South African Visas

south african visasMoving to any country is always a big deal and should never be underestimated in any way. If you are planning to move to South Africa, then you may want to gain a better understanding about the different types of South Africa visas which are available.

Some basic information you should know:

Visas for immigration to South Africa

Should you wish to immigrate to South Africa, you will be required to apply for a visa. Visas and permits to South Africa can strictly only be issued by The Department of Home Affairs.

The specific type of permit or visa for immigration purposes which you should apply for is determined by the activity which you choose to undertake during the process of relocating to South Africa.

The available South African visas are:

Work Visa: Anyone who wants to work in South Africa, must apply for a work visa. Both temporary and permanent residency are available. To be eligible for permanent residency however, 5 years on a temporary visa is a requirement.

Spousal and Life Partner Visas: These visas are available to the spouses and life partners of South African citizens or permanent residents. Same-sex partnerships qualify too.

Relative’s Visa: First or second kin family members of South African citizens or permanent residents can apply for a relative’s visa to immigrate to South Africa.

Retired Visa: To spend your retirement years in South Africa, apply for a retired visa. The approval of the visa is subject to meeting certain financial requirements.

Business Visa: Foreigners who want to set up or buy a business in South Africa, or who want to enter into a partnership, must first apply for a business visa.

Contact us with any questions you may have on South African visas

Intergate has processed more than 9 000 visa and visa related queries since our inception in 2005. We are in the perfect position to answer any questions you might have on South African visas and immigration to South Africa. Call our Cape Town office on +27 (0) 21 424 2460 or our Johannesburg office on +27 (0) 11 234 4275. Alternatively, request a free call back for one of our consultants to contact you instead. Until you make contact, why don’t you complete an online assessment to see which South African visa you could qualify for?