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Angolan Exemption Permit Update
Dear ACP clients,
Please read this page carefully. Your questions should be answered below.
If you still have questions, you can email acp@scalabrini.org.za, or you can come to an information session at the Scalabrini Hall on one of the following days:
14:30 on 13 September
14:30 on 14 September
14:30 on 19 September
14:30 on 21 September
What is the process I must follow now?
The Department of Home Affairs has granted conditional rights of permanent residency to all ACP applicants for a period of four years. This was stated in the letter from the Minister of Home Affairs, accessible here.
All ACP applicants must now provide extra details and documents at VFS offices. VFS will call you to make an appointment for this. VFS will take your fingerprints and photos. This information will be sent to Home Affairs. Home Affairs will then process this and make a decision.
If all documents are received, Home Affairs will issue you with a residency permit. This will be a sticker, which will be put into your passport. VFS will call you or send you an sms when your visa (the sticker) is ready to be collected at their offices.
How do I make an appointment with VFS?
1. VFS will call you on your cell phone.
2. You will receive a call between 10 September and 27 September 2017. VFS will make an appointment with you.
3. They will confirm the time and date of your appointment, and tell you what documents you must bring with you.
What do I need to bring to the VFS appointment?
Home Affairs has made it clear that all applicants must bring important documents. The application will not be complete without this:
1. Your Angolan passport with the ACP permit inside.
2. Employment/study documents:
- If you are employed: you must bring a letter from your employer confirming your employment. This letter must: be signed, and be recently dated and contain the company contact details. Alternatively, you must bring a current contract of employment.
- If you are self-employed: you must bring your business registration with CPIC, or SARS registration of business. If you do not have these, you must bring a completed affidavit, please click here to download this affidavit.
- If you are studying: you must bring an updated, current letter from your school, university or college confirming that you are currently studying.
- If you are not studying or working: you must bring a completed affidavit, explaining your situation and why you are not working, and how you intend to support yourself.
3. If your police clearance certificate arrived late (after your permanent residency application was given to Home Affairs on 15 February 2015), you must bring your police clearance certificate to your VFS appointment. If you handed in your police clearance certificate with your permanent residency application, you do not need to bring a police clearance certificate.
Please remember, if you do not hand in these documents, your residency permit might not be issued. It is very important that you bring all these documents to the VFS appointment.
Where will the VFS appointment take place?
If you live in Cape Town: when VFS call you, you will be given a time and date to come to Scalabrini. The VFS company will set up an office at Scalabrini Hall.
If you live in Johannesburg, Durban or Pretoria: when VFS call you, you will be given an appointment to go to the VFS office in that city. The appointment letter will confirm which VFS office to go to.
My police clearance certificate arrived after my residency application was handed in to Home Affairs. What must I do?
If your police clearance certificate arrived after the application was given to Home Affairs on 15 February 2017, you must make an appointment with VFS (as explained above) and you must bring your police clearance certificate to the VFS appointment with you.
I gave my police clearance certificate to Scalabrini. What do I do?
We will communicate with you about this. When you come to your VFS appointment at Scalabrini, we will give back your police clearance certificate. Please bring your yellow receipt.
If you submitted your residency application in Johannesburg, you would have applied at Legal Resources Centre or Lawyers for Human Rights. We will send the police clearance certificate back to the organization where you applied.
I have a criminal record. What do I do?
VFS will call you to make an appointment with them. You must still accept an appointment with VFS, as explained above. Once you have been to the VFS appointment, Home Affairs will consider your application taking into account the specific facts of your situation. VFS will call you or send you an sms once Home Affairs has made a decision on your application.
I have a new Angolan passport. What do I do?
When you go to the VFS appointment, you must bring the Angolan passport that has the ACP permit inside. You must also bring your new Angolan passport.
I have lost my passport. What do I do?
When you go to the VFS appointment, you must bring a copy of the Angolan passport that had the ACP permit inside. You must also bring a copy of the ACP permit itself. You must also bring your new Angolan passport, or proof of application for the new passport.
I have a new cell phone number. What must I do?
If you have a new cell phone number, please email acp@scalabrini.org.za or come to give the new cell number to reception at Scalabrini.
These permits will expire in four years from date of issue. What will happen then?
These applications to permanent residency were ‘exemption’ applications. Under this section of the immigration law, the Minister of Home Affairs has a right to grant the rights of permanent residency for any time period. In this case she decided to grant the rights of permanent residency a period of four years.
If you are issued this residency permit, you can make applications to another type of visa if you wish (for example, a spousal visa or a work visa, among others). A year before expiry, you could apply for another exemption or consider the other visa options that may be made available to you at that time.
Posted in September 2017 in Press Releases.
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