Home Affairs Minister Aaron Motsoaledi has confirmed which services will be available at Home Affairs offices during the country’s adjusted level 2 lockdown and announced extension dates for various documents.
While Home Affairs offices are operational across the country, some services have been suspended to reduce the number of physical visits.
This is to limit the risk of people infecting each other and the staff because social distancing is difficult when you have a large crowd, it said.
Motsoaledi has subsequently published a national gazette, detailing what services will be available under the extended level 2 lockdown and going forward.
- Birth registration;
- Late registration of births;
- Reissue of birth, marriage and death certificates;
- Temporary identity certificate requests;
- Requests and collection of identity cards and documents;
- Passport applications and withdrawal;
- Celebration and registration of marriages;
- Citizenship retention and renunciation requests;
- Requests for rectification and modification of personal data;
- Travel document requests for people who plan to travel abroad;
- All back-office support services;
- Visa services within the meaning of immigration law;
- Online renewal of refugee status and asylum seeker permits / visas.
Extensions and new dates
Motsoaledi also extended the validity period of legally issued visas that expired during the lockdown period. These would have expired on September 30, 2021, but will now remain valid until December 31, 2021. This applies to all visa and permit holders who requested the previous exemption, and who have not left the country since the declaration of the state of disaster, and for asylum seeker permit holders and refugee status which expired during the state of disaster.
He added that the following services will be rendered by the Interior Ministry from the following dates:
- Applications for a permanent residence permit are appealed from October 1, 2021;
- Proof of applications for a permanent residence permit with effect from October 1, 2021;
- Applications for a permanent residence permit from January 1, 2022.
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