Don’t lose your Repatriation Deposits – South Africa

Anyone who has paid a Repatriation Deposit to the South African Department of Home Affairs to secure their temporary residence visas for South Africa, will lose this deposit if they do not claim it before the 28th February 2015.  The Department is, in terms of the new requirements under the Immigration Amendment Act, 2011, no longer requiring repatriation deposits as a term or condition for issuing temporary residence visas.

This repatriation deposit was required by the Department of Home Affairs to cover the possible cost of deportation, should the individual need to be deported from South Africa. As this is no longer a requirement, the period for claiming this repatriation deposit expires on the 28 February 2015. Failure to claim a refund by 28 February 2015 will result in the deposit forfeited to the State as unclaimed.

For assistance to claim your repatriation deposit please contact Relocation Africa +27 (0)21 7634240 or

According to the Act No. 13 of 2002 [Section 10(5) as amended, read with Regulation 7(8) of the repealed Immigration Regulations, 2005]