Important Information

  • Festive Season Closures

    All applicants are advised to take note of the below festive season operating hours and closure dates:

    • 19 December 2019 – Last day of submission.
    • 20 December 2019 – Open for collections only (08:00 hrs – 15:00 hrs).
    • 23 and 24 December 2019 – Closed.
    • 27 December 2019 - Open for collections only (08:00 hrs – 13:00 hrs).
    • 30 and 31 December 2019 – Closed.
    • 02 and 03 January 2020 - Open for collections only (08:00 hrs – 13:00 hrs).
    • 06 January 2020 – Reopen for submission and collections.

    Please also refer to the “public holidays/closures” page for more information.

    GGDA Closures

    Please note that the last day for submission at the GGDA office will be the 19 December 2019 and will be open for collections on 20 December 2018 from 08:00 hrs to 15:00 hrs.

    Please note that the GGDA office will be completely closed on the 23 December 2019, 24 December 2019, 27 December 2019, 02 January 2020 as well as the 03 January 2020. The office will resume normal operations on the 06 January 2020.

  • 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 R175.00 (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. VFS offices will continue to accept manual SAPS police clearance certificates until the 31 December 2017, thereafter DHA will only accept the taking of biometrics (fingerprints) in respect of checking criminal records.

    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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