I just got my passport back from visa-processing. It contains a visa-label with a bar-code and alphanumeric code. Does that mean I've a valid visa for South Africa ? If yes, how could I find more information about the visa as in how much validity they gave me and things like that. If it was a denial then surely there would have been something more in the envelope and there isn't. How do I make sense of it and get more information about the visa label.

Update - My bad. The visa was stuck/glued between two pages and was so think so got over-looked :(

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    That sounds like the barcode they put on your passport just to keep track of it in their system. If you got a visa, it should be inside your passport on a sticker, and the validity and other information should be printed on it. If you were denied, then there ought to be some kind of letter indicating as such. Can you check all the pages of your passport to see if anything has been placed inside? – Zach Lipton May 28 '16 at 7:15
  • nope, nothing in the passport anywhere :( Done through vfsglobal :( – shirish May 28 '16 at 7:18
  • Perhaps the denial explanation letter is coming in its own envelope? – user13044 May 28 '16 at 8:20
  • anything's possible but probably will wait for Monday and go to the vfs global, only they will probably be able to help to make sense of this mess, any ideas, tips welcome. – shirish May 28 '16 at 8:23
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    Mystery solved then. Congratulations on getting your visa! – Zach Lipton May 30 '16 at 6:26

It was my bad. The visa was stuck in-between pages. The label as pointed out by everybody are bar-coded labels to track the passport as it goes through the system (as far as I could guess and the logic of others seems correct.)

Hence answering and closing it, thank you everybody for the efforts.

  • You forgot to close it, but congrats on getting the visa! :) – Joel Damien May 30 '16 at 7:13
  • I think it's closed now, once you select the answer. – shirish May 30 '16 at 7:21

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