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Introduction and implementation of the automated fingerprint biometric solution which will replace the requirement of the manual South African police clearance certificate
The Immigration Act, No.13 of 2002 requires amongst other supporting documents a submission of a police clearance certificate when making an application for a long- term temporary residence visa or permanent residence permit.
As part of the continuous service improvement and efficiency, the Department of Home Affairs will be introducing a Biometric background check service which is linked to the South African Police Service Database. This service which will be provided at a value added cost of R185.00 (Incl. VAT) will replace the requirement to submit manual police clearance certificates obtained from SAPS.
With effect from the 01 November 2017 applicants will no longer be required to submit RSA police clearance certificates, where applicable, when making an application for a change of condition, renewal or extension of their visa and Permanent Residence Permit within South Africa.
This service is only available to applicants who are submitting an application at VFS for a temporary residence visa or a permanent residence permit. Foreign nationals who need to obtain a police clearance certificate for any other purpose should still request such at the South African Police Service.
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