Proof of Permanent Residence


Applicants applying for proof of permanent residence are requested to fill in an online application form on the VFS website, schedule an appointment and submit required documents at VFS centres, the payment of ZAR 100 for proof of permanent residence must be paid at VFS along with the VFS service fee, this payment can be made through the available payment methods.

Documents Required

  • Online application form fully completed in detail and signed.
  • Proof of payment of Departmental fee
  • Copy of Permanent Residence/ Exemption certificate if possible.
  • Proof of compliance with conditions on applicant’s permit or main applicant’s
  • Permit (in the case of a family).
  • Copy of passport (Previous and current) Reflecting PR endorsement.
  • Copy of ID book if applicable.

Processing Time

The Department of Home Affairs is committed to the following turnaround times for specific categories of visas and permits:

Permanent residence finalized within 8 months (Only for extra-ordinary skills, general work and business applications)
Temporary Residence visa applications for Business and general work visas will be finalized within 8 weeks or less (40 working days) and
Temporary Residence visa applications for Critical skills work visas will be finalized within 4 weeks or less (20 working days).

All other categories for Temporary Residence visa applications will be finalised in 60 working days from date of submission at VFS (renewals, change of conditions, extensions. Not applicable to Appeals)

All other categories for permanent residence permit applications will be finalised between 12 months to 24 months from date of submission at VFS.

You can track your application online on VFS Global website to determine status of your application.

Visa Fees


DHA Application Fee

VFS Service Fee

Proof of permanent residence



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.