Over Stay Appeals


South African Immigration will declare a traveller an ¡§undesirable person¡¨ when the traveller overstays in the Republic ie. the traveller has stayed more days in South African than was given on the visa  An ¡§undesirable person¡¨ will be prohibited for a specified period from entering into South Africa.

LOSA is unable to issue a visa to an applicant who has been declared an ¡§undesirable person¡¨. It is the responsibility of the applicant to lodge and appeal directly with Department of Home Affairs. A copy of the outcome of the appeal must be attached to the application for a visa. In the absence of the outcome the appeal no new application for a visa will be accepted.  

Persons who are declared undesirable persons in terms of Section 30(1)(h) read with 50(1) of the Immigration Act, no 13 of 2002 as amended (no. 13 of 2011) must submit the written representative as indicated below:

The following documents must be submitted:

1.      Written representation

2.      A copy of the declaration of undesirability (form 19) that was issued at the Port of Entry

3.      Copy of the relevant pages of the passport, including bio page

4.      Acknowledgment of receipt( in cases where the applicant has applied for a permit and the status is still pending)

5.      If the applicant overstayed due to medical reasons a medical certificated must be submitted.

The appeal must be e-mailed to:  Overstayappeals@dha.gov.za  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For confirmation that the appeal has been received applicants may contact IMS Deportations at +27 12 406 4985

Please note that LOSA is not mandated to submit or follow up on any appeal outcome for any applicant.