In recent news, an extension has been granted for Zimbabwe Exemption Permit (ZEP) holders, providing them with an opportunity to apply for waivers and work permits. The initial deadline, set for the end of June this year, has been extended until the end of December 2023. This article discusses the reasons behind this extension and highlights the importance of ZEP holders taking advantage of this opportunity.
Extension of the Deadline
The Department of Home Affairs (DHA) has made the decision to extend the deadline for ZEP holders to accommodate a larger number of applicants seeking waivers and General Work Visas. By granting more time, the aim is to allow ZEP holders that have not attempted to apply for a waiver or visa more time to do so. It is worth noting that an increasing number of waivers have been approved, making this extension more valuable.
Overcoming Backlogs and Resource Allocation
The DHA still faces significant due to a massive backlog of applications. Because of this, the DHA has dedicated additional resources to process Zimbabwean applications. This backlog only further explains the necessity of extending of the deadline.
Encouraging ZEP Holders to Act
While the extension provides ZEP holders with a valuable opportunity, we advise Zimbabweans take this opportunity to apply as soon as possible. With this extension, and the positive results we are seeing with waiver applications, this opportunity to keep working in South Africa should not be ignored.
The ZEP deadline has been extended until the end of December 2023. With an increasing number of waivers being granted, ZEP holders should take advantage of this extension and apply for a General Work Visa or waiver.
While the Department of Home Affairs is making efforts to address the backlog and streamline the process, ZEP holders should still act urgently before December quickly arrives. By doing so, they can potentially secure their place within the immigration system and open doors to various work opportunities.
Written by Andreas Krensel, Managing Owner
Edited by Simon Carletti, PR and Creative Supervisor