Last year the Department of Home Affairs announced that Zimbabwean Exemption Permits (ZEPs) would not be renewed when they expired on 31 December 2021, but later they announced a 12-month grace period until 31 December 2022.
For now, no ZEP holder can be arrested, detained, or ordered to depart for not having a valid exemption permit. You may also enter into or depart from South Africa during this time period.
What is expected of you now?
- You can approach the Department of Home Affairs for further info.
- You can apply through the VFS (Visa Facilitation Services) on their website vfsglobal.com/dha/southafrica/.
- You can also email a copy of your ZEP permit and your CV to firstname.lastname@example.org to get feedback on whether you qualify.
Unfortunately, we cannot advise any further on application procedures because we are not experts.
What will happen if you don’t get a visa?
From 1 January 2023 you will be considered an illegal immigrant unless you have obtained a mainstream visa. You will either have to leave the country or you will be deported.
It will also be illegal for us to continue employing you as we risk a fine and up to a year in prison.
What if something changes?
Be pro-active and start your application process as soon as possible.
We will keep you updated of any changes as well as relevant information moving forward.