There has been a lot of confusion with all the visa extensions and grace periods given by the State over the past year. As many people know the last extension ended on the 31st of March 2021 but a new extension has been granted. Below is the ifnormation regarding the new extension.
All holders of Tourist Visas and 11(2) visas which expired during Lockdown are automatically extended till 30 June 2021;
Those of our clients in possession of long-term TRVs such as:
- Critical Skills Visa
- Retirement Visa
- Student Visa
- General Work Visa
- Intra-Company Transfer Visa
- Spousal/Life Partner Visa
which expired during Lockdown do not enjoy an automatic extension, but they have a grace period up until 31 July to submit their complete Extension/Change of Status applications. If they cannot provide all docs for an Extension or Change application, they must apply for an 11(1). Beyond that date they will be considered illegal(because they don’t have a valid visa or a VFS receipt proving they have a pending application);
Clients who entered RSA on/after 15 March 2021 or those who received their Visas after 15 March 2021 do not enjoy any automatic extensions.
Please note that most of the regular Civic Services (births, marriages, deaths, passports) and visa services are being rendered again under Level 1.
If you have any questions regarding the above information please leave an enquiry or contact us so we can assist you further.