Rectifications on Permanent Residence


Rectification applications can be lodged at VFS centres countrywide.

  • All rectifications accepted for application which were lodged through VFS Global post 6 June 2014 will bear no cost
  • All rectifications accepted for application which were not lodged through VFS Global will attract the VFS service fee
  • The following administration process applies to transfers and rectifications of visas issued by the Department of Home Affairs. It only applies to valid visas in lost, damaged or stolen passport. It is not applicable to expired passports.
  •  Rectifications
  • The Department of Home Affairs will only accept requests for rectifications in the following instances:
  • Approved: Visa labels
  • Names: Where the names of the applicant are incorrectly spelled or are not captured as indicated by the applicant on their application form
  • Visa category: Where the visa category is incorrectly captured and is not the same as the one applied for by the applicant. The visa label will only be corrected if VFS can confirm and prove that the category as per the checklist on the pdf is correct and the category on the visa label is incorrect.
  • Reference Nr: Where the application reference number on the visa label is incorrect and does not correspond with the reference number allocated to the applicant on their original visa application form.
  • Dates: Where the issue date and the expiry date do not correspond, for instance where the validity period of the visa is issued for a period longer than the period prescribed for the category applied for. Eg, a visitor’s visa issued for 4 years
  • Visa conditions: Where the conditions of a visa are incorrect. For example; where the applicant applied for a work visa which is granted, but has the incorrect name of the employer or the position.
  • Visa conditions - Secondary activities: Where the conditions on the visa were supposed to have more than one activity. For example; “to continue employment with ABSA bank as a general manager while studying with WITS university”.
  • The Department will accept a rectification if the visa was issued as “to continue employment with ABSA bank as a general manager” and the applicant requests that the correct secondary activity of study be added.
  • Note: This will only be done if in the original application this was the full purpose of the application. This rectification does not apply to applicants who wish to add a secondary activity later after receiving the visa.
  • This service (Rectification) is free of charge. No DHA/VFS fee payable.

Documents Required

  • Certified copy of the permanent residence certificate to be rectified.
  • Proof / supporting documents for rectification.
  • Passport copy

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

Rectification post VFS



Rectification pre VFS



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.