A transfer of temporary residence visa applies to those whom require their current temporary residence visa to be transferred from an old , lost or stolen passport into a new one.
The first step in this process is thus to obtain a new passport. Passport need to be applied for 30 days before expiring. Foreign nationals must apply for passports at their respective country's consulate or embassy.
Where a passport is stolen or lost the first step is for the case to be reported at a local police station as well as to the embassy/ consulate. An affidavit will need to be drafted by the person who lost the passport and subsequently commissioned.
After reporting the case a new passport will need to be applied for.
The visa transfer process cannot be initiated until the applicant has obtained his or her new passport. Once obtained, copies of the following will need to be provided to initiate the process:
1) your old passport/ affidavit in cases of stolen or lost passports;
2)your new passport;
3) your permit/ affidavit in cases of stolen or lost passports;
4) proof of payment of the application fee (R1350-to date).
Processing times for visa transfers range from 30 to 60days.
By Geruza Bumba