Visa deadline looms for Zim citizens in South Africa

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Johannesburg – Zimbabweans living in South Africa have a week to collect special permits allowing them to remain in the country until the end of 2017.

Under a special dispensation granted by Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba in 2014, Zimbabweans who had held or applied for a Dispensation of Zimbabweans Project (DZP) permit could re-register for its successor, the Zimbabwean Special Dispensation permit (ZSP) through Visa Facilitation Services (VFS) offices before April 30 last year.

The department said in November it received 208 967 online applications; 197 790 were approved, with 160 still under review because of technical issues such as submission of incomplete applications, capturing of biometrics and obtaining police clearances. It had rejected 25 as the applicants had either not held a DZP permit or police clearance was declined.

Of the total approved, 11 499 had to be collected and applicants had until January 31 to do so. Thereafter the permits would be sent back by the VFS offices to the department.IOL

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