Lesotho Special Permit (LSP) Registration

Lesotho Special Permit (LSP) Registration

Applications for SA-issued Lesotho Special Permits (LSP)

is open until 31 DECEMBER 2016 !!


* NB:  From 1 January 2017, all those who have paid but have not completed the application process by end March 2017 will face deportation.

The names of those who have filled the forms but still have not completed the process will be referred to the Ports of Entry, for listing.

This goes also for those who did not make any attempt to regularise their stay in South Africa.

The amnesty and the moratorium NOT to deport will be lifted on 31 March 2017.

CLICK HERE to read the Statement by the Minister



QUESTION: We are a company which employs Lesotho Nationals. What are the consequences of us issuing the employment letters to these employees for the purpose of application of the Lesotho Special Permit knowing that these employees were illegal so far?


ANSWER: The Department of Home Affairs has issued an amnesty for all Lesotho Nationals currently living undocumented in South Africa. The letter of employment is used for the sole purpose of confirming if the Lesotho national has been working in South Africa and to determine if the Lesotho national requires a Lesotho Police Clearance based on the date of employment. There will be no other implication to the Employer.




Are you a Lesotho who has been residing illegally in the Republic of South Africa (RSA) before 30 September 2015?

You MIGHT be eligible to apply for the Lesotho Special Permit (LSP).

To qualify for the LSP, a Lesotho national must:

  • Be registered on the National Population Register (NPR) system of Lesotho and a have a Lesotho ID card
  • Have a valid passport or travel document with a unique Lesotho  identity (ID) number
  • Ensure that the passport is valid for a period of more than four years.  If the validity period of the passport or the travel document is less than four years, the holder will bear the cost of  the replacement of both the passport and the LSP into the new passport
  • Lesotho Nationals who are in South Africa for less than 12 months need to have a Police Clearance Certificate from Lesotho that is not more than six-months old
  • Applicants DO NOT need to apply for a South African Police Clearance Certificate. The Department of Home Affairs (DHA) in South Africa will obtain the South African Police Service clearance on behalf of all LSP applicants
  • Provide proof of :
    • Employment  or Affidavit from employer – to be issued with an LSP Work Permit
    • Business registration with SARS and CIPRO – to get an LSP Business Permit
    • Registration with an educational institution – for an LSP Study Permit


*All supporting documents or letters from employer, school or business registration must proof that the applicant has been residing in South Africa before 30 September 2015


7 Easy steps to apply for a Lesotho Special Permit:

Step 1: Keep your Lesotho ID number and passport details ready

Step 2: Complete online application form at www.vfsglobal.com/lsp/southafricaor visit an application centre near you for assistance on weekends.

Step 3: Make mandatory fee payment (online or prepayment at bank)

Step 4: Schedule appointment online

Step 5: Submit supporting documents & biometrics data at LSP Facilitation centre on appointed date and time

Step 6: Await outcome from DHA

Step 7: Collect LSP outcome from the LSP Facilitation centre


The Fees for an LSP application is ZAR 970


*Lesotho Nationals who are in South Africa for less than 12 months need to have Police Clearance Certificate from Lesotho that is not more than six-months old.

**LSP Permit applications will be managed by VFS Visa Processing SA Pty Ltd and adjudicated by the Department of Home Affairs of the Republic of South Africa

For more information please visit the website: http://www.vfsglobal.com/lsp/southafrica/

Contact details: Call Centre: +27 87 230 0411, E-mail: info.lsp@vfshelpline.com

or Contact Mr Gerson Muti at 060 960 3146  or  012 406 2838 or 012 406 7258 or   gerson.muti@dha.gov.za

High Commission of the Kingdom of Lesotho: Tel: 012 460 7648

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