ALERT: Basotho urged to submit outstanding documents before end March

2017-03-28 13:15 - Louzel Lombard Steyn
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Cape Town - Lesotho nationals who have made payments for the Lesotho Special Permit (LSP) before or on 31 December 2016 have until 31 March 2017 to submit outstanding documents to complete the application process that will enable previously undocumented Lesotho nationals to live, study, work or run businesses in South Africa legally. 

The warning comes from visa-processing company and Department of Home Affairs partner, VFS Global, issuing the last call for applicants who have proof of payment to submit outstanding documents at the closest LSP Application Centre before the deadline. 

To date, a total number of 93 755 applications have been processed. Of these 70 101 have been adjudicated by the Department of Home Affairs. 

To date, only 57 858 permits have been collected.

What you need to know 

Lesotho nationals who applied with Lesotho ID cards or birth certificates with ID numbers, but did not present a valid passport or have outstanding documents, must provide all supporting documents before the deadline, to finalise their application. 

NOTE: Basotho can reach VFS Global call-centre on 087 230 0411 to get a status of their application. They should collect their permits once they have received confirmation that the permit is ready for collection.

Applicants for the special permit must fulfil the following requirements to qualify for the LSP -

Provide proof of studying, working or doing business in South Africa before 31 September 2015 
Be registered on the National Population Register (NPR) system of Lesotho and a have a Lesotho ID card or a birth certificate with an ID number
Lesotho nationals who are in South Africa for less than 12 months need to have a police clearance certificate from Lesotho that is not more than six months old 

NOTE: Applicants DO NOT need to apply for a South African police clearance certificate. The Department of Home Affairs (DHA) in South Africa will obtain the South African Police Service clearance on behalf of all LSP applicants. 
IMPORTANT: All those who have paid, but have not completed the application process by 31 March 2017 will face serious consequences. These include loss of work, study and business prospects, arrest and deportation. This goes also for those who made no attempt to regularise their stay in South Africa.

Where to submit outstanding LSP documents 

The DHA has dedicated LSP application centres through its partnership with VFS Global in the following provinces - 

Gauteng - Mount Royal Building, 657 James Crescent, Midrand OR 1 floor, Finance House, 25 Ernest Oppenheimer Str, Bruma, Bedfordview 
Free State - 48 Glen road, Hilton, Bloemfontein
Limpopo - Shop 13, Thornhill Shopping Centre, C/O Veldspaat & Munnik Ave, Bendor Park, Polokwane
North West - Von Wielligh 26, Bo Dorp, Rustenburg
Western Cape - Unit 5, Royal Eagle, 5 Progress Street, George
Mpumalanga - Office 5F, Nedbank building, 30 Brown Str, Nelspruit
Eastern Cape - Office 7C, 1st Floor Moffet on Main, Cnr 17th Ave and Main Road, Walmer, Port Elizabeth
KwaZulu-Natal - 36 Silverton Road, Silverton Oaks Building, Musgrave, Durban
Northern Cape - Unit 3, Building 2, Agri Office Park, N12, Kimberley 

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