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Visa expired what to do

You have 90 days’ time for renewal of visa to live in South Africa. It is strictly prohibited to stay more than 90 days without visa in South Africa.  It is very important to know when your visa duration has been end so you can take a right lawful action for visa extension.

Check your visa expiry date and conditions

Before you decide what to do next, you need to know:

  • When your visa expires
  • Whether your visa has a condition that prevents further stay
  • Your other visa conditions

What to Do Before the Expiration Date Arrives

If you see that the expiration date is coming, and you're still waiting for an answer, it's a good idea to look into what's going on. You can check the status of your application online, at case status page. If for some reason you're unable to do that, or the answer isn't helpful, visit a local office. Perhaps the officer there can give you some news. It's possible, for example, that they already sent you a decision by mail, but for some reason you didn't receive it.

What to Do After the Expiration Date Arrives

Once the expiration date of your permitted stay has passed, you have no actual immigration status. If you were working, based on having a visa that permitted work, you must now stop working.

Once the expiration date of your permitted stay has passed, you have no actual immigration status. If you were working, based on having a visa that permitted work, you must now stop working.

On the other hand, you're not expected to leave the South Africa. Nor are you accruing what's called "unlawful status." This is important, because people who have accrued more than 90 days' unlawful status must, upon leaving the South Africa, be penalized with a bar to reentry of 5 years.

If You Need Help

If your visa has run out and you're not getting satisfactory answers from Else Visa, now would be an excellent time to consult an immigration advisorr. Don't wait until you're at risk of accruing unlawful status or otherwise jeopardizing your right to remain in South Africa.



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