Most Read Contributor in South Africa, September 2016
The Department of Home Affairs has announced that it will
no longer require a repatriation deposit as a
condition for issuing a temporary residence
Previously, under the now repealed Immigration Regulations,
2005, individuals who wished to be granted a temporary residence
visa could be called upon to pay a repatriation deposit, which
would be refunded after their departure or once they had been
granted a permanent residence permit.
Now, anyone who paid a repatriation deposit before 26 May 2014
may, before the deadline of 28 February 2015,
approach any South African Mission in his or her country of origin
for a refund.
Those seeking a refund within the Republic of South Africa at
the Department of Home Affairs will however, only be granted a
refund under exceptional circumstances whereby a
person has acquired a permanent residence permit or has changed his
or her status in the Republic of South Africa prior to 26
In order to claim a refund, the following documents need to be
Application for refund of repatriation deposit form (available
at South African Foreign Missions or Department of Home Affairs
Original Passport (for verification purposes);
Original receipt of the deposit;
Proof of banking details/warrant vouchers (cheques);
Proof of final departure from the Republic of South Africa on or
before the expiry of the temporary residence permit; and
In the case where an application for refund is made in the
Republic, proof of change of status prior to 26 May 2014 or proof
of permanent residence permit.
Please note that anyone who overstayed their
permit will not qualify for a refund, as they
would have violated the terms and conditions of their temporary
Failure to claim a refund by 28
February 2015 will result in the deposit being forfeited
to the State as unclaimed.
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