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The South African government has announced that it will not extend the Zimbabwe Exemption Permit (ZEP) scheme beyond Dec. 31, 2021.
Background: Next year will mark the first year since 2009 that special permits are not available to Zimbabwean nationals. The ZEP program began when the South African government granted “special dispensation” for Zimbabweans who were in the country illegally, many of them having had fled violence and instability in Zimbabwe. The South African government replaced Special Dispensation for Zimbabweans with Zimbabwean Special Permits in 2014 and again in 2017 with the introduction of the ZEP.
BAL Analysis: ZEP holders must secure a different visa by 2023 to stay in South Africa legally. BAL will continue to monitor developments regarding the visa extensions and will provide more information as it becomes available.
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