Repatriation deposits 35 days to zero hour

Repatriation deposit refund deadline 28 February 2015
Repatriation deposit refund deadline 28 February 2015

You have 35 business days before you forfeit your repatriation deposit!

There 50 days in total of which 35 are working days before February 28th 2015 – the cut off date to claim back your South African repatriation deposit.

Those who have paid repatriation deposits and qualify to reclaim it, need to act immediately to ensure those funds are not forfeited.

The South African Home Affairs Director-General encourages any immigrant/foreigner who, prior to the implementation of the Immigration Amendment Act, 2011 on 26 May 2014, to submit a claim to recover these funds before the cut off day 28 Feb 2015

So who is legible to reclaim their repatriation deposits and where?

  • Foreigners whom have returned to their country of origin- may collect your deposit at the mission or South African Embassy at which you lodged the deposit, the deadline not applicable.
  • Those who have been granted permanent residence in South Africa-are eligible and need to submit their claims before the deadline or risk losing it.
  • Those who have had their status changed whilst in the country, for example a foreigner who entered on a Visitors Visa and subsequently changed to a Study/Work/Own business Visa/Permit- can claim within South Africa and the cut off date applies to you.
  • Foreign students-claim when their Permits expire at the end of their studies, or when/if they are granted a Critical Skills, Work or other Visa, and of course if they are granted a permanent residence Visa.
  • Retirees- you claim yours back once your permit expires from your own country or after you apply and receive permanent residence in South Africa.
    Provided the above applicants meets the requirements set up in the directive.

Remember folks according to the recent update by Home Affairs regarding repatriation deposits, no travelling is expected when claiming your funds. According to the update – an immigrant receives the refunded deposit when they either claim it back as a permanent resident of SA, once they have successfully changed their original status within the country, or when their Visa/Permit expires and the foreigner has left the Republic.
Thank you to the Department of Home Affairs for clearing that up.

Please remember to bring along when you make your claim for your repatriation deposit– the following necessary documents:

  • Completion of Form
  • Passport (not a copy)
  • Original receipt of the deposit (We are told this is NOT negotiable)
  • Banking details / warrant vouchers (cheques)
  • Reason why a client must be refunded
  • Proof of final departure from the Republic of South Africa on or before the expiry of the temporary residence permit for which a condition of a deposit was attached, or proof of permanent residence permit.

NOTE: Anyone who had overstayed his or her permit shall not qualify for a refund,
as he or she would have violated the terms and conditions of his or her temporary
residence permit.

Once again: Failure to claim a refund by 28 February 2015 will result in you repatriation deposit forfeited to the State as unclaimed!

Can Intergate Help?

For applications in South Africa Intergate can assist you in claiming your refund, please contact us on 021 424 2460 for more details of the service or email us on, or speak to your administrator.