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Are you on the DZP (Dispensation Permit)..WHAT NEXT?

Are you on the DZP (Dispensation Permit)..WHAT NEXT?

Are you a Zimbabwean holding a Dispensation Permit (DZP) which expires in 2014 or 2015? If you are unsure what your options are next, please read on.


We have experienced an increase in enquiries from Zimbabweans with the 4 -year Dispensation Permit with the same question –“Do the latest rule changes affect me, and can I extend or renew my Dispensation Visa?’’

Firstly, there has been no indication or update from Home Affairs, that the Dispensation Permit is going to be renewable, and as far as we are aware it doesn’t lead to permanent residency.

Secondly, the Dispensation Permit is not the same permit as the General Work Permit as many seem to mistakenly perceive. The Dispensation Permit was a free permit issued to Zimbabweans for the intention to work in South Africa, while the General Work Permit is based on completely different criteria.

Therefore you currently have 2 choices at this stage:

1)      You can wait until there is further news from Home Affairs

2)      You could apply for an alternative work permit to change onto (if you meet the criteria)

Alternative Work Permits:

General Work Permit, IF you meet the following criteria:

  • You are in a skilled position
  • You have a relevant qualification to your current profession
  • You have relevant experience in your current line of work
  • You must be in a position which cannot easily be filled by a local person
  • Your company will need to prove they can’t find a local person for the job through an advert

Quota Permit, IF you meet the following criteria:

  • Your profession is on the Quota List (Skills Shortage list – e.g. Economist, Engineer)
  • You must be registered with you relevant governing body
  • You must hold a degree in your given profession
  • You must have a minimum of 5 years full time work experience in the line of work

If you think you meet the above criteria for a General Work Permit or Quota Permit we can assist with your application, if not please contact Home Affairs directly for an update on your Dispensation Permit and whether you can renew it or not.

For more clarity please contact me at: asha@nwisouthafrica.co.za or 021 555 0951.

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