South Africa Home Affairs outlines fees and terms of Zim permits
Pretoria – Home Affairs Minister Hlengiwe Mkhize on Friday announced terms and conditions of the new four year non-renewable permit regime for close to 200 000 Zimbabweans based in South Africa, under the dispensation termed the Zimbabwean Exemption Permit (ZEP).
“Conditions of the new Zimbabwe Exemption Permit dispensation entitles the holder to work, study and, or, to conduct business, if that person is an entrepreneur. It’s important to emphasise that it [the ZEP] does not entitle the holder the right to apply for permanent residence, irrespective of the period of stay in the Republic of South Africa. It will neither be renewable or extendable,” Mkhize said as she addressed a press briefing in Pretoria.
“The ZEP does not allow the permit holder to change conditions
“The ZEP does not allow the permit holder to change conditions of his or her permit while in South Africa. A permit holder who wishes to convert their status to any other mainstream visa should apply timeously for such a visa from within South Africa, provided they meet all the requirements for that visa. We have quite a number of visa regimes … if, for instance, a person wants to be considered under the category of a student, or as studying, they have to come out of this one, and there are different conditions attached to that one. That would help a lot because there (the study permit) the period is fixed to a degree or diploma.”
Pretoria – Interior Minister Hlengiwe Mkhize announced on Friday the terms and conditions of the new four-year non-renewable permit regime for about 200,000 Zimbabweans based in South Africa, under the dispensation called the Zimbabwean Exemption Permit (ZEP) .
“The conditions of Zimbabwe’s new exemption permit waiver entitle the holder to work, study and conduct business if that person is an entrepreneur.”
“The conditions of Zimbabwe’s new exemption permit waiver entitle the holder to work, study and conduct business if that person is an entrepreneur.” It is important to emphasize that [the ZEP] does not entitle the holder to apply permanent residence, regardless of the period of stay in the Republic of South Africa, it will not be renewable or expandable, “Mkhize said while speaking at a press conference in Pretoria.
“The ZEP does not allow the permit holder to change the conditions of his / her permit while in South Africa.The holder of a permit who wishes to convert his / her status to any other conventional visa must apply in a timely manner for said visa from South Africa, provided that it complies With all the requirements for that visa, we have a good number of visa regimes … if, for example, a person wants to be considered under the category of a student, or as a student, they have to leave it, and there are different conditions This would help a lot because there (the study permit) the period is fixed in a title or diploma “.
Mkhize emphasized that the government of South Africa believes that migrants play an important role with respect to the economic development of the country and enriches social and cultural life.
He said the 197,941 holders of the current Zimbabwe Special Permit (ZSP), which expires in December, can cross borders with expired ZSP permits and receipts that show they have applied for the ZEP, until the South African government has issued the ZEP. It allows.
“This new ZEP will start on September 15, 2017. People have a week, they have been waiting for it and nobody will say it is a short period The ZEP is open and is valid only for ZSP permit holders … people who evaluated the ZSP in 2014 and have not been deported for criminal activities, and so on, those are the people we are inviting to present, and we advise potential candidates to send online applications as of September 15 through the site VFS website, “said Mkhize.
Applications are made at www.vfsglobal.com/ZEP/SouthAfrica/com.
The minister said that the deadline for submitting applications is November 30. An administrative fee of R1 090 will be charged. As of October, applicants will be assigned appointments to present fingerprints and supporting documents at the VFS Global offices in Durban, Cape Town, Port Elizabeth, Johannesburg, Rustenburg, Kimberley , Polokwane, Nelspruit, Bloemfontein and George.
“I am confident that ZEP will go a long way in helping Zimbabweans rebuild their lives as they prepare, at work, in business and in educational institutions, for their final return to their sovereign state, Zimbabwe, in the near future.” . said Mkhize.
The Chargé d’Affaires of the High Commission of Zimbabwe in Pretoria, Tamuka Robert Nyamuranga, extended his gratitude to the government of South Africa “for the generous offer they have made to thousands of Zimbabweans”.
“This is an act of solidarity, an act of good neighborliness, I know that there are many Zimbabwean citizens who have been living and working in South Africa, and who have made a significant contribution to the development of South Africa and the implementation of the National Development Plan”, said Nyamuranga.
“I would like to call other Zimbabweans, those who own the ZSP, to introduce themselves as soon as VFS opens their applications on September 15, and avoid the last-minute rush that normally occurs in situations like this.” I want to thank him once again to the minister. ”
Under the special dispensation granted by Pretoria in 2014, Zimbabweans who had previously been granted permits under the Dispensation Project for Zimbabwe were allowed to register again for the “non-renewable” three-year ZSP.