SA Home Affairs Issues Directive To Organisations To Accept Expired ZEP Permits

SA Home Affairs Issues Directive To Organisations To Accept Expired ZEP Permits

South Africa's DHA has issued a directive to organisations doing business with ZEP holders to accept the expired permit as valid until 31 December 2021.

South Africa’s Department of Home Affairs (DHA) has issued a directive to organisations doing business with Zimbabwe Exemption Permit (ZEP) holders to accept the expired permit as valid until 31 December 2021.

Concerned ZEP holders have been asking:

 

  • Will my bank account freeze on the expiry of permits on 31 December 2021?

The answer is No, according to the DHA directive below, banks MUST allow you to use the expired permit during the grace period.

 

  • What documentation do I use during the 12-month grace period?

The Immigration Directive No. 10 of 2021 states that for whatever business, the expired permit must be accepted as valid for the duration of the grace period.

 

  • If I leave South Africa for whatever reason, will I lose the 12-month grace period?

No, you will not lose your grace period. ZEP holders can still enter and exit the country on the same conditions they enjoyed before expiry.

In summary, ZEP Holders Will Work, Bank, School and Travel With Their Expired Permits for the duration of the grace period.

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DHA Director-General, L. T. MAKHODE, on 29 November 2021, released a directive meant to address all businesses and organisations dealing with ZEP holders on how they should treat them upon expiry on 31 December 2021.

The directive read:

Department of Home Affairs Directive 10 of 2021

Zimbabwe Exemption Permit Holders (ZEP)

Cabinet decided to no longer issue extensions to Zimbabwean nationals who are holders of the Zimbabwean Exemption Permit (ZEP), but a 12 (twelve) month grade period following the expiry of the current ZEP on 31 December 2021 within which these ZEP holders need to regularise their status within South Africa in terms of the Immigration Act, 2002 (Act No. 13 of 2002) (‘the Immigration Act”) and the Immigration Regulations, meaning 31 December 2022.

During the said 12 (twelve) month period, holders of the ZEP should apply for mainstream visas that they qualify for and ensure that their applications comply with the provisions and requirements of the Immigration Act and
Immigration Regulations.

At the expiry of this 12 (Twelve) month period, those who are not successful will have to leave South Africa or be deported.

Organisations: All Companies, Employers, Learning Institutes and Banks are to kindly note that applicants who are in possession of a ZEP expiring on 31 December 2021 must be allowed to continue with their services, provided they submit proof of application for a mainstream visa in terms of the Immigration Act and Immigration Regulations.

Proof of application must be a VFS receipt.

Travel Conditions: All applicants with a ZEP must be allowed to travel freely in and out of South Africa until 31 December 2022, when the 12 (twelve) month grace period ends, after which they will only be allowed to travel in and out of South Africa if in possession of a valid visa.

The contents of this Immigration Directive must please be brought to the attention of all officials concerned.

L. T. MAKHODE
DIRECTOR-GENERAL
DATE: 29 November 2021.
This Immigration Directive follows Immigration Directive No 9 of 2021 which deals with: Declaration of Undesirability: Foreigners whose Visas/Permits have expired

IMMIGRATION DIRECTIVE NO 10 OF 2021 ZIMBABWEAN EXEMPTION PERMIT HOLDERS (ZEP)

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