Permanent Residence Appeal


Applicants can appeal for rejections by completing the online application form. Appeals are subject to DHA approval and applicant need to apply within 10 working days for section 8 (4) from the date of receiving the decision. For section 8 (6), applicant need to apply within 10 working days from the date of receiving the decision.

Documents Required

  • Duly completed online form. Handwritten forms will not be accepted by Department of Home Affairs.
  • Applicants are requested to get original documents for verification while submitting photocopies for any visa / permit category
  • Valid Original passport
  • Copy of rejection letter citing reasons for the rejection
  • A copy of the applicant’s passport and copy of the latest visa or permit that was issued to the applicant.
  • Confirmation of rejected online application reference number The application reference number of the rejected application
  • A written and signed representation/motivation for an Appeal in response to the rejection letter which includes any other information that would assist the Minister to make an informed decision when considering the Appeal.
  • Any other supporting documents that the applicant wishes to attach to the appeal
  • Proof of applicable fee

Processing Time

All temporary visa applications accepted at the Visa Facilitation Centre will have a minimum average processing time of 8 - 10 months for the decision to be returned from Department of Home Affairs. You can track your application online on VFS Global website to determine status of your application.

Visa Fees


DHA Application Fee

VFS Service Fee




Premium Lounge (Optional Service)



All fees are inclusive of VAT and to be paid in South African Rand. Above listed fees are non-refundable once the application is received by VFS Global and Department of Home Affairs.

Once all supporting documentation is available as per the documentary checklist kindly proceed to complete the online application form. You will be required to pre-pay a minimum amount of R1350 in order to secure and schedule your appointment online.

Payment to secure your online appointment can be made in three methods:

  • Online payment via Debit/Credit card through the secure online portal
  • Pre-payment at Standard Bank by downloading and completing the online generated bank receipt and depositing the cash into the nearest Standard Bank
  • EFT payment through the secure online portal

Note- When selecting the pre-payment option, after payment has been done you are required to visit your online application form after 3 working days to proceed to schedule your appointment.