How to apply for a ZEP permit made easy

How To Apply For A ZEP Permit Made Easy

Applying for a ZEP permit

As announced by South African Home Affairs Minister Prof Hlengiwe Mkhize, from 15 September 2017, ZSP holders will have to apply for the new ZEP permit online through VFS Global, an international company that the government has contracted to process the applications.

Applicants need to fill in an online form and then phone the VFS Global contact centre (+27 87 825 0675) to schedule an appointment, while allowing enough time to obtain supporting documents.

The application form will be available at and the cost of the permit is R1090 per application. The amount can be paid into the VFS bank account or with a credit or debit card at a VFS Global office.

At the appointment applicants need to submit their application in person and then a digital finger scan and digital photograph will be taken.

These documents must be produced at their interview:

    • -The completed online form. Handwritten forms will not be accepted.


    • -Appointment acknowledgement (letter or SMS from VFS call centre)


    • -Original documents for verification while submitting certified photocopies.


    • -Original passport.


    • -Copies of passport and previous visas/permits.


    -Payment receipt for each applicant.

As per the permit category applied for the documents below will be required:

ZEP permit categoryRequirements
Work permit-A valid Zimbabwean passport
-Evidence of employment
Business permit-A valid Zimbabwean passport
-Evidence of business
Study permit-A valid Zimbabwean passport
-Evidence of an admission letter from a recognised learning institution


Applicants are required to have a clean police record but they will not have to obtain a police clearance certificate themselves. VFS Global will compile a list of names and submit them to the South African Police Service for clearance.

A ZEP permit will not be automatically issued as the Department of Home Affairs will adjudicate the application.

Put specific questions to VFS Global at +27 87 825 0675 or

[Below is a list of VFS Offices where ZSP holders may apply for the ZEP]


DurbanMusgrave towers, Musgrave Shopping mall, 5th Floor Musgrave, Durban
Cape Town2 Long street, 7th Floor, Cape Town
Port ElizabethOffice 7C, 1st floor Moffet and Main, Corner 17th Ave & Main Road, Walmer, Port Elizabeth
JohannesburgThe Link, Old Pretoria Road, Half Way House, Midrand
RustenburgCnr of Boom and Fatima Bayet street, Rustenberg
KimberlyUnit 3 Building 2, Agri Office Park, N12 Kimberly
PolokwaneThornhill Shopping Centre, Veldspaat and Munnik Avenue Bendor Park, Polokwane
NelspruitOffice 5 F, Nedbank Building, 30 Brown Street, Nelspruit
BloemfonteinSuite 4, The Park, 14 Reid Street Westdene, Bloemfontein
GeorgeUnit 5 Eagle View , Progress Street, George


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