URGENT: Please read the below it may have a profound effect on you the next time you travel.
With immediate effect and no notice (other than than the notice displayed in Home Affairs announcing the change) there has been an alteration to the policy of issuing endorsements (stamps) in your passport for permanent residency - Home Affairs will no longer issue permanent residence stamps into passports going forward.
When leaving and entering South Africa this is the endorsement that immigration officers look for, in particular to allow you back into South Africa as a permanent resident.
What will be given instead of the endorsement?
You will get nothing else in its stead. You will now have to reply on your permanent residency certificate.
What do I need to aware of?
When you now travel outside of South Africa you will need to take along your permanent residency certificate.
What if I currently have an endorsement (stamp) in my passport?
This change has been brought about, as you can see from the picture, with no notice and without further explanation. Therefore to give you a 100% correct answer is not possible.
There are however only 2 scenarios:
1. They do not let you back into South Africa without presentation of your permanent residence certificate.
2. They do let you in after seeing the existing stamp in your passport.
Prudence dictates that with this lack of information you should take your certificate with you.
What else can I do other than carry the certificate?
If you have your South African ID book you can use this. If you do not yet have your South African ID book, we strongly suggest you apply for one. Carrying a certificate is a little impractical in terms of its robustness and the consequences of losing it not good - you will need to reapply for it and who knows who long this may take.
Can Intergate Immigration help with ID book applications?
Sorry, no. All ID book applications must be made in person.