Nigerians with criminal records denied visas in South Africa

April 13, 2015 5:52 pm

Consul-General, South African High Commission in , Ambassador
Mogethi Monaisa, on Monday said the commission sometimes deny issuance
of its visas to Nigerians it discovered to be having criminal records.

“The commission does not just deny people visas, but it is either that
those it sometimes deny issuance of visas are discovered to have
criminal records or failed to meet its requirements. Nigerians should
personally visit our websites for necessary information and requirements
for applying for South African visas,” Monaisa told the Agency of
Nigeria in Lagos

 He said Nigerians should facilitate their visa processing by submitting it to VFS Global.

“This is the company that the commission has authorised to facilitate
the processing of visa applications submitted by Nigerians. The South
High Commission wants Nigerians applying for visas to know that
it is only VFS Global that is recognised by it to facilitate visa
applications on its behalf,” Monaisa said.

The consul-general advised Nigerians to desist from patronising
unauthorised agents and intermediaries who would charge them huge fees
and end up without achieving any results, adding that such act was
illegal.

“They should know that VFS is our only agent to handle issues of visas for the commission,” he said.

Monaisa said the commission would deny such Nigerians the South African
visas if it discovered it, noting that the applicants would also forfeit
the fees paid to such illegal agents.

He assured Nigerian applicants seeking to obtain the South African visas
that the commission would grant their requests as long as they
satisfied the requirements guiding the issuance.

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