

All applicants carrying normal passports should submit their visa applications at the South African Visa Facilitation Service (VFS Global)  

Please Note:  Holders of Diplomatic and Official/Service Passports who submit their applications under cover of a Note Verbale should submit their application at South African High Commission.

IMPORTANT NOTICE:

PEOPLE TRAVELLING OR TRANSITING WITH CHILDREN TO THE REPUBLIC OF SOUTH AFRICA; should please see directive and also download the Schools Trip Affidavit and Parental Consent Affidavit forms.

NB: PARENT WHO IS NOT ACCOMPANYING HIS OR HER CHILD ON THE TRIP SHOULD COME IN PERSON TO DO THE AFFIDAVIT. THE AFFIDAVIT CAN ALSO BE DONE BY A SOLICITOR (NOTARY PUBLIC).

LOCATION OF VFS OFFICES

London

Physical Address: 66 Wilson Street, EC2 A2JX London

Manchester

Physical Address: No. 50 Devonshire Street North, M12 6JH Manchester

Edinburgh

Physical Address: 1 Rennie’s Isle, EH6 6QT Edinburgh

OVERVIEW OF FUNCTIONS AND TURNAROUND TIMES

Function

Where its processed

Turnaround times

Visa

Applied at the VFS and finalised in London High Commission

5 to 30 working days depending on the type of visa

Permanent Resident and Proof of Permanent Resident

Applied in London (VFS) and Processed in South Africa (DHA). On receiving the outcome applicants are advised.

Maximum  18 months

Appeal for Visa

Applied in London (VFS) and Processed in South Africa (DHA) On receiving the outcome applicants are advised.

Based on the merits of each case

Waiver

Applied in London (VFS) and Processed in South Africa (DHA) On receiving the outcome applicants are advised.

Based on the merits of each case

Overstay Appeals

A foreigner who has been declared undesirable must log onto:http://www.dha.gov.za/index.php/immigration-services/overstay-appeals

 

Please do not call to enquire about the updates if the maximum duration of your application is not over.