Home Affairs minister Aaron Motsoaledi has detailed which services will be available at Home Affairs offices during the country’s adjusted level 4 lockdown.
In a government gazette published on Wednesday (30 June), Motsoaledi said that this will include:
- Births registration;
- Re-issuance of birth and marriage certificates;
- Late registration of birth for learners on an appointment basis only
- Death registration;
- Applications for temporary identity certificates;
- Collection of identity cards or documents;
- Solemnisation and registration of marriages;
- Applications and collection of passports for those who are permitted to travel (submission of proof required);
- Applications for travel documents for those who are permitted to travel (submission of proof required);
- Applications for retention and renunciation of citizenship;
- Processing of unabridged birth certificate applications for a first time ID card or document applications;
- All back-office amendment and document management services;
- All back-office operational services;
- Visa services in terms of the Immigration Act;
- Online renewal of refugee status and asylum seeker permits/visas.
Motsoaledi has extended the validity period of legally issued visas that expired during the lockdown period.
The new expiration date for short-term visas, such as tourist visas, is now 30 September 2021.
The validity period of longer-term temporary visas issued for three months to three years which expired during the lockdown has also been extended until 30 September 2021, the minister said.
“This means that visas or permits of holders who have not departed South Africa since the announcement of the national state of disaster in March 2020, and arrived with a valid visitor’s visa between December 2019 and 14 March 2021, are deemed to be valid until the end of September 2021,” the Department of Home Affairs said this week.
“Holders of such visas are permitted to remain in the country under the conditions of their visas until the expiry of their applicable extension. Those wishing to be repatriated to their countries within this period can depart without being declared undesirable persons.”
The department said that the extension does not apply to people who entered the country on or after 15 March 2021 and that the normal validity period of visas of people admitted into the country from this date still applies.