Joint efforts of the South African and Lesotho governments have resulted in the Lesotho Special Permit (LSP), which aims to legalise the stay of Lesotho nationals in South Africa.
The permits have ensured that Lesotho nationals will be allowed to lawfully work and study in South Africa. “I’m so happy that I don’t have to miss work and income when renewing my permit anymore, because the LSP is for three years,” said Manoko Peter Khasipe, a Lesotho national working in SA.
The South African Department of Home Affairs has responded to a request to extend the closing date of applications for the permits and has announced 30 September 2016 as the new deadline.
In order to qualify for the Lesotho Special Permit, the applicant must:
- Be registered on the Lesotho National Population Register
- Hold a valid (for at least one year) passport with a unique Lesotho ID number
- Have Lesotho police clearance if they have been in South Africa for less than 12 months
- Provide proof of:
- For an LSP Work Permit: Certified employment letter or an affidavit from their employer – for the LSP WORK PERMIT
- For an LSP Business Permit: Business registration with Sars and CIPRO
- For an LSP Study Permit: Registration with a learning institution
- All employment letters, business registration and study letters should have a company stamp or be certified by the South African Police Service or a Commissioner of Oaths
- All employment letters, business registration and study letters must prove that the applicant was residing in South Africa before 30 September 2015
- The application fee is R970 for adults and R900 for children under 18.
For more information on where to apply and to access the online application form, visit http://www.vfsglobal.com/lsp/southafrica.
For additional assistance contact the LSP call centre on 087 230 0411.