South Africa: Visa processing centres partially closed December 21 – January 3

Department of Home Affairs VFS processing centers will be partially closed from December 21, 2015 until January 3, 2016. During this period, foreign nationals will not be able to schedule visa appointments online, however the centres will be open for the collection of approved visas.

The processing centresVFS are expected to still accept appeal applications during the closure period.

What This Means for Employers and Foreign Nationals

During the closure period, foreign nationals should call their VFS center to check on available services and should expect a shortage of available visa appointment dates before and after the closure period.

Those filing appeals should still do so within ten business days of receipt of the letter of outcome during the closure period.